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Breaking: Team Canada’s John Grant denied exemption, will miss 2014 World Games

John Grant will not be allowed to play for Team Canada next week in Denver. (Photo: John Strosacker)
John Grant will not be allowed to play for Team Canada next week in Denver. (Photo: John Strosacker)

OTTAWA, ON July 4, 2014 – The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) announced today that forward John Grant Jr. will not be playing for Canada in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse Championships that begin next week in Denver, Colorado. He will be joining Coach Randy Mearns’ staff on the sidelines to help Canada win its third World Championship and will be replaced on the 23-man roster by Burlington, Ontario native Jordan MacIntosh. Grant, a veteran of four World Championships and widely regarded as one of the finest players to ever play the game, suffers from a medical condition that requires prescription medication as a part of hormone therapy (testosterone). READ MORE »

Geoff Snider eager to test his mettle — and knee — to help Team Canada pursue gold

Geoff Snider does not take lightly his role with Team Canada as it prepares for the FIL Games that begin in Denver next week. But an injury in May has kept him off the lacrosse pitch — indoors or outdoors — so his return last week to the Charlotte Hounds of MLL left him a bit confused. “I took a faceoff, got up and forgot what team I was on. There was no red out there and I was, like, where am I?,” he told the Calgary Herald. “It’s a complete 180 in terms of environment, but the knee was great.” The news in that last part of the sentence comes as good news to fans of the Calgary Roughnecks in the National Lacrosse League, because it was that injury that kept him off the floor in Calgary’s loss to Rochester in the Champion’s Cup finals. But Snider says he’s doing well and ready to go for Team Canada for other inspiring reasons; namely the late Chris Sanderson. “He had brain cancer and Chris was a big part of why I decided to pursue lacrosse. This is the first year with the team that Chris won’t be a part of it and that was since 1998,” said Snider. “It was heartbreaking. Just looking at the sacrifice that Chris made.”

19 National Lacrosse League players named to Canadian field team

The Canadian Lacrosse Association has announced the team that will represent Canada at the 2014 world field lacrosse championships in Denver this summer. The lineup is dotted with veterans like John Grant Jr., Brodie Merrill and Geoff Snider, but there are plenty of young players bringing fresh legs to the squad. Both Noble brothers made the team. Jason Noble is a defender for the Minnesota Swarm and the Florida Nationals of Major League Lacrosse. Jeremy Noble is finishing up his last year at the University of Denver and is expected to be the first pick in the 2014 NLL Entry Draft this fall. There are even younger legs on the roster, though. Noble’s Denver teammate Wesley Berg, a strong candidate for the top pick in the 2015 NLL draft, also made the squad, along with Ohio State gunner Jesse King, who will battle with Berg for first overall pick in a remarkably strong draft year. READ MORE »

OTCB Podcast with Swarm captain and Team 22 member Andrew Suitor

After a devastating knee injury during a week eight game last year versus the Edmonton Rush, a whole myriad of words and thoughts ran through the young Minnesota Swarm captain’s head. Most were unsafe for young ears while others immediately started to focus on getting back to full health and helping his team.

That’s how unselfish Andrew Suitor is. There he was, sitting in the trainers room with a torn ACL and MCL, learning his fate. That he would be out the reset of the year, that he’d have to face a very common surgery among athletes, then have a long road to recovery, but the most prevalent thought running through his mind was when he could be back on the turf  leading his team.

It wasn’t an easy road to recovery, but it was filled with support from his lacrosse brethren–a very tight inner circle of family–and a drive to be even better than he was before the injury. That’s just how Suits rolls. Always full speed ahead and never alone. This week on the OTCB Podcast we go one-on-one with one of the best two-way players in lacrosse and a very driven young man, Andrew Suitor.


Canada looking to lead drive to create World U17 box lacrosse championships

Team Canada has a vision for more international competition between Canada and the Iroquois, like at this game from Montreal on November 17. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Team Canada has a vision for more international competition between Canada and the Iroquois, like at this game from Montreal on November 17. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

If Canada has its way, the world will be getting another lacrosse championship in the near future. Team Canada chairman Dean French says that Canada would love to spearhead the drive to create a U17 world championship for box lacrosse and they have a plan to lead to its creation. In the wake of the November 17 game between Canada and the Iroquois at the Bell Centre in Montreal, which was played before the main event between the senior teams, they are proposing to the US and Iroquois that the three teams look to play a demonstration tournament at the 2014 world field championships in Denver.

