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CLax names Jim Veltman commissioner

Jim Veltman.
Jim Veltman.

The Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) is pleased to announce that National Lacrosse League Hall of Famer, Jim Veltman has joined the league as Commissioner. Veltman returns to a front office position as CLax enters its fourth season. “I’m excited to take a leadership role with this league. I enjoyed my time coaching Jr. CLax last season while the league restructuring occurred, and feel that the ownership group has made some great steps as we head into the future.” READ MORE »


Dirty Dozen: Roughnecks extend impressive NLL playoff streak, Lock Monsters win Creator’s Cup, and No. 800 for John Tavares

Part of Calgary's playoff streak includes a 2009 title, which had current coach Curt Malawsky on board. (Photo: Dave Sanders)
Part of Calgary's playoff streak includes a 2009 title, which had current coach Curt Malawsky on board. (Photo: Dave Sanders)

It’s one of the more impressive streaks of the National Lacrosse League, and it pretty much snuck up on us. When the Calgary Roughnecks clinched a playoff berth over the weekend, it spurred a moment of research to find out which NLL team has the longest streak of playoff appearances. The answer to the primary question revealed another answer as well, which is to say that whenever anyone refers to the Riggers as perennial champions, now you know why. That’s because the Roughnecks have been NLL playoff participants for 11 straight season. And that, by far, is the longest active streak in the league. So the logical progression here is: how does that stack up against the rest of the NLL? READ MORE »


CLax All-Star Game goes Saturday in Wilmot


The Canadian Lacrosse League will hold its first All-Star Game this Saturday at 2pm at the Wilmot Recreation Complex. CLax is using the old NHL format where the league champions, in this case the Niagara Lock Monsters, face off against an all-star team comprising players from the other four teams in the league. As might be expected, the all-star squad is weighted heavily towards the offensive end of the floor. League scoring champion Chris Attwood, who must be a strong candidate for both offensive and transition player of the year, highlights the team that will take on the champion Lock Monsters. READ MORE »


Niagara Lock Monsters beat Ohsweken Demons in overtime to win Creators Cup

Kavan Sullivan (centre) scored the overtime goal as Niagara won the Creators Cup. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Kavan Sullivan (centre) scored the overtime goal as Niagara won the Creators Cup. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

On Friday evening the Ohsweken Demons and the Niagara Lock Monsters clashed at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in a battle for the 2014 Creator’s Cup.

The Demons were the first on the scoresheet with just over four minutes left in the first when Blue Hill found the back of the net.  2 minutes later, Andrew Potter would answer back for the Lock Monsters and the first quarter would end tied at 1.

In the second, the Demons opened the scoring with back to back goals from Roger Vyse and Kedoh Hill.  The Lock Monsters would claw back to tie up the game at 4-4 and with just under 2 minutes left, Wayne VanEvery went hard to the net and put the Demons up 5-4 heading into the half.

In the third, the Demons began to pull away outscoring the Lock Monsters 3-1 in the quarter building an 8-5 lead going into the final quarter. READ MORE »


Dirty Dozen: East vs. West when it comes to NLL awards, Mr. Fleury takes in a Riggers game, and kudos for clever April Fool’s joke

Geoff Snider, center, is on pace for a career season in faceoffs. Will it be enough to win NLL hardware? (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Geoff Snider, center, is on pace for a career season in faceoffs. Will it be enough to win NLL hardware? (Photo: Dan Brodie)

We’re not out to start anything. Promise. But when it comes to the world of sports, comparisons are inevitable, the National Lacrosse League being no exception. So as we enter the stretch drive of this 2014 season, the thoughts naturally turn to candidates for the major individual awards. But instead of predicting them for this season, let’s take a look at another batch of criteria that’s always fun to inspect: East vs. West. In other words, how has the East done against the West, and vice versa. This is a debate rooted in summer lacrosse — Ontario vs. B.C. and Alberta — and if you’re convinced that the East is dominant, you haven’t been paying attention. At least not lately. While players from the East have certainly won their share of NLL hardware, there’s no doubting that the West has come on strong in recent seasons. READ MORE »


Ohsweken Demons and Niagara Lock Monsters earn berths in Creators Cup final

Shane Francis scored a pair of goals to help the Ohsweken Demons return to the Creators Cup final for the second time in three years. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Shane Francis scored a pair of goals to help the Ohsweken Demons return to the Creators Cup final for the second time in three years. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

