Archive for the ‘Ontario Junior A’ Category

Cordingley joins Burlington Chiefs staff

Troy Cordingley
Troy Cordingley

The Junior A season in Ontario is months away, but the Burlington Chiefs are eager to get going. Current Buffalo Bandits coach Troy Cordingley will join the Burlington staff this summer, working with player development, player acquisitions and lending a hand to the coaching staff. “You don’t need an explanation to add a guy like Troy. His resumé speaks for itself,” Chiefs general manager Mark Baldini told “He’ll be a valuable asset in many way. He brings a wealth of knowledge and he’s another guy who lives and breathes lacrosse. There won’t be an area where his presence isn’t felt.” Cordingley, who has won National Lacrosse League titles with the Calgary Roughnecks and Toronto Rock, joins a Chiefs team that was 14-5-1 last summer and finished third in the league table.

Codd, Thomson take on new coaching challenges

Merrick Thomson
Merrick Thomson

In a pair of related announcements, the Orangeville Jr B Northmen and Toronto Jr A Beaches have new head coaches to lead them into the 2014 summer lacrosse season. Bruce Codd has been the Beaches coach for the last two years, but he is heading back to his Orangeville home to take over the Jr B Northmen. Codd played for the Jr A Northmen from 1994-99, winning a pair of Minto Cups with the team in ‘95 and ‘96. He was also a co-coach of the Northmen club that won the 2008 Minto. After a couple of seasons coaching the Okotoks Raiders in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League, Codd returned to Ontario to lead the Beaches, helping them creep closer to a playoff berth after several years of being a bottom-two team.

Merrick Thomson will take the step from assistant to head coach with the Beaches, according to a news release on the Beaches web site. The former Philadelphia Wings star and second overall NLL draft pick, Thompson also coaches the post graduate program at The Hill Academy. Thomson inherits a team that has struggled out of the gate the last couple of seasons but has shown steady improvement in fighting for post-season berths.

Sawyer reflects on time with Orangeville

Matt Sawyer
Matt Sawyer

Matt Sawyer said simply, it was time. Sawyer announced earlier this year that he was stepping down after 9 seasons as coach of the Orangeville Junior A Northmen, a team that runs deep in his blood. But the time had come to move on, he said, and he’ll continue his work as an assistant coach with the National Lacrosse League’s Toronto Rock. “I wanted to put my mark on the team and put Orangeville Jr. A lacrosse back on top,” Sawyer told “I take great pride in that accomplishment.” Three Minto Cup titles under Sawyer is quite a mark to leave, and he’s confident new coach D.J. Clevely can leave his own. “I know D.J. very well,” Sawyer said. “He played for us before. One thing I can tell you about D.J. is he knows his stuff. He came through the system and he has a lot of Orangeville in him. The team is in good hands.”

Sean Allen named GM of St. Catharines

The St. Catharines Jr. A Athletics Lacrosse club are pleased to announce that Sean Allen has been named as the new General Manager. Sean will have assistance from Pat McCready. The Jr. A Athletics will retain Ian Rubel as the head coach. Assistant coaches at this time include Rob Taylor and Ian Llord. The St. Catharines Athletics lacrosse club has been in existence since 1877. The Athletics have captured the Minto Cup on 6 occasions. Allen has been a Head Lacrosse Coach in the St, Catharines Athletics Minor system since 2002. His teams have won Zone 9 Championships in 2011, 2008, and 2006; and were the Ontario Provincial Champions in 2006. READ MORE »

Orangeville Northmen name DJ Clevely new Jr A Head Coach

DJ Clevely (back right, with beard) will try to continue the Northmen's winning tradition as the team's new head coach. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
DJ Clevely (back right, with beard) will try to continue the Northmen's winning tradition as the team's new head coach. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Orangeville Northmen have found their man, and they didn’t have to look far. With Matt Sawyer having resigned as head coach of the Junior A Northmen in October because of family commitments, Orangeville has announced that the new head coach is DJ Clevely. Clevely was an assistant with the Northmen the past two seasons, helping them to the 2012 Minto Cup championship, the team’s third in five years. He has also coached the Orangeville midget team to Ontario titles in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

General Manager Bob Clevely says DJ’s history with the organization has prepared him for the head coaching role. “He was a player in the organization a number of years ago, then working with Matt the last two years and with the Jr Bs before that. He’s very familiar with all these players because the majority of them he’s coached since pee wee,” Bob says. “Matt and the coaching staff were really working with DJ to get his experience up. He’s passionate about the organization and passionate about those kids. He was a logical choice, so from my end it made sense.” READ MORE »

