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Fan poll: Best American to play in the NLL? It’s Tim Soudan vs. Chris O’Dougherty

Old school vs. new school. Offense vs. defense. Tim Soudan vs. Chris O’Dougherty. This is a juicy matchup that’d be worth the price of a ticket, no matter which era we’re talking about. Soudan is the former Rochester Knighthawks forward to didn’t just rely on his hometown connections to win over fans in Rochester. His hard work and feisty approach put him over the top in the hearts of Knighthawks faithful. O’Dougherty doesn’t have the lengthy NLL resume of Soudan, but he can’t help the chronological order of events, like birth. But given the way this young defenseman works himself so he can work over opponents, it’s no stretch to include him in the discussion of best Americans to ever play in the NLL. And that’s why he’s here today in this poll, leaving it up to you to help decide as ILIndoor continues its pursuit of the best American-born NLL player. READ MORE »


NLL Hall of Fame ceremony for Coyle, Hall set for Sept. 3 at Langley Events Centre

The National Lacrosse League has announced the NLL Hall of Fame Ceremony for Class of 2014 inductees Pat Coyle and Chris Hall is set for Wednesday, Sept. 3 at Langley Events Centre at 7:30 p.m. PT. The event, which includes video montages, guest speakers/presenters, induction speeches and plaque unveilings, will take place in the LEC Banquet Hall. Admission is free of charge and open to the public. Coyle will become the first Hall of Fame member inducted exclusively as a defenseman while Hall was elected in his first year of eligibility following his retirement from coaching after the 2014 NLL season. READ MORE »


Coyle, Gill and Stroup to return as coaches of Colorado Mammoth in 2015

Chris Gill will be back as bench boss for the Mammoth, along with Pat Coyle and Dan Stroup. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
Chris Gill will be back as bench boss for the Mammoth, along with Pat Coyle and Dan Stroup. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)

The Colorado Mammoth announced on Thursday that the team has removed the ‘interim’ title from its coaching trio and signed Pat Coyle, Chris Gill and Dan Stroup to two-year contracts. The former Mammoth players were hired in early March and led the team to a winning record and a postseason berth. “Pat, Chris and Dan did a phenomenal job down the stretch this past season, and got buy-in from players and the front office,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “I’m excited for the future, and confident the coaches will take this team to new heights.” READ MORE »


Six Nations Council honors Knighthawks

The Rochester Knighthawks were honored for winning their third straight NLL championship. (Photo: Provided)
The Rochester Knighthawks were honored for winning their third straight NLL championship. (Photo: Provided)

The Six Nations Council honored the Rochester Knighthawks Wednesday for winning their National Lacrosse League record third straight Champion’s Cup. Knighthawks President Lewis Staats and Assistant General Manager Landon Miller accepted the plaque commemorating the 2014 Championship Season from Six Nations Elected Chief G. Ava Hill at the Community Hall. The presentation preceded the first of an inspirational speakers’ series initiated by the Chief Hill. “I thought it was fitting to have the Champion’s Cup there with what they’re trying to do with setting goals,” said Staats. READ MORE »


Fan Poll: Best American to play in the NLL? It’s Brendan Mundorf vs. Vinnie Sombrotto

Admittedly, it’s tough to compare the careers of guys who played so far apart from each other, but it’s not impossible. Especially when it comes to heart, which both Brendan Mundorf and Vinnie Sombrotto put on display for every game they played. Heart is a part of the game that applies to all eras, even if the uniforms did not. So yeah, if Mundorf strapped on the old-school spandex shorts for his next NLL game, Sombrotto is one of the few guys who could laugh and say, been there, done that. Sombrotto is old-school, no doubt about that, so we’ll see how that matches up to the new school in today’s installment of our search for the best American-born National Lacrosse League player. READ MORE »


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 »