In Week 9, the Niagara Lock Monsters earned a spot in the 2014 CLax Creator’s Cup Final with a thrilling 9-8 victory over the Barrie Blizzard on Saturday afternoon. That evening, the Ohsweken Demons held off the SouthWest Cyclops for a 12-10 win, and advanced to the finals to take on the Lock Monsters. The Creator’s Cup will be played Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m. at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

On Saturday afternoon, the Barrie Blizzard travelled to Seymour Hannah Arena for a highly anticipated match up with the Niagara Lock Monsters. The first quarter was tightly played by both teams, exchanging scoring changes at both ends of the floor, and at the end of the first, the Lock Monsters held a slim 2-1 lead. The second quarter was all Lock Monsters, scoring 5 unanswered goals in the quarter to build a 7-1 lead going into the half. READ MORE »


Dirty Dozen: How the NLL evolved during JT’s streak, Snider is the all-time draw king, Rush return to Rochester for showdown

A lot has happened in the NLL during the 185-game scoring streak for Buffalo's John Tavares. (Photo: Adam Borgstahl)
A lot has happened in the NLL during the 185-game scoring streak for Buffalo's John Tavares. (Photo: Adam Borgstahl)

So if nothing else comes of this season for the Minnesota Swarm, the defensive corps will have something to hang its hat on years from now. In last week’s overtime win over the Buffalo Bandits, the Swarm held John Tavares without a point. That’s something not many teams can claim, because that was the first time JT’s gone pointless in a National Lacrosse League game since Jan. 25, 2002. The man who leads the league in just about every career offensive category had scored at least 1 point in 185 straight games, but now he’s got to start another streak. A natural course of action to bring that into perspective, so we’ll try to do just that with a look at what’s gone on in and around the NLL during that streak for Tavares. READ MORE »


CLax Semifinals set for this Sunday

Angus Dineley and the Barrie Blizzard held off Mike Burke and the Southwest Cyclops to take third place and set the matchups for the CLax semis this Sunday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Angus Dineley and the Barrie Blizzard held off Mike Burke and the Southwest Cyclops to take third place and set the matchups for the CLax semis this Sunday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

With Barrie’s win last Sunday over the SouthWest Cyclops, the semi-finals have been set, and the Barrie Blizzard will travel to St. Catharines for a match up with the Niagara Lock Monsters this Sunday, March 30 at 4 p.m. at Seymour Hannah Arena.  The second semi-final goes later that evening as the Ohsweken Demons host the SouthWest Cyclops at 8 p.m. at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

In the first semi-final, the second place Niagara Lock Monsters take on CLax’s most talked about team, the Barrie Blizzard.  Niagara leads the season series 2-0 after defeating the Blizzard handily 16-8 and 16-10 in the first two weeks of the season. READ MORE »


CLax Players of the Week: Week 7

Caleb Wiles scoring one of his 8 goals last weekend. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Caleb Wiles scoring one of his 8 goals last weekend. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) has announced its Week Seven Players of the Week for the 2014 Season.

Offensive Player of the Week: Caleb Wiles – Barrie Blizzard – Wiles was on fire last weekend racking up an incredible 8 goals and 5 assists helping the Blizzard to back to back wins.

Honourable mention goes to Barrie’s Jonas Derks who tallied 4 goals and 4 assists in two wins for the Blizzard.  Additional mention goes to Durham’s Gavin Prout who tallied 4 goals and 3 assists in a losing effort for the Turfdogs. READ MORE »


Lock Monsters down Cyclops 11-7

Dave DiRuscio swallows up a shot from the Southwest Cyclops in Niagara's Friday win. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Dave DiRuscio swallows up a shot from the Southwest Cyclops in Niagara's Friday win. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Niagara Lock Monsters will be playing host to a playoff game. They assured themselves of second place in the Canadian Lacrosse League with an 11-7 win over the Southwest Cyclops Friday night. The game was tight throughout until the Lock Monsters went on the only run of more than 2 goals in the entire contest, scoring three times in 1:17 midway through the fourth quarter to take a stranglehold. Both teams put in strong defensive efforts and their goalies rewarded them with outstanding play when called up to make tough saves. Dave DiRuscio gave up a goal on the first shot he faced but was excellent from then on out, stopping 46 of the 53 shots that Southwest directed at him. Jay Preece may have been even better at the other end, turning aside 51 of 62 shots including several spectacular saves. READ MORE »