Brandon Sanderson returns to Lakeshores

The Barrie Lakeshores Junior A Lacrosse Club are pleased to announce the return of Brandon Sanderson to their coaching staff. Brandon was an assistant coach with the Lakeshore Junior As in 2010 before taking on the GM/Coach position with the Owen Sound Northstars Senior Bs over the past few seasons and will be responsible for the team’s offence. Sanderson joins a club that is coming off a 10-10 regular season and its first Ontario Junior A playoff appearance in 2013. Brandon’s playing and coaching experience will be an asset as the maturing Lakeshores looks to take the next step in becoming a top team in Canadian Junior A Lacrosse. As a player, he has won 3 Minto Cups, 2 Mann Cups & 2 Presidents Cups along with playing in the National Lacrosse League in Montreal & Ottawa. “I am happy to come back to the Lakeshores and be part of an exciting future with this organization,” said Sanderson.

ILIndoor 2013 Junior of the Year Awards, plus our All-Canadian teams for the summer

Johnny Powless of Six Nations did what was expected of him in 2013: He piled up the points. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Johnny Powless of Six Nations did what was expected of him in 2013: He piled up the points. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

After a 1-year hiatus, ILIndoor’s Junior of the Year awards are back. It’s the fifth edition of these awards, and we’ve also lined up our All-Canadian teams, comprised of the best Junior A players across Canada. As in years past, criteria for these awards are based on statistics from the regular season, hardware handed out for each of the Junior A loops in Ontario, B.C., and Alberta, and input from writers and coaches. So after the jump, check out who made what and if the accompanying photo wasn’t enough of a clue, you can also find out who ILIndoor’s Junior Player of the Year is. READ MORE »

Minto Cup 2013: What they’re saying

If you’ve never had the pleasure to battle for a Minto Cup, then you might have some trouble connecting with the emotions left behind by the Whitby Warriors, the New Westminster Salmonbellies, the Coquitlam Adanacs and the Okotoks Raiders. Because no matter where these teams finished in the tournament standings, there’s little doubt about the investment each player makes to get this far. With investment comes risk and the stubborn thing about that is just 1 team reaps the reward. And this year, that team is the Whitby Warriors. The Warriors wrapped up their second Minto Cup title in 3 seasons on Sunday night, but there’s plenty of talking from all directions. The winning. The losing. The joy. The pain. And of all the words spoken, ILIndoor has rounded up some of the best for your reading enjoyment. READ MORE »

Last night: Whitby Warriors are the 2013 Minto Cup champions

It took overtime in Game 4, but for the second time in three years the Whitby Warriors are Minto Cup champions. A day after walloping New Westminster 13-4 in Game 3, the Warriors had to score the last goal of regulation time to get to the extra frame against the resilient Salmonbellies, but once there they scored the only 2 goals to pull out a 10-8 win and hoist the trophy that they also won in 2011.

Whitby scored on all four of their power play chances in the first two periods to take a 5-3 lead after 40 minutes and put the title squarely in their sights. New Westminster showed early in the third, however, that they weren’t about to give up without a fight, although this time it was figurative rather than literal as it had been a night before when four players on each team were ejected for fighting. The Bellies got goals from Jeremy Bosher, Luke Gillespie and Anthony Malcolm in the first three minutes of the third period to pull into a 6-5 lead. READ MORE »

Last night: Warriors rebound from loss with dominating effort at Minto

Clearly, the Whitby Warriors didn’t like losing a game in the Minto Cup’s best-of-five finals. After dropping a close decision to New Westminster in Game 2 of the series, the Warriors dismantled the Salmonbellies 13-4 last night to take a 2-1 lead in a game that turned rough, with four fights and a total of 224 minutes in penalties. Whitby outscored New West 3-1 in each of the first and third periods. As has been the case for much of the tournament, though, it was the second period where the Warriors did most of their damage, outscoring the Salmonbellies 7-2 thanks to two of their four 3-goal runs in the game. Michael MacDonald led the way with 3 goals and an assist, but the scoring was well spread out. Ten different Warriors scored goals and Ryan Keenan had 4 assists. Alexis Buque stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced in the Whitby net and Josh Delves stopped both of his shots after relieving Buque with a few minutes to play. Josh Byrne scored a pair of goals for the Salmonbellies. READ MORE »