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Breaking: Team Canada’s John Grant denied exemption, will miss 2014 World Games

John Grant will not be allowed to play for Team Canada next week in Denver. (Photo: John Strosacker)
John Grant will not be allowed to play for Team Canada next week in Denver. (Photo: John Strosacker)

OTTAWA, ON July 4, 2014 – The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) announced today that forward John Grant Jr. will not be playing for Canada in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse Championships that begin next week in Denver, Colorado. He will be joining Coach Randy Mearns’ staff on the sidelines to help Canada win its third World Championship and will be replaced on the 23-man roster by Burlington, Ontario native Jordan MacIntosh. Grant, a veteran of four World Championships and widely regarded as one of the finest players to ever play the game, suffers from a medical condition that requires prescription medication as a part of hormone therapy (testosterone). READ MORE »


Victoria Shamrocks acquire Dhane Smith via transfer for the remainder of the WLA season


Victoria, BC – The Victoria Shamrocks are pleased to announce today that they have acquired the rights to Dhane Smith from the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks of Major Series Lacrosse in a transfer for the remainder of 2014 with an option to extend through 2015.

A six-foot-three, 200-pound forward/transition, Smith comes to the green and white as one of the most highly sought-after players in the game. In his first full-season at the senior ‘A’ level, Smith has showcased himself as one of lacrosse’s top young, dynamic players with a dangerous combination of speed and skill. In 2012, he was selected fifth-overall by the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League Draft.

“I would consider him to be one of the best, if not the best up-and-coming player in the game today,” explained Victoria attacker Corey Small. “He is one of the most athletic players in the NLL with an unbelievable combination of size, speed and skill which allows him to be an impact player on offence, defence or in transition.” READ MORE »


Familiar group looking to bring a new pro summer box lax league to North America

Speaking on a case of anonymity, IL Indoor has learned from a very reliable source that a new group is looking to form a new indoor professional lacrosse league in the summer of 2016. There have been circulating reports on the fan forum page about a new league and today, IL Indoor confirmed those reports and have learned that former CLAX founder Paul St John and NLL Hall of Famer Jim Veltman are heavily involved. READ MORE »


BREAKING: Peterborough Lakers forfeit opening three wins for playing an ineligible Scott Evans

Scott Evans was supposed to miss the opening game of the year and it will now cost the Lakers (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Scott Evans was supposed to miss the opening game of the year and it will now cost the Lakers (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

According to the Peterborough Examiner, Major Series Lacrosse has handed out a very stiff ruling on the league leading Peterborough Lakers for allowing Scott Evans to play in their first four games of the year while he was still suspended. During the final game of the Lakers 2013 MSL semi-final series with the Brooklin Redmen, Lakers forward Scott Evans was issued a one game suspension for his involvement in a fight at the end of the game with Redmen defender Steve Priolo. Because that game was the Lakers final game of the year, Evans was due to serve his suspension at the start of this year however, that never happened. READ MORE »


WLA Preview as the hunt for the Mann Cup begins Saturday in Coquitlam

Matt Flindell will be the Shamrocks' starting goalie as they get set to defend their WLA crown (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Matt Flindell will be the Shamrocks' starting goalie as they get set to defend their WLA crown (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Let’s all quote Rick Flair for a quick minute in one of the greatest and most overused sports cliches ever: to be the man you have to beat the man. In this case, to be the 2014 Western Lacrosse Association champions, six teams will be gunning for the Victoria Shamrocks who won the west in 2013. The even years always leave many questions for western clubs and most tend to not stack up on high priced talent in hopes of piecing together a roster that can compete with the clubs of the Major Series out east. In reality, it brings into question a moral construct of the Canadian summer leagues as players flip flop from league to league in hopes of capturing a Mann Cup title. But alas, we aren’t here to discuss politics, we’re here to get your set for the start of another season of WLA action and it all kicks off Saturday in Coquitlam as the Adanacs host the Langley Thunder.

There’s been quite a bit of turnover out west as teams begin the early jockeying for positioning atop the mountain as the journey for the cup begins. Each team has plenty of questions surrounding them from; can young goalies rise to the occasion, will draft picks pay-off, who will be here and not be here come August 1, and will the Mann Cup drought end this year? After the jump check out the early season rankings for the seven clubs out here in BC and also check out the opening day rosters as posted by the WLA Friday afternoon. Let the fun begin and may the best team win. READ MORE »


WLA Board of Governors and league officials working toward avoiding a possible strike as 2014 season looms

Who will keep Superman safe if replacement refs are used in the WLA? (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Who will keep Superman safe if replacement refs are used in the WLA? (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Nobody ever always agrees with officials.

