Archive for the ‘Inside Lacrosse’ Category


OTCB Podcast- Victoria Shamrocks HC Bob Heyes: throwbacks, hip surgeries and how he never wanted to coach

Bob Heyes in his heyday.
Bob Heyes in his heyday.

It’s been a while since the Off the Crossebar Podcasts have graced this page and that’s totally Rob Ford’s fault (everything is these days, right?) but we’re back and kicking things off with a bit of a throwback. For those that are social media savvy and even more so on Facebook, I suggest you become friends with Victoria Shamrocks Head Coach, Bob Heyes. He’s not giving anything away, trying to gain likes to cure cancer or raising a million dollars to try and convince the Gait brothers for one last tour of duty with the Rocks.  What he is doing, though, is giving an incredible trip down memory lane with some outstanding pictures and video footage from his playing days as a member of the Esquimalt Legion (BC JrA), the Victoria Payless, the Victoria Shamrocks and even his cup of coffee with the Pittsburgh Bulls. READ MORE »


Hadi Abassi steps down as financial backer for Nanaimo Timbermen, teams plan to continue moving forward for 2014 season

At a press conference today in Nanaimo, the Nanaimo Timbermen announced that majority financial backer Hadi Abassi was stepping way from the WLA and BCJALL franchise. It’s obvious to anyone that running a WLA team isn’t easy, especially when you struggle to draw fans at the gate and fail to gain any significant community support. Since returning to the Senior A circuit, the Timbermen have never been able to gain the embrace of the local sports fan within the hub-city community. At this point, nobody has stepped up to take over control but the franchise did make note that neither the Jr. or Sr. teams were in jeopardy. Surplus cash flow from home games will help fund the senior team on a game to game basis. Safe to say there won’t be much money to pay players. READ MORE »


Colorado Mammoth could be closing in on new coaching staff

Sources have told IL Indoor that Chris Gill, along with Dan Stroup and Pat Coyle, will be returning to the Mammoth as coaches. (Photo: Michael Martin)
Sources have told IL Indoor that Chris Gill, along with Dan Stroup and Pat Coyle, will be returning to the Mammoth as coaches. (Photo: Michael Martin)

Earlier today, Colorado Mammoth General Manager Steve Govett announced that the organization was relieving the entire coaching staff of its duties after the team ‘didn’t meet expectations.’ Bob Hamley had been behind the Mammoth bench for the past five season with Eddie Comeau and Sean Ferris along for four of those years. But in all sports and in this case as noted by Govett, “change was necessary.”

What that change would be, why the change was made now and who would be taking over have been a source of speculation all day long. Well, the latter part of that equation could be announced as early as tomorrow. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast: The National Indoor Field Lacrosse League is coming

Forever and a day, the 49th parallel had been the great divide between the two great forms of this game we love. Canadians focusing on the indoor version while the Americans have continued to grow the outdoor game respectively. But over the years, the games have migrated and we’ve seen many many many indoor leagues kick off in the US showing that the game has some serious legs down south. Sure many of those league’s have come and gone but it hasn’t been for a lack of trying. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast- Brad MacArthur trying to wear as many hats as possible

Brad MacArthur behind the bench of the Clarington Green Gaels.
Brad MacArthur behind the bench of the Clarington Green Gaels.

We’ve spoken lately to a few lacrosse people who aren’t happy with just one job and they try to fill their lives with as much stress and duties as possible. There was Dane Stevens who’s a forward for the Minnesota Swarm and Burnaby Lakers, a rock star and jeweller. Then there was Quint Kessenich who’s not only a mainstay broadcaster for NCAA/MLL lacrosse but also an NCAA college football/basketball analyst and an avid horse racing enthusiast. Just goes to show that lacrosse people aren’t one trick ponies.

Well, Brad MacArthur may not know how to slap the bass or report from the paddocks at the Kentucky Derby but the man can sure coach lacrosse and he’s starting to get this just due. Earlier this week he was named as the latest head coach of the Barrie Blizzard, stemming off the his recent naming as head coach of the Clarington Green Gales but maybe most surprisingly, taking on the role with Team Israel for the upcoming 2015 World Indoor Championships.

