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Knighthawks look back on 3-year anniversary of big trade with Mammoth

Goalie Matt Vinc, at the 2010 news conference announcing his arrival in Rochester. (Photo: Rochester Knighthawks)
Goalie Matt Vinc, at the 2010 news conference announcing his arrival in Rochester. (Photo: Rochester Knighthawks)

Curt Styres has pulled off a handful of high-profile trades during his tenure as the team’s owner and general manager. Today marks the three-year anniversary of arguably the most impactful swap he’s made to date. On October 27, 2010, the Knighthawks announced a deal with Colorado which sent the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, John Grant, Jr., defenseman Mac Allen and its first-round selections in 2011 and 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft to the Mammoth in exchange for goaltender Matt Vinc, transition players Matt Zash and Brad Self, and Colorado’s first and third-round picks in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft. “Now that you mention it, it’s hard to believe it has been three years,” Vinc said. READ MORE »


St. Catharines great Ron Roy to be inducted into St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame

Ron Roy
Ron Roy

Bernie Puchalski of the St. Catharines Standard crafted a very touching tribute to the great Ron Roy, who will be a posthumous induction into the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony tonight. Anyone who has followed St. Catharines lacrosse over the years knows of Roy and what he meant to the game as a player and coach. “He was very shifty,” Whitey Frick told Puchalski. “Goaltenders today can’t move very fast and he would have got twice as many points today as he did back then.” Roy won 2 Mann Cups and was named Player of the Decade for the 1950s for St. Catharines. After his playing days, he coached and spent time in the National Lacrosse League, working with the Buffalo Bandits and Columbus Landsharks until he resigned that position in 2002. It was Roy who drafted current Bandits transition star Mark Steenhuis to Columbus. “Ron had the purest heart I ever met in lacrosse,” Steenhuis said. Roy died in 2007 of leukemia at the age of 71.


Off the Crossebar Podcast with Kevin Alexander, aka ‘Alexander the Great’

Kevin Alexander knows lacrosse as a player and as a coach. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)
Kevin Alexander knows lacrosse as a player and as a coach. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)

When you ask people for the names of their top five athletes of all time, many will give you a laundry list of the who’s who in sports, the creme-de-la-creme and for the most part, while it’s fairly predictable, it’s still pretty subjective to their own personal memories and ideals. Well when NBA All-Star and 2-time MVP Steve Nash was asked during half time of an NBA game who his top five  faves were, he threw almost everyone for a loop.

This week on the Off the Crossebar Podcast, we go one-on-one with one of the greatest players you may never have heard of and that’s not a slap in the face to Kevin Alexander, it’s just that in the two years he played in Buffalo during the old MILL days, he was on a team full of Eastern all-stars, hall of famers in their own right and one guy who’s actually still playing, if you can believe it. But for Alexander, who’s already in the Canadian Lacrosse and Victoria Sports Hall of Fames, his most recent induction could be one of the most memorable. READ MORE »


National Lacrosse League announces finalists for Hall of Fame Class of 2012

The National Lacrosse League has announced the six finalists on the ballot for the league’s Hall of Fame Class of 2012.  The ballot consists of five retired players and for the first time, a team.  The players are Pat Coyle, Steve Dietrich, Chris Driscoll, Curt Malawksy & Regy Thorpe.  The team is the 1993 Buffalo Bandits, who are the only team in league history to go undefeated through a regular season and playoffs.  A brief summary of each candidate’s accomplishments is listed below.  Ballots are cast by the teams, current member of the NLL Hall of Fame and senior members of the league’s covering media. READ MORE »


From the NCAA to the NLL and back again: Loyola Greyhounds coach Charley Toomey was an indoor goalie in Baltimore, Boston

Charley Toomey
Charley Toomey

Looking for the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship weekend connection to the National Lacrosse League? Well, beyond the obvious of one of NLLers Brodie Merrill, Jordan Hall and Zack Greer at the Reebok Watermelon Challenge. Old-school NLL or MILL fans may have heard a bell ring whenever Loyola coach Charley Toomey’s named was mentioned. And since his Greyhound team won the NCAA title, his name was mentioned quite a bit. But after Toomey’s playing days as a goalie at Loyola, he played for the Baltimore Thunder and Boston Blazers, albeit briefly. He was in the league for just 2 seasons and played in 3 games. But on Monday, Toomey became an NCAA champion and his Loyola team defeated a University of Maryland team that includes freshman midfielder Joe LoCascio, godson of former NLL goalie and Hall of Famer Sal LoCascio.


