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Fan poll: Best American to play in the NLL? It’s Jay Jalbert going up against Tom Ryan

We’ve plowed through the first half of the bracket, so here we are to kick off the second half of the first round. And today, we’ve got a couple of doozies. When we look back on the career of Jay Jalbert, we’re tempted to think he could have done more and had better numbers. But for the few seasons we were treated to his exploits on the rug, we were impressed, no doubt. Jalbert is going up against a guy in Tom Ryan who was known for more than lacrosse. For some, the long dreadlocks flowing from the lid overshadowed what Ryan accomplished as a player and that’s a shame, because Ryan brought an element that’s tough for anyone to match, American or not. Either way, you get to decided today who was the better of the 2, so let’s get your vote on. READ MORE »


NLL Combine set for Sept. 20-21 in Oakville

The National Lacrosse League has announced that the 2014 NLL Combine will take place from Saturday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 21 as part of draft weekend at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario. The Combine begins on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET and continues through Sunday afternoon with day-long activities including the Prospects Game. At the Combine, players will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in a practice setting through structured games and take part in an interview process with NLL general managers and coaches. READ MORE »


A&E’s ‘Shipping Wars’ gets an up-close look at National Lacrosse League in Rochester

The Champion's Cup arrived in Rochester on time, thanks to Todd and Tamera of 'Shipping Wars.' (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
The Champion's Cup arrived in Rochester on time, thanks to Todd and Tamera of 'Shipping Wars.' (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

Imagine having to drive to New York City to pick up precious cargo, detour through Pennsylvania before arriving in Rochester for a primetime sporting event? That was the mission for Todd and Tamera Sturgis on Thursday’s episode of Shipping Wars on A&E. The shippers, known as the “Double Threat,” had one day to pick up the National Lacrosse League’s Champion’s Cup, the Championship Game MVP trophy and related cargo and deliver them to The Blue Cross Arena. On May 31, Rochester was the scene for the NLL Championship Series between the defending champion Rochester Knighthawks and the Calgary Roughnecks. READ MORE »


Philadelphia Wings: What they’re saying

Jake Bergey said the Wings will 'always have a special place in my heart.' (Photo: Len Redkoles)
Jake Bergey said the Wings will 'always have a special place in my heart.' (Photo: Len Redkoles)

The situation with the Philadelphia Wings affects more than Philadelphia. It extends across the National Lacrosse League and weighs heavy on the hearts of many. That includes players past and present, who often said Philadelphia was one of the greatest National Lacrosse League cities to play in. If you were with the Wings, it was even better. If you were an opponent, you fed off the energy and came to appreciate the passion, even if the fans were hoping for you to lose. With that in mind, ILIndoor reached out to get some thoughts from the players who called Philadelphia home and called Wings fans their family. What follows is a compilation of their thoughts and what it meant to be a part of the Philadelphia Wings. READ MORE »


Fan poll: Best American to play in the NLL? It’s Mike Regan vs. Brian Langtry

Onward we march in our search for the best American-born player to strap on gear in the National Lacrosse League. Like we mentioned on Tuesday, one of the cooler things about exercises like this is seeing a name and having it spark great memories from years gone by. And today, we’ve got a feeling that’ll happen for fans of the Colorado Mammoth. That’s because longtime fan favorite Brian Langtry is going up against Mike Regan. Langtry defined the theme of wearing your heart on your sleeve, and his approach found a place in the hearts of many Mammoth fans, along with fans of other teams throughout the league. Regan did the same, of course, living a dream by playing for his hometown team. Two great players, tons of great memories but just 1 choice in the poll. So who advances today? Langtry or Regan? It’s up to you, and the only way you can let your voice be heard is by voting in the poll. READ MORE »


Toronto Rock, Garrett Billings team with RBC Royal Bank to conduct 4 clinics

RBC Royal Bank and the Toronto Rock are pleased to announce a partnership on a new initiative to help grow the game of lacrosse and get more youth involved in Canada’s National Summer Sport. RBC Play Lacrosse presented by the Toronto Rock will kick off this summer with four clinics in the Greater Toronto Area. Toronto Rock star Garrett Billings will lead the clinics as participants will be taught about the rich history of the game of lacrosse as well as learning the basic skills of the sport. The program will be a fun and enjoyable experience for all youth enrolled in the clinics. READ MORE »


Fan poll: Best American to play in the NLL? It’s Joe Walters vs. Brad Kotz

As we weave our way through this bi-weekly fan poll in search of the best American-born player to play in the National Lacrosse League, there have been plenty of memories stirred. While polls like this are hardly scientific, one of the things we like most about installments like these is the chance to remember players whose career wrapped up long ago. It’s easy to replay the great plays of current players, of course, so any time we can tip a cap to the American pioneers of the NLL, it’s wicked cool. It’s a way of letting them know their game may be gone, but it will never be forgotten. With that in mind, let’s roll into the next matchup, which features Joe Walters going up against one of the aforementioned old-timers, Brad Kotz. READ MORE »


Departure of the Philadelphia Wings should be surprising, but really, it’s not

Philadelphia fans have suffered, but the relocation of the Wings is the biggest hurt they've felt. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Philadelphia fans have suffered, but the relocation of the Wings is the biggest hurt they've felt. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

One of the unfortunate lessons we’ve learned as fans of the National Lacrosse League is that teams come, and teams go. We’ve seen it all too often. Boston, Vancouver, Chicago, Arizona, San Jose, Albany, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Detroit and New York, just to name a few. The failure of some teams came as no surprise. Others were stunners. But the Philadelphia Wings? That’s not supposed to happen, right? They’ve been around, well, forever. Always a part of the NLL landscape, everyone’s favorite rival and one of the best road trips an opposing fan can make. So you’d think losing a team that’s been around for 28 seasons and won 6 championships would rank right at or even above the stunner level. But the reality is, it does not. The writing has been on the wall for some time, but that does not make last week’s development any less sad. READ MORE »


Philadelphia Wings on the move

Ownership of the Philadelphia Wings, one of nine teams in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), plan to re-locate the franchise for the 2015 season.  The organization is currently taking part in discussions with a new strategic partner for re-location, pending NLL Board of Governor approval.

Fans that have placed deposits or paid in full for the 2015 season will be issued a full refund in the same manner in which they were paid within seven days.

IL Indoor has heard speculation that the team will be moving to Connecticut, but has no confirmation. READ MORE »


Fan poll: Best American to play in the NLL? Shawn Nadelen takes on Kyle Hartzell

Our last matchup included one of the greatest American offensive sticks to grace the National Lacrosse League, but today’s matchup is strictly defensive. Of course, when you see Shawn Nadelen’s name in a lacrosse article here, you know what the topic’s gonna be. Throw in Kyle Hartzell’s name and yeah, you see the theme here. So help us move on this “tournament” in which ILIndoor is counting on you to help find the best American-born player to play in the National Lacrosse League. But before you vote today, make sure you’ve got all your arm pads and helmets locked on tightly, because you’re entering a world of world-class defense. READ MORE »