A seven year NLL veteran, MacArthur has been coached by some of the sport’s best and learned many of their trick of the trade, now he’s taking his passion for playing the game and translating it to the coaching realm. This week on the Off the Crossebar Podcast we go one on one with the man of man hats, Brad MacArthur READ MORE »


Teddy Jenner’s OTCB podcast with the voice of voices, Quint Kessenich

Quint Kessenich (Photo: ESPN)
Quint Kessenich (Photo: ESPN)

If you’ve ever watched an NCAA college lacrosse game on TV or the internet you’ve heard Quint Kessenich’s voice, critiquing the play on the field with an expertly precise fine-tooth comb. It comes naturally to the former 2x NCAA goalie of the year, who’s built up quite the resume for himself since stepping out of the cage and behind the microphone.

While he only had a cup of coffee playing professional indoor lacrosse back in 1999 with the Baltimore Thunder, Kessenich wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world. In a tweet posted moments after our chat, the former MILL forward said, ‘’to scrap for a ground ball against Jim Veltman in the Maple Leaf Gardens… that’s what you live for.” Who ever thought we’d hear that from a former field goalie who was originally drafted as a goalie. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast: Wings great Jake Bergey finally gets his time in the spotlight

Jake Bergey ranks as the third-highest American scorer in NLL history. (Photo: Len Redkoles)
Jake Bergey ranks as the third-highest American scorer in NLL history. (Photo: Len Redkoles)

I’ve told this story a few times so bare with me; a while back I posted a tweet where I said that Casey Powell was one of the greatest Americans to ever play indoors. In retrospect, I should have said he IS the greatest American to ever play indoors but it was Phil Sanderson’s tweet that made it even more impactful. Powell is absolutely one of the best players to ever step foot on the merciless turf of the National Lacrosse League. With that being said, Jake Bergey needs to start being put in that conversation as the Philadelphia Wings get set to retire his No. 66 to the rafters of the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday night. READ MORE »


WLA Draft preview: Talent is deep on both sides of ball, so who goes with No. 1 pick?

If Jesse King's Junior numbers weren't impressive enough, his Mann Cup performance was. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)
If Jesse King's Junior numbers weren't impressive enough, his Mann Cup performance was. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)

After last weekend’s B.C. Jr. A Lacrosse League draft, the eight junior teams stacked up their rosters for the 2014 season and started the process of moving on without their graduating players. Now it’s time to see where many of those 1992 born players will end up for the upcoming Western Lacrosse Association season as the WLA draft will take place at Langley Events Centre on Thursday, February 6. The Coquitlam Adanacs hold the first overall pick in this years draft and they have numerous options moving forward into 2014. The A’s also hold the fourth overall pick so they will be adding two top level rookies to the roster. The talent pool is very top heavy with this year’s draft class but with 2014 being an eastern Mann Cup year, it could very well be a year for some of these top prospects to make a real impact. READ MORE »


Roughnecks move Scott Ranger to practice roster, activate goalie Peter Dubenski

Scott Ranger
Scott Ranger

The Calgary Roughnecks have moved veteran forward Scott Ranger to the practice roster today in a move that surprised many outside the organization. Posted late this afternoon, the Roughnecks announced that the 10-year National Lacrosse League sniper would be taken off the active roster due to a work commitments back in his hometown of Nanaimo, B.C. Working as a teacher between NLL games, Ranger would be unable to make a full commitment to the Roughnecks in the month of February, which caused GM Mike Board to make the roster shuffle. Ranger missed the opening game of the year as well as training camp due to injuries suffered while playing for the Victoria Shamrocks during the Western Lacrosse Association season. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast: A cavalier both on and off floor, Dane Stevens a man of many talents

Dane Stevens
Dane Stevens

Ever since the early days of the Eagle Pro Box league and professional lacrosse became an actual thing, it’s always labeled itself as the league of weekend warriors who play for the love of the game while holding down a steady 9-5 job Monday through Friday. National Lacrosse League players today have a wide range of professions that allow them continue to play the game they love, while at the same time making sure the bills don’t pile up like John Grant Jr highlight real goals (don’t ever stop Jr.). Well Dane Stevens, who was recently acquired by the Minnesota Swarm from the Edmonton Rush, may just take the cake as one of the most interesting men away from the turf. He may not have his own line of Memes quite yet but moonlighting as the bassist for the Vancouver indie rock group, Tough Lovers has allowed him to grow some underground groupie love status but that’s not the coolest job description on his resume. READ MORE »