The Road to the Mann Cup in 2014 ends in Ontario, and Major Series Lacrosse has just released the schedule that will lead to crowning the provincial champion who will defend the Canadian senior men’s box lacrosse title, won last year in Victoria by the Six Nations Chiefs. The regular season will open and close with a pair of bookend matchups between the Brampton Excelsiors and Peterborough Lakers. Things kick off Thursday May 29 in Peterborough, where the Lakers will look to get back to the MSL finals after missing them last year for the first time in a decade. The Lakers travel to take on the Chiefs two days later. All six teams will hit the floor by Wednesday, June 4, when the Brooklin Redmen open their season at home to the Excelsiors. The regular season wraps up Thursday, July 31 with the Excels playing host to the Lakers. The top four teams will make the playoffs. Make the jump to see the full schedule. READ MORE »
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Lots of fellas are drafted to play Major Series Lacrosse. And while that’s not to suggest it’s a ho-hum sort of deal, there are some guys out there who see it as a dream come true. We can count Curtis Perry among the latter. He just finished a 4-year career with the Peterborough Junior Lakers, but when the Brooklin Redmen called his name in Round 4 of last month’s draft, it was the culmination of a dream that was rooted in hard work. That’s because there aren’t a lot of lacrosse players coming out of Nipissing, Ont., especially players who catch the eye of MSL teams. “I was pretty excited when I first found out,” Perry told North Bay Nipissing. “It was always a dream of mine to play in the MSL, so it was exciting to be selected. I wasn’t expecting this at all, I knew there was always a possibility, but hadn’t thought about it too much. It was a nice surprise.” Besides making Perry’s dream come true, watching Perry advance adds credibility to a Nipissing lacrosse program that continues to build. “I think more than anything, it shows that our program has some strong players in it and that we have the potential to be successful in the league,” Nipissing coach Jon Moore said.
Dirty Dozen: Defense getting offensive in the NLL, it’s an ‘alumni game’ in Langley, and WLA teams are loading up on big boys
One of the biggest changes for this 2014 National Lacrosse League season was the smaller rosters for each game. Instead of 23 dressed players for each game, teams can only dress 20, one of the agreements reached in the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Professional Lacrosse Players Association announced back in October. The immediate impact of 3 fewer sets of wheels is that it forces coaches to put even more thought into their lineups. The long-term impact is one we’ll see unfold as the season progresses because it’s put a premium emphasis on player fitness. But there’s another area of impact, and that is production. How will teams get more of it from fewer players? That means some defensive shifts for front door players and yes, some offensive runs for defenders. So, as we head into Week 8, how are the offensive numbers shaping up for guys we normally see in the back end? READ MORE »
The Peterborough Lakers and Oakville Rock have swapped star forwards in a deal that sees Peterborough acquire lefty Adam Jones in exchange for righty Jordan MacIntosh along with first-round Major Series Lacrosse entry draft picks in 2016 and 2017. Peterborough Head Coach and General Manager Joe Sullivan says his team needed to make sure they were set on the left side of the offence with it unclear whether John Grant Jr., now living full time in Denver, will be back with the Lakers. “Getting Adam Jones takes away the doubt of what we’ll do on the left side if John doesn’t come back. If John does come back, then it’s even better because those two have played now together for a couple of years [with the Colorado Mammoth], they’re very familiar with each other, they’re a very dynamic scoring tandem in the NLL and I would assume the same would take place in the MSL for us here in Peterborough,” Sullivan told IL Indoor. READ MORE »
Ever wondered what’s behind the game of Cody Jamieson? In 2013 alone, he was a National Lacrosse League and Mann Cup champion, so there’s got to be something fueling his motor, right? Right. Check out this video to hear Jamieson talk about the game, why he loves lacrosse so much and what it means to him.
The Saint Catharines Saints have gotten off to an early start in preparing to defend their Presidents Cup title. The three-time defending Ontario Lacrosse Association Senior B champions have traded goalies with the Owen Sound North Stars, acquiring Ryan Masters in exchange for Scotty Komer. Komer shared the league’s top goaltender award with crease mate Jake Henhawk in 2013 when he posted a 5-2 record and 7.29 goals against average. The 36-year-old Komer didn’t appear in the playoffs as Henhawk carried the load. Masters, 24, posted a winning record for the 6-10 North Stars, going 3-2 with a goals against average of 9.46. The trade is actually a swap of teammates, as both goalies suited up for some games with the Major Series Lacrosse Brampton Excelsiors in 2013. Masters went 1-3 with a 10.17 gaa with Brampton while Komer was 0-4 with a 13.59 gaa. The Sr B season gets under way at the end of April.
Dirty Dozen: Battle of Alberta heats up, Junior’s beauty of a goal for Colorado, and thanks for the memories, Jim Quinlan
The Battle of Alberta has always been intense, if not lopsided. And maybe even a bit weird. The Calgary Roughnecks came into the 2014 National Lacrosse League season with a 23-5 record all-time against the Edmonton Rush, which illuminates the lopsided part. The weird? Edmonton is 2-0 all-time against Calgary in the playoffs. And while these numbers are bound to change over the years, the intensity probably will not. And that’s a good thing, at least for those of us behind the glass. The Rush laid a 15-8 whipping on the Roughnecks last week, which led to some chippy play and interesting observations from the involved parties afterward. And this is where we talk about the intense part of the rivalry. READ MORE »
The Brooklin Redmen have made a deal to bring back a player they weren’t able to protect in the Major Series Lacrosse draft. Brooklin, who chose to protect Whitby Warriors star graduating forwards Curtis Knight and Dan Lintner in the draft, have dealt Mike Lum-Walker, Damon Edwards and a 2nd-round draft pick next year to the Oakville Rock in exchange for Graeme Hossack and Andrew Smistad.
Hossack is a two-time OLA Jr A all-star defender who won Minto Cups with the Warriors in 2011 and 2013. The big, strong lefty is a shut-down D man, but he took on more of a transition role for Whitby last summer, scoring 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points in 19 games, then adding 16 points in 21 playoff games. He’s a good bet to go in the first round of the stacked 2015 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. Oakville selected Hossack with the third overall pick in this year’s MSL draft, held last Sunday. READ MORE »
IL Indoor brings you live blogging coverage of the Major Series Lacrosse draft of graduating junior players. The draft will start at about 12:30 ET at the league meeting in Whitby. Come back this afternoon to follow the draft as it unfolds live.
For some background on some key players, see my preview of the draft published earlier.
The first big news of the day comes in a change to the protected list for the Brampton Excelsiors. They had formerly announced that they would be protecting Jake Weidner and Dan Keane. It has just been announced that they will not be protecting Weidner. In his place, they will protect Dylan Webster.
12:28 All teams are in place at the table and initial business has been taken care of. Draft to start any minute. Make the jump to see how the draft plays out. READ MORE »
This Sunday, January 19th, the six teams of Major Series Lacrosse will hold their annual draft of graduating junior players. The draft takes place at the league’s meeting that starts at noon in Whitby and it will be live blogged right here on IL Indoor. With elite prospects like Graeme Hossack, Rob Hellyer and Chad Tutton available, the Oakville Rock are in excellent shape to help their club with the first and third picks in the draft. Brampton also is in a strong position, holding four of the first nine selections beginning with number two overall. The draft is five rounds long. The full draft order is included at the bottom of this story. The first round has an extra selection, seventh overall, that is the last vestige of the St. Regis Indians in the league. Brampton had acquired a St. Regis first-rounder in a previous trade and will make that pick at the end of the first round. READ MORE »