The Canadian Lacrosse League has released the schedule for the five teams that will take part in the 2014 season. Teams will play a nine-game schedule that includes a home and home series with each of the other teams, as well as a trip to Cattaraugus, NY to play the Can Am league’s Tuscarora Tomahawks. The season kicks off on Saturday, February 1 when the Barrie Blizzard visit the Niagara Lock Monsters and the Ohsweken Demons make their trek to Tuscarora. The Durham Turfdogs play their first game the following day at Niagara. The final team, the Southwest Cyclops, get their season started Saturday February 8 at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena, playing the Demons. The schedule wraps up with the Cyclops at Barrie’s Molson Centre to face the Blizzard on Sunday, February 23. Dates, locations and the format for the playoffs have not yet been announced. READ MORE »
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This may be the last time you get to see the Toronto Shooting Stars’ logo. The dispersal draft for the defunct Shooting Stars was held Sunday afternoon. The Durham Turfdogs were the most active team in the draft, having made a number of trades to acquire extra picks, including the first overall. They used it to select Mack O’Brien, the 2013 CLax transition player of the year. He’ll help to bolster the running game, as will Mark Farthing, whom they picked up in a trade shortly before the draft. Their offence should get a boost with the addition of Josh Wasson and Derek Hopcroft. In total, Durham owned seven of the 12 picks in the first three rounds of the draft. READ MORE »
The Canadian Lacrosse League announced its initial plans for the 2014 season last week and CLax follows that with news of an upcoming dispersal draft as well as new ownership for the league. Over the weekend, the league announced that a collaborative effort between Rodney Hill (Ohsweken Demons) and the Charlesway Corporation (Niagara Lock Monsters and Barrie Blizzard) have formed Canadian Lacrosse League Holdings, which now owns CLax. Paul St. John, the league’s founder, stays with the league as a special advisor. On Monday night, CLax announced it will conduct a dispersal draft for the Toronto Shooting Stars on Sunday, Dec. 15. The draft will comprise 6 rounds and players not drafted upon the conclusion of the sixth round will become free agents. Draft order is as follows: 1. Barrie Blizzard, 2. Durham TurfDogs, 3. Southwest Cyclops, 4. Niagara Lock Monsters.
The Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) will enter into the 2014 season with a five team league featuring the Barrie Blizzard, Durham TurfDogs, Ohsweken Demons, Niagara Lock Monsters, and a travel team based out of Southwestern Ontario called the SouthWest Cyclops. Additionally, each team will play one game versus the Tuscarora Tomahawks based out of Cattaraugus, New York over the course of the season. The 2014 season will begin in early February and will consist of nine games plus playoffs. READ MORE »
The Canadian Lacrosse League has announced the 1st and 2nd Team All-Stars for the 2013 season. Niagara Lock Monsters rookie goaltender Connor Danko and teammate Andrew Potter both earned CLax first team honours. In nine regular season games, Danko posted a 7-1 record tying the Clax single season wins record. He also finished second in the league in both goals against average (10.20 GAA) and save percentage (.809). After being selected first overall in the 2013 Clax entry draft, Potter finished second in league scoring registering 31 goals and 48 assists for 79 points. READ MORE »
The Canadian Lacrosse League is pleased to announce Barrie Blizzard forward Caleb Wiles as the 2013 CLax Rookie of the Year. ”As a newcomer to CLax, Caleb proved to be one of the most dynamic and prolific scorers in our game,” said CLax Deputy Commissioner Jim Veltman. “Game in and game out he would produce highlight reel goals made of magic.”
In his first season, Wiles finished fifth in league scoring registering 63 points including 35 goals and 28 assists in 12 regular season games. He collected 10 power play goals and led the league with seven shorthanded markers. His 35 goals was also tied for the second highest in CLax history.
Wiles played his Junior A career with Orillia and has been a member of the Major Series Brooklin Redmen the past two seasons. The league also announced the 2013 All Rookie Team. READ MORE »
The final weekend of the Canadian Lacrosse League regular season saw three games, all of which had the potential for playoff implications coming into the week.
The Iroquois Ironmen seem to be peaking at the right time as they won on back-to-back days clinching the final playoff spot. Their win over Brampton on Friday night also gave the Toronto Shooting Stars second overall positioning in the standings. Unfortunately it meant a game played for pride on Sunday in Barrie, but the Blizzard had their best game of the year in front of one of the loudest crowds in CLax history.
After the dust settled on the regular season, league officials combined with team coaches and general managers voted and selected the following as the Surge Apparel Players of the Week for week thirteen.
Offensive Player of the Week
Pat Saunders – Brampton Inferno
In Friday night’s loss to the Ironmen, Brampton found themselves clawing back all night long. It was often Pat Saunders scoring momentum-changing goals as he had five on the night to add to two assists. This is Saunders’ second weekly award. READ MORE »
The Canadian Lacrosse League is preparing for the playoffs that start this Friday night when the Brampton Inferno play host to the Durham Turfdogs in the first quarter-final. The other quarter-final is a rematch of last year’s Creators Cup championship game when the Ohsweken Demons and Iroquois Ironmen meet at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena Sunday. Before the regular season passed into the rearview mirror, though, the final game held a new twist that CLax is excited about for next year. The Barrie Blizzard unveiled their new blue turf as they won their final game of the season, downing the second-place Toronto Shooting Stars behind a 6-point performance from Caleb Wiles (3g, 3a). The Blizzard, who finished last and will miss the playoffs, none the less played before an enthusiastic crowd reported to be 1,000 strong. The league will sport three of the blue turf floors in 2014, when it returns for its third season. First, of course, there’s the matter of crowning a 2013 champion. The semi-finals will be held Saturday April 20 at the ILA followed by the Creators Cup final the next day at the same venue. Niagara and Toronto, the top two regular season teams, will face the quarter-final winners on the Saturday.
The Iroquois Ironmen made the Canadian Lacrosse League playoff race a lot more interesting last night by downing the Brampton Inferno 14-13 in overtime. Iroquois leapfrogged the Barrie Blizzard for the sixth and final playoff spot in CLax with the win, but both teams have one game to play. Iroquois can lock up the postseason berth by beating the Durham Turfdogs at 2 pm today in a game that can be seen live via JVI Video webcast. If they don’t, then the Blizzard can snag the berth back by beating the Toronto Shooting Stars at home on Sunday.
Toronto clinched second place and a first-round bye when the Inferno lost yesterday, meaning the playoff picture is almost set. The first-place Niagara Lock Monsters and the Shooting Stars receive a bye to the semi-finals, to be held April 20 at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. The Creators Cup final is also there the following day. READ MORE »
It’s no surprise that the Niagara Lock Monsters now boast the two highest-scoring players in the short history of the Canadian Lacrosse League. The Lock Monsters hit the 20-goal mark for the fifth time this season as they dumped the Barrie Blizzard 21-9 Saturday for their eleventh win, also the top total CLax has seen. They’re the only team to have scored 20 or more this year [Editor's note: correction. Ohsweken beat Barrie 20-7 on March 10] after three teams managed the feat once each in CLax’s first season in 2012 (Brampton, Ohsweken and Iroquois) The big scoring totals have been fuelled largely by lefty Andrew Potter and righty Corey Fowler, who sit one-two atop the league’s all-time single-season scoring chart now after they scored 16 points between them yesterday. READ MORE »