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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 »


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 »


Toronto Rock clinch home floor for first round of playoffs

Cory Vitarelli and the Rochester Knighthawks downed the Buffalo Bandits 16-14 Saturday. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Cory Vitarelli and the Rochester Knighthawks downed the Buffalo Bandits 16-14 Saturday. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

As improbable as it seemed about a month ago, the Toronto Rock will be playing host to the Nati0nal Lacrosse League’s East Division first round playoff game next weekend. For that to happen, the Rock had to win their last four games and the Buffalo Bandits had to lose the final eight games of their season. Last night, the final pieces to the puzzle played out as the Rock downed Minnesota 8-6 and the Bandits lost 16-14 to the Rochester Knighthawks. That means round one will play out at the Air Canada Centre next Saturday.

Toronto outshot the Swarm 61-53, but both Minny’s Zach Higgins and the Rock’s Brandon Miller were on their game. Stephan Leblanc led the Toronto scoring parade with a hat trick despite being covered tightly on two of his three goals. Logan Schuss and Shayne Jackson each had a pair for the Swarm, who could beat Miller only twice through three quarters but put on a  push in the fourth with the final four goals of the game. As has been the case with so many Minnesota comebacks this year, this one was too little too late. READ MORE »


NLL Week 18 Staff Picks

The Western New York rivals play their fourth and final game of the 2014 season in Buffalo on Saturday. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
The Western New York rivals play their fourth and final game of the 2014 season in Buffalo on Saturday. (Photo: Bill Wippert)

All nine teams will see action in five games in the last weekend of the regular season. The six playoff spots have been solidified – Edmonton, Calgary, and Colorado in the West and Rochester, Buffalo, and Toronto in the East.

To close out their record-breaking season, the Edmonton Rush (15-2) treat their fans to another home game as they host the Vancouver Stealth (4-12) on Friday night. The Stealth then return home Saturday to face the other Alberta powerhouse, the Calgary Roughnecks (11-6. READ MORE »


Who Ya Got? NLL Week 18 Fan Poll

Top seed Edmonton Rush close out the regular season at home against the Vancouver Stealth on Friday. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Top seed Edmonton Rush close out the regular season at home against the Vancouver Stealth on Friday. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

All six playoff spot have been filled – Edmonton, Calgary, and Colorado in the West, and Rochester, Buffalo, and Toronto in the East. The only variable left to determine is will there be a home playoff game in Buffalo or Toronto?

Buffalo could have locked up second place in the East with a win in either Toronto or Rochester last weekend; instead the Bandits, who once sat atop the division, extended their losing streak to seven games, dropping a pair on the road and leaving their chance at a home playoff game down to the wire.
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Wings take fans behind the action at the Wells Fargo Center

The Philadelphia Wings are holding their Fan Appreciation Night this Saturday when they play host to the Colorado Mammoth. In anticipation of the event, the team has put together a video providing an all-encompassing look at the game day experience in Philly. From behind the scenes looks to game action, the video shows Chopper and the Wings getting at it. READ MORE »


Lacrosse demonstration by Wings halts traffic in downtown Philadelphia

The Wings took part in a lacrosse demonstration in Philadelphia on Tuesday. (Photo: Philadelphia Wings)
The Wings took part in a lacrosse demonstration in Philadelphia on Tuesday. (Photo: Philadelphia Wings)

Usually, it’s the Philadelphia Angels, the dance team of the Wings, that stops traffic. On Tuesday, the Wings took their turn. Several Wings players took part in Laxin’ In The Streets, a fan fest of sorts in advance of the Wings’ National Lacrosse League season finale this weekend that also is Fan Appreciation Night. Tuesday’s event was held at lunchtime and shut down traffic on 18th Street near Rittenhouse Square and Center City. Players showed fans ins and outs of the game during a demonstration and gave fans a chance to win tickets to Saturday’s game against the Colorado Mammoth. Taking part in the event was Bill McGlone, Brett Manney, Chris Collins, Kyle Buchanan, Kevin Crowley and General Manager Johnny Mouradian.


Thul living the dream with NLL’s Wings

How well as American Garrett Thul adapted to box lacrosse? He cut the palms from his gloves. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
How well as American Garrett Thul adapted to box lacrosse? He cut the palms from his gloves. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Some people call them choices. Garrett Thul calls them options. Either way, he’s living in a dream world as a professional lacrosse player for the National Lacrosse League’s Philadelphia Wings while working his way toward another goal of being an infantry officer in the United States military. Without much experience as an American, the West Point graduate has caught on nicely and has plans to continue playing, unless his other option overtakes the game. He still has military duty to fulfill for the U.S. Army but has been granted an extension as he prepares to play for Team USA this summer in Denver. After that, it’s off to Fort Benning in Georgia for a leader course in hopes of that leading to the 82nd Airborne in North Carolina. “I love playing lacrosse,” Thul told Philly.com. “The thing is, I can’t keep doing it if it impacts how well I do my job. Ultimately, especially in the infantry branch, not being good at my job could potentially lead to casualties or fatalities, and that is not acceptable to me. If there is a point where I can’t do my job, then I am going to stop playing lacrosse.”


Mammoth complete National Lacrosse League playoff field

Matt Vinc stopped 45 of the 49 shots he faced as Rochester beat Buffalo 8-4. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Matt Vinc stopped 45 of the 49 shots he faced as Rochester beat Buffalo 8-4. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The Colorado Mammoth  (7-10) made sure they were headed to the playoffs by putting up their biggest offensive output of the year in an 18-12 win over the Minnesota Swarm (4-13). Colorado clinched third place in the West Division and a first-round playoff date in Calgary by scoring at least 4 goals in each quarter against the Swarm, despite being outshot 63-48 in the game. Everything just seemed to find a way behind the Minnesota goaltenders, especially in the fourth quarter when the Mammoth scored 5 goals on just nine shots.

Athan Iannucci led all scorers with 8 points on 2 goals and 6 assists. Adam Jones scored 4 goals–including one on the power play and one shorthanded–and added as assist. John Grant Jr. had a hat trick and 2 assists. The first goal was a big one as it was the 600th of his career, making him just the third player ever to reach that milestone (along with Gary Gait and John Tavares). Logan Schuss led the way for the Swarm with 4 goals and 3 assists. READ MORE »