The Philadelphia Wings Return to Splendor

Dallas Eliuk in his heyday.
Dallas Eliuk in his heyday.

Despite their 11-8 loss on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Philadelphia Wings have a lot to be proud of and a lot to look forward to.  The evening started out with the retirement of legendary Wings goalie Dallas Eliuk’s Jersey.  It’s always hard to say someone is the best ever at their position.  Bob Watson has meant as much to the Rock as Dallas has to the Wings.  I think I will let the highlight video that accompanied his ceremony speak for itself. READ MORE »


John Grant Jr. maintains record scoring pace at halfway point, plus the links

John Grant Jr. is on pace to break John Tavares single-season scoring record, any way you slice it.
John Grant Jr. is on pace to break John Tavares single-season scoring record, any way you slice it.

It’s obvious that John Grant Jr. is having an incredible season. Halfway through the year, he has yet to score fewer than 7 points in a game, or to score fewer than 3 goals or 3 assists in a game. His pace of 8.5 points per game would give him 136 for the full season, which would shatter the National Lacrosse League record of 115 points, set by John Tavares in 2001.

Now there are some of you who, as soon as you read that last sentence, thought to yourselves: “Wait a second, 2001 was a 14-game schedule. That’s not a fair comparison.” It’s okay to admit it. You may worry that if you mention that point, it will seem like you’re a crusty old curmudgeon like the folks who wanted baseball to put an asterisk beside Roger Maris’ 61-home run record. But it’s really okay. After the jump, find out why. READ MORE »


Whipper Watson and Shawn Williams, plus Ty Pilson on Boxla Beat today


Bob Watson had his number retired in an emotional ceremony at the Air Canada Centre last Friday. Tonight on Boxla Beat you can hear him talk about his career with the Rock, going into the Hall of Fame and what it feels like to be watching from the stands this year. Another legend will be on the show as Knighthawks’ great and current Edmonton Rush Shawn Williams will also appear. Plus, a look back at the first half of the season and ahead to the race to the Champions Cup with IL Indoor contributor Ty Pilson, all hosted by IL Indoor editor Stephen Stamp. Listen live.


Cosmo and Eliuk highlight Great Goalie Edition of Boxla Beat


Anthony Cosmo joined me to talk about being a Bandit, the Minnesota situation, why he doesn’t overthink playoff pressure and what it was like winning the Mann Cup with Brampton’s young roster last  year on Boxla Beat this week. Hall of Famer Dallas Eliuk also stops by. He discusses his upcoming jersey retirement by the Philadelphia Wings, goalie equipment then and now and all things lacrosse and Batman. Also, Iroquois Ironmen’s Mike Attwood discusses his switch back to goalie after being a runner for over two years. You can listen to the Great Goalie edition of Boxla Beat right here.


Boxla Beat, Generations features John Grant Jr. and Sr.


After the rousing success of the “Dangerous Dans” edition of Boxla Beat (featuring Dan Dawson, Dan Carey and Dan Ladouceur) two weeks ago, today’s episode of Boxla Beat will have something for fans of John Grant, whichever generation they prefer.

Host Stephen Stamp will be joined by his brand new co-host, lacrosse announcer and Minnesota Swarm scout Jake Elliott. Stamp will be hosting the show live from the Montreal House, a tavern in Peterborough owned by Peterborough Lakers and Colorado Mammoth star John Grant Jr.

Also appearing on the show will be John Grant Sr., who was the best John Grant to ever play in pro lacrosse until Junior make that claim more difficult to pull off. Senior was a star with the Philadelphia Wings in the days when the Philadelphia Flyers were winning Stanley Cups.

You can catch both John Grants right here, both live and archived.