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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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 »
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 »
The sports community in Peterborough, Ont., is mourning the passing of Wayne Dominick, who died on Saturday from complications from the pneumonia. Mr. Dominick, who had battled other health issues in recent years, was 70. Mr. Dominick was associated with a variety of sports in the Peterborough area and also was an executive with the Peterborough Lakers. Just last year, Mr. Dominick donated a trophy — named the Johnny Davis Award — which is presented to the Major Series playoff MVP. “Wayne Dominick was a true sportsman,” Lakers president Ted Higgins told The Peterborough Examiner. “Wayne will be missed. He was very down to Earth, he and his lovely wife. They loved lacrosse and it was a pleasure to be around them.” Funeral arrangements are not yet finalized.
The Peterborough Lakers held a lunch meeting at the Memorial Centre Saturday afternoon to officially introduce new Head Coach and General Manager Joe Sullivan to team executives, volunteers, fans and the media. Sullivan said he wanted to hold the gathering largely to assuage any concerns that bringing in a new head man meant the team was looking at rebuilding. “I think we have to change a little bit, but in no way are we broken, not at all,” Sullivan told media gathered in the Memorial Centre’s south end restaurant. He confirmed that he expects to have Andrew Suitor and Andrew Watt returning to the lineup from injuries that caused them to miss all of last season, and said there are plenty of players that want to come to Peterborough to play. For more about the Lakers new coach and the future he envisions for the team, you can read IL Indoor’s story from last Wednesday as well as stories from the Saturday gathering on MyKawartha.com and the Peterborough Examiner.
Joe Sullivan was reluctant to take on the job of Head Coach of the Peterborough Lakers. Not because he didn’t want the position, but because of the loyalty he felt to Jamie Batley, the man who formerly held the position, and the other members of the coaching staff whose contracts were not renewed after the Lakers lost to the Brooklin Redmen in the Major Series Lacrosse semi finals this past summer. But now that he has accepted the job, Sullivan is determined to get the Lakers back to playing “the kind of smash-mouth defence that everybody’s grown to love in Peterborough,” as well as getting back to winning Mann Cups.
The city that supports the Lakers like no other team in MSL, averaging about 3,200 fans per game in 2013, has grown used to winning and isn’t particularly patient about rebuilds. And Sullivan said he doesn’t expect them to be. “I don’t blame them,” he says. “I don’t think we have time to be patient. I wouldn’t have taken this job if I wasn’t up for the challenge to strive to get back on top of the MSL and win the Mann Cup.” READ MORE »
The news came on Friday, that the Peterborough Lakers of Major Series Lacrosse asked Joe Sullivan to move up from assistant coach to become the team’s new top coach and general manager. That, of course, meant Jamie Batley was out from that position after 10 seasons, leading the Lakers to 6 MSL titles and 5 Mann Cups in that time. Sullivan, who is coach and associate GM of the National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm, over the weekend told The Peterborough Examiner that he has accepted the new role in Peterborough. “I really wrestled with this, probably, more than people will ever realize,” Sullivan told The Examiner. “If you’d asked anybody else if they wanted this job it would have been a real quick resounding, yes. But for me, there were friends involved and I wanted them to know what I was battling. They had mixed feelings on it but at the end of the day I have to do what is right for me and my family.” READ MORE »
Apparently losing doesn’t sit well with the Peterborough Lakers. After failing to make the Major Series Lacrosse finals for the first time in a decade, the team has announced in a press release that it has asked Joe Sullivan to replace Jamie Batley as the head coach and general manager. Sullivan, who is head coach and associate GM with the National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm, has been an assistant with the Lakers for the last four years. During the 10 seasons that Batley was head coach, the team won six MSL championships and five Mann Cups. The press release says the decision was made after interviewing all four of the Lakers’ coaches; the other pair are offensive coach Jim Milligan and defensive coach Bob Keast. The full text of the press release appears after the jump. READ MORE »
It was a bit of a different experience for the Peterborough Lakers and their fans at the Trentwinds conference facility Friday night. The team held its annual year-end banquet to celebrate the season that was and present the team’s player awards. For the first time in a decade during which they won five Mann Cups, the Lakers didn’t reach the Major Series Lacrosse finals, losing in seven games in the first round to the Brooklin Redmen. And though there were several references to the unusually early end to the season, the over 100 fans, players and team personnel in attendance enjoyed the evening.
Shawn Evans was the big winner when the awards were handed out. Evans received the trophy as the team’s leading scorer for a year in which he led the entire league with 29 goals and 77 assists for 106 points. Evans also earned the team’s MVP award, capping off a year in which he took the same title for both the National Lacrosse League and MSL. Finally, Evans was selected as the Fan Favourite.
Darryl Gibson, who was coaxed out of retirement to help shore up a defensive unit decimated by injuries to three key players, was named the top defender on the team. The team inaugurated an award for top transition player last year. Brad Self won it again to remain the only player to have received the award. Another player repeated his win from last year as Mark Farthing once again was named the Most Improved Player.
Scott Self was named the team’s most sportsmanlike player and Tyler Carlson was recognized as the most dedicated player. Rounding out the awards was the rookie of the year, presented to defender Robert Hope.