Optimism reigned supreme for the Edmonton Rush heading into 2013, and why not? The National Lacrosse League team lost in the Champion’s Cup the year before and added sniper Mark Matthews as the No. 1 overall draft pick. And even though the 9-7 record was better than the 6-10 mark from a year before, a first-round playoff loss capped a disappointing end to the season. The addition of Matthews and fellow rookie Curtis Knight gave the Rush the offensive punch they’d been searching for, and the defense was its usual wall. But there was something about the special teams that just didn’t click for the Rush in 2013 and that’s the element that haunted Edmonton during the offseason, especially when special teams played a big role in the first-round playoff loss to Washington. READ MORE »
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The National Lacrosse League’s top goals from 2013 will be shared with a wide audience in Canada starting this Friday night. TSN will premiere a Top 20 NLL Goals show on its affiliate station TSN2 Friday at 7:30 pm. The show, which has been rescheduled from its original premiere date, will also appear on the main TSN network next Thursday, October 24, at midnight and 2:30 pm. The show will be hosted by TSN on-air personality Darren Dutchysen and includes interviews with NLL players, including reigning MVP and scoring champion Shawn Evans. There is at least one goal from each team in the league that made the list.
The longest-serving member of the Edmonton Rush and fan favorite Jimmy Quinlan has decided to call it a career. Quinlan formally announced his retirement today, but will remain on the Rush bench for the 2014 National Lacrosse League season as he takes over the duties of Assistant Coach, Defensive. The Sherwood Park native will replace defensive coach Devan Wray, who leaves the team due to family commitments. “Deciding to walk away from the game of lacrosse was not an easy choice, but the opportunity to move into a coaching role is something I have always wanted to do which makes the decision easier,” Quinlan said in a statement from the team. READ MORE »
Check out the Edmonton Rush video to push tickets for the 2014 National Lacrosse League season. Plenty of super cool goals and saves to view here and it just might be the first promo video in NLL history to not include any fight clips. Still, it’s pretty cool nonetheless.
The Edmonton Rush had five selections in the 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft, including three of the first 13 picks. They were originally slated to choose fourth overall, but the Minnesota Swarm, who had already had the first two picks, gave them defender Nick Bilic to swap selections. That meant that Minnesota had the fourth pick, with which they took Cameron Flint, while the Rush started their draft at number five. READ MORE »
The National Lacrosse League has announced the schedule for the 2014 NLL regular season. As the 28th season of professional indoor lacrosse, the new 81-game schedule has expanded from 16 to 18 games per team this year and will open on Saturday, Dec. 28 with three Face Off 2014 games. The back-to-back NLL champion Rochester Knighthawks will open the year and begin their title defense by hosting the Minnesota Swarm in a Division Final rematch. READ MORE »
The National Lacrosse League has announced the first-ever NLL All-Green Team. The players were selected by their respective teams to serve as ambassadors for green initiatives for their leadership qualities both on and off the field along with their commitment to making a difference in their team’s local community while promoting environmental awareness.
“It’s important that we do our part to raise awareness for greening efforts in order to protect our natural resources,” said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. “We’re pleased to announce a select group of players that will help us raise awareness in their home team markets and beyond.”
The All-Green Team is part of the league’s partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, a non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance. The league’s partnership with Green Sports Alliance began in 2011. READ MORE »
Dave Jamieson said the contract he signed 8 months ago to be president of the National Lacrosse League’s Edmonton Rush was a “contract without an ending, so when we embarked on this, it was, ‘Well, let’s do a season and see how it goes’,” he told QMI Agency. However, Jamieson discovered that the contract does end, and it came on Wednesday. “I was informed that the Rush was going to go obviously in a different direction that doesn’t include me.” Jamieson was brought in to help spark ticket sales for the team, but despite a second straight NLL playoff berth, the team saw a decline in average attendance for the sixth straight season. Jamieson said he believed his position would not be filled, but no one in the Rush front office was offering comment or explanation for the move.
The Edmonton Rush announced today that General Manager and Head Coach Derek Keenan signed a two year agreement. Keenan enters his fifth year as General Manager and Head Coach for the team .
“We have full confidence in the direction Derek Keenan is taking this team, this past season was another strong campaign that provided a good look into the exciting potential of the club” states Owner and Governor Bruce Urban.
“Keenan is the finest coach in pro lacrosse at pre game preparation for his players, if this team executes the game plan night in and night out, get ready for some winning seasons.” READ MORE »
It’s hard to reach unanimity when you have 10 people voting for awards based on largely subjective criteria. But unanimity is just what IL Indoor’s staffers wound up with when it came to the voting on the National Lacrosse League’s Offensive Player of the Year. Shawn Evans just had that good of a season and that big of an impact.
His 112 points was the fifth-most in NLL history. His 80 assists is one of the all-time great set-up seasons as well.Evans is so impressive because he is so difficult to stop. He’s small, but it’s nearly impossible to pound him out of his game with big defenders; he’ll just hit somebody in the mesh with a flip pass as you’re knocking him to the ground. If you leave him room to shoot, he’ll bury a bounce shot or rip a low to high under the cross-bar. Let him come out from behind the net and he has the best spinning release in the game. READ MORE »