In the past, the Philadelphia Wings have been labeled by some as “Team America” with their heavy rotation of U.S.-born players week in and week out. However this year may be a bit different with the 2014 FIL World Field Lacrosse Championships set to take place this summer in Denver. It’s been widely speculated that a few top end American players for the Wings will take the 2014 NLL season off in order to ensure they’re at their best to represent their country. So how does that sit with Wings GM Johnny Mouradian, who has been a key architect for the club over the past few seasons? “We are sticking with our U.S. player base procurement plan and feel there are a number of great U.S. players who are very capable of making the transition to indoor like Brett Manney, Joel White, Mike Manley, Kyle Sweeney and Chad Wiedmaier.” READ MORE »
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IL Indoor has confirmed through multiple sources that the Philadelphia Wings have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent Ryan Ward. It had been speculated over the past few weeks that the Edmonton Rush were not going to sign the 10th-year forward out of Victoria, B.C., leading him to test the free agent waters. Spending the past four years in Edmonton, many felt that with the retirement of Jimmy Quinlan, Ward would be the easy choice to replace Quinlan as captain. However, Ward didn’t attend Rush camp this past week and with Chris Corbeil being named captain, the writing was on the wall. Rush GM Derek Keenan confirmed with IL that Ward had been offered a contract but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Wings GM Johnny Mouradian told IL Indoor about the acquisition exclusively today and it was then confirmed by Ward’s agent Rich Furlong, who said Tuesday night that once it was made clear a deal wasn’t going to be reached with the Rush “a number of other teams stepped up.” Terms were not announced at the time but Furlong adds that they are very good terms for Ward. READ MORE »
The Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) will honor former player and second all-time leading scorer Jake Bergey by retiring his No. 66 jersey when the Wings take on the Edmonton Rush at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. Bergey played his entire 10-year NLL career with the Wings, finishing as the team’s second leading scorer in team history in goals and points (256 career goals, 557 points). He also ranks second overall in team history for assists (301 career assists). Bergey played in 133 regular season games and was a member of the 1998 and 2001 NLL Champion’s Cup teams. READ MORE »
The Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) have agreed to terms with goalie Evan Kirk, forwards Kevin Ross, Michael McLellan, Bill McGlone, Kyle Buchanan, Tracey Kelusky and Ethan Farrell, defenders AJ Masson and Pat Heim, and transition players Jordan Hall and Ryan Hotaling for the 2014 season.
Kirk enters his first season with the Philadelphia Wings after being acquired this off-season in a trade with the Minnesota Swarm. He spent two seasons in Minnesota where he earned a 77% save rating along with a 12.08 goals against average. Over his career, Kirk owns a 7-7 record and has tallied 548 career saves.
Kevin Ross returns for his second season with the Wings, his seventh in the NLL. Ross contributed 53 points (20 goals, 33 assists) and forced 62 loose balls in his initial season in Philadelphia. A graduate of Canisius College, he appeared in all 17 games in 2013. READ MORE »
The Philadelphia Wings have announced that the team has signed two 2013 NLL Entry Draft picks, forward James Delaney and goalie Don Alton, both to one-year deals. The Wings selected Delaney with the 19th overall selection and Alton at 33rd overall.
Delaney was a midfielder at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA and plays the position of forward for the Nanaimo Timbermen of the Western Lacrosse Association in Canada. In 2013, Delaney was voted to the USILA All-America first team and Most Outstanding Midfielder.
Alton has spent the last two years with the Six Nations Arrows of the Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior A league, posting a .791 save percentage and allowing just 5.81 goals per game in 2013. Alton looks to add depth at goalie for the Wings roster in 2014.
The Philadelphia Wings open the 2014 NLL regular season on the road against the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday, Dec. 28 and will host Buffalo for their home opener at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. ET.
In this age of 200-plus television channels at our disposal, the choices to make are many. One of those channels is the DIY Network, and there is an upcoming show you won’t want to miss. Man Caves, a popular show on the network that includes former NFL player Tony Siragusa as a co-host, was at the home of Philadelphia Wings transition man Paul Rabil to tape a recent episode. Check it out at ILGear.com, which caught up with Rabil as the Man Caves crew was there and working on a lacrosse-themed man cave, a concept DIY producers said they were actively pursuing. It helps that Goose has a son in New Jersey who plays. Work on Rabil’s basement was fast and furious, so stay tuned to find out when the episode will air.
The Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League have used their franchise player designations on Brodie Merrill and goaltender Brandon Miller for the 2014 season which commences on Sunday, January 12, when the Wings host the Buffalo Bandits at Wells Fargo Center at 4 p.m. By placing the franchise tag on a player, the team retains the players’ rights for the 2014 season. “Brandon is the cornerstone of the defense and the longest tenured member of the Wings. Brodie is arguably one of the best leaders in the sport of lacrosse,” said Team President Michael French. “Combined, they are the heart and soul of the Philadelphia Wings.” Merrill and Miller collectively have over 21 seasons of experience in the NLL and represent the core of the Wings leadership. Merrill, a transition player from Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, appeared in 14 games last season. He finished with 10 goals, 16 assists, and 123 loose balls recovered. Miller was named to the NLL All-Pro Second Team last season. He appeared in 15 games and compiled 556 saves while only allowing 12.12 goals per game. Miller reached a career milestone by recording his 4,000th save in 2013.
The NLL free agent signing period is now underway as Tuesday, Oct. 29 was the last day for teams to make qualifying offers to veteran players on their rosters. Veteran players who did not receive qualifying offers for the 2014 season became Restricted Free Agents while others became Unrestricted Free Agents.
If a team signs a Restricted Free Agent to a contract, the player’s current team can retain that player by matching the offer within a specified time frame. There is no right to match an offer and retain the rights of an Unrestricted Free Agent. Active players entering free agency are listed team-by-team below. READ MORE »
Bill Miller, a staunch defender who helped the Philadelphia Wings to three Champions Cup titles, receives one of the greatest honours in the sport Saturday. He will be inducted into the US National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. “It’s pretty exciting,” Miller tells KYW Newsradio in an interview you can listen to via this link. “This is the pinnacle of my sport and quite an honor. I’m quite humbled.” Miller, who was a standout at Hobart College, didn’t exactly have a ton of experience in box lacrosse when he first joined the Wings. “I played my first indoor lacrosse game, it was the first one I’d ever seen, I’d never even seen a game,” he said. “Got drafted out of college, went and played, and I wasn’t that good. I earned a spot on the team more as what we called a ‘grinder’. A guy who would play defense, he’d play man down, he’d play 4-on-4, get the ground balls, ‘d’-up and shut off the other teams stars.” He did those things well enough to stick around while he figured out the nuances of the indoor game.
Former Philadelphia Wings star Bill Miller, who played his NCAA ball at Hobart College, will be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2013. Miller helped lead Hobart to 4 NCAA Division III titles from 1988 to 1991 before playing in the National Lacrosse League for the Wings from 1991 to 1998. During his 7-year NLL career, Miller played in 6 championship games and won 3 championships. He was named MVP of the 1998 championship game. In 54 regular-season games, he scored 78 points (24 goals, 34 assists) and scooped 160 loose balls. In 15 playoff games, he had 24 points (11-13) and 68 loosies. “Going into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame hits you pretty hard,” Miller told Eastchester Daily Voice. “While I was playing, I never thought about it. You get older and have a chance to think about it, and this is a reminder to me as to why you make those sacrifices and why you did things differently than some of the folks you were with all the time.” Miller and 7 others will be formally inducted on Oct. 26 in Hunt Valley, Md.