“The vision would be that, just like we have a U19 men’s field, that there would be a U17 men’s indoor world championship every four years,” French told IL Indoor. “We believe that promoting box lacrosse is a good thing for helping other countries that are developing their field lacrosse programs.” READ MORE »

Photo gallery: Canada vs Iroquois at the Bell Centre in Montreal

Mike Lazore chases down Cory Vitarelli. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Mike Lazore chases down Cory Vitarelli. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Last Sunday turned into quite an event at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The day featured a game between Canadian and Iroquois national teams battling for the Heritage Cup and also had the Canadian and Iroquois U17 teams playing, as well as a bantam game between Quebec and Iroquois and a masters contest that saw plenty of skill, if not exactly at the same speed as the participants used to do things. Today we’ll share the work of a couple of photographers who were on hand to help capture the images of the main games. You’ll see some of Greg Horn’s shots from the featured tilt and pictures from both the pro and U17 games from the lens of the great Larry Palumbo. It’s IL Indoor’s pleasure to bring you the best images from last Sunday all in this one handy gallery. READ MORE »

Various goals achieved at Heritage Cup in Montreal Sunday

NLL teammates Cory Vitarelli (left) and Sid Smith faced each other in the Heritage Cup Sunday. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
NLL teammates Cory Vitarelli (left) and Sid Smith faced each other in the Heritage Cup Sunday. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The Heritage Cup game between Canada and the Iroquois Nationals at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday was an exciting affair, giving over 7,000 fans a down-to-the-wire finish between two teams composed of some of the best lacrosse players on the planet. But it was more than that for both teams and the organizers of the event. For Canada and Iroquois it was a chance to get a look at prospective players for the 2015 worlds, and for the organizers it was a stepping stone en route to the possibility of bringing the National Lacrosse League back to Montreal.

“There’s obviously a bigger picture here and that’s the sport of lacrosse, growing it and getting it into new markets, and I thought it was very much a spectator-friendly game today with two amazing teams and it’s great that it was a close game for the spectators,” Team Canada captain Dan Dawson told IL Indoor. READ MORE »

Stephan Leblanc’s 4 goals lead Canada over Iroquois in Montreal exhibition game

Jordan MacIntosh scores his second goal for Canada in their 12-11 win over Iroquois in Montreal. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Jordan MacIntosh scores his second goal for Canada in their 12-11 win over Iroquois in Montreal. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

They’ve met in the gold medal game of all three World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. On Sunday afternoon, Team Canada and the Iroquois Nationals renewed their rivalry in an exhibition game in front of about 7,000 fans at the Bell Centre in Montreal with Canada holding on for a thrilling 12-11 win. Stephan Leblanc led the way for Canada with 4 goals and an assist. Dan Dawson and Jordan MacIntosh each scored twice, with Dawson adding 3 assists and MacIntosh 2. Jordan Hall scored what proved to be the game-winning goal and also had 3 assists. Jeff Shattler led Iroquois with 2 goals and 4 assists. Vaughn Harris, Roger Vyse and Johnny Powless each scored twice while Randy Staats added a goal and 2 helpers.

Canada pulled out to a 4-1 lead thanks to a pair of goals from Leblanc, one from MacIntosh and one from Ryan Benesch, who also chipped in 3 assists on the day. Tom Montour got the momentum swinging back the Nationals’ way when he stole a ball in the defensive zone and raced down the floor against MacIntosh one-on-one. Montour planted his foot and spun to the forehand side. He looked for just a split second like he was going to pull the ball out, but instead dove to the far side of the crease and tucked it home past Matt Vinc. Jeremy Thompson scored off the ensuing faceoff then Shattler buried a power play goal on an overhand shot from the top to make it 4-4 after the first quarter. READ MORE »

CLA announces Team Canada roster for tilt with Iroquois Nationals

Just a week after naming Dan Dawson, Sandy Chapman and Jordan Hall captains for the red and white, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and Team Canada Lacrosse are pleased to announce the full Team Canada roster for the November 17 international exhibition game against the Iroquois Nationals.

Headlining the roster are names familiar to Canadian lacrosse fans. Stephan LeBlanc, Matt Vinc, Brodie Merrill and Patrick Merrill will all wear the Team Canada jersey once again as Team Canada faces off against FIL World Championship silver medalist, Iroquois Nationals, at the Bell Centre in Montreal. READ MORE »

Canada vs Iroquois game in Montreal will be a homecoming for Merrill brothers

The Canadian Lacrosse Association hasn’t released its roster for the Canada vs Iroquois game to be played at the Bell Centre in Montreal on November 17, but it has let it be known that Brodie and Patrick Merrill will be playing in the game in their home town. The Merrills will be playing in the city where they and their father, Peter, were born. The roots go further than that, though. Peter was an assistant coach with the Montreal Express in its lone season in the National Lacrosse League. He tells the CLA in a story on the association’s web site that he’s hopeful a team can return to Montreal and is confident that, under the right circumstances, it can be successful.

“I know that in 2002 there was a sincere interest to keep the NLL in Montreal. I’ve talked to a number of groups, including ex-Canadiens who had a lacrosse background, about putting [an ownership] group together,” Peter says. “Montreal and Quebec have really strong lacrosse roots. There is a Quebec senior league, which both Pat and Brodie have played in, and a strong First Nations presence in area. With the right ownership, it could be looked at again.’’ READ MORE »