They’re often the focus of players, coaches and fans vitriol during a season and are always the reason a team lost a big game. Well now, no more will the stripes be taken for granted and they’ve started to draw a line in the sand. With the Western Lacrosse Association season slowly approaching, IL Indoor has learned that there may a bit of a snag leading up to the May 17 season opener. After speaking with several sources on and close to both sides, the WLA and BC Lacrosse Officials Association (BCLOA) are, and have been in negotiations for a few months about the current state of wages being paid to the men in charge of keeping the peace on the floor. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast- Victoria Shamrocks HC Bob Heyes: throwbacks, hip surgeries and how he never wanted to coach

Bob Heyes in his heyday.
Bob Heyes in his heyday.

It’s been a while since the Off the Crossebar Podcasts have graced this page and that’s totally Rob Ford’s fault (everything is these days, right?) but we’re back and kicking things off with a bit of a throwback. For those that are social media savvy and even more so on Facebook, I suggest you become friends with Victoria Shamrocks Head Coach, Bob Heyes. He’s not giving anything away, trying to gain likes to cure cancer or raising a million dollars to try and convince the Gait brothers for one last tour of duty with the Rocks.  What he is doing, though, is giving an incredible trip down memory lane with some outstanding pictures and video footage from his playing days as a member of the Esquimalt Legion (BC JrA), the Victoria Payless, the Victoria Shamrocks and even his cup of coffee with the Pittsburgh Bulls. READ MORE »


Hadi Abassi steps down as financial backer for Nanaimo Timbermen, teams plan to continue moving forward for 2014 season

At a press conference today in Nanaimo, the Nanaimo Timbermen announced that majority financial backer Hadi Abassi was stepping way from the WLA and BCJALL franchise. It’s obvious to anyone that running a WLA team isn’t easy, especially when you struggle to draw fans at the gate and fail to gain any significant community support. Since returning to the Senior A circuit, the Timbermen have never been able to gain the embrace of the local sports fan within the hub-city community. At this point, nobody has stepped up to take over control but the franchise did make note that neither the Jr. or Sr. teams were in jeopardy. Surplus cash flow from home games will help fund the senior team on a game to game basis. Safe to say there won’t be much money to pay players. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast: The National Indoor Field Lacrosse League is coming

Forever and a day, the 49th parallel had been the great divide between the two great forms of this game we love. Canadians focusing on the indoor version while the Americans have continued to grow the outdoor game respectively. But over the years, the games have migrated and we’ve seen many many many indoor leagues kick off in the US showing that the game has some serious legs down south. Sure many of those league’s have come and gone but it hasn’t been for a lack of trying. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast- Brad MacArthur trying to wear as many hats as possible

Brad MacArthur behind the bench of the Clarington Green Gaels.
Brad MacArthur behind the bench of the Clarington Green Gaels.

We’ve spoken lately to a few lacrosse people who aren’t happy with just one job and they try to fill their lives with as much stress and duties as possible. There was Dane Stevens who’s a forward for the Minnesota Swarm and Burnaby Lakers, a rock star and jeweller. Then there was Quint Kessenich who’s not only a mainstay broadcaster for NCAA/MLL lacrosse but also an NCAA college football/basketball analyst and an avid horse racing enthusiast. Just goes to show that lacrosse people aren’t one trick ponies.

Well, Brad MacArthur may not know how to slap the bass or report from the paddocks at the Kentucky Derby but the man can sure coach lacrosse and he’s starting to get this just due. Earlier this week he was named as the latest head coach of the Barrie Blizzard, stemming off the his recent naming as head coach of the Clarington Green Gales but maybe most surprisingly, taking on the role with Team Israel for the upcoming 2015 World Indoor Championships.

A seven year NLL veteran, MacArthur has been coached by some of the sport’s best and learned many of their trick of the trade, now he’s taking his passion for playing the game and translating it to the coaching realm. This week on the Off the Crossebar Podcast we go one on one with the man of man hats, Brad MacArthur READ MORE »