Archive for the ‘Road to the Mann Cup’ Category


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 »


WLA Draft 2014: Grading the teams

Tyler Garrison
Tyler Garrison

The dust has settled on the 2014 Western Lacrosse Association Draft, and the teams and scouts will now start to figure out where their draftees can fit into their roster before the season starts in May. We learned that old habits do indeed die hard and that there is a body of water called the Georgia Straight that makes things really hard to predict on draft day. All in all, 64 graduating juniors were drafted and will try to crack WLA rosters. Each team at the Langley Events Centre last Thursday night improved their club in some way shape or form, and each should be happy with the quality of lacrosse players that continue to pour out of the province. But there had to be winners and losers, and ILIndoor hands out a one letter report card to the 7 WLA teams. READ MORE »


WLA Draft preview: Talent is deep on both sides of ball, so who goes with No. 1 pick?

If Jesse King's Junior numbers weren't impressive enough, his Mann Cup performance was. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)
If Jesse King's Junior numbers weren't impressive enough, his Mann Cup performance was. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)

After last weekend’s B.C. Jr. A Lacrosse League draft, the eight junior teams stacked up their rosters for the 2014 season and started the process of moving on without their graduating players. Now it’s time to see where many of those 1992 born players will end up for the upcoming Western Lacrosse Association season as the WLA draft will take place at Langley Events Centre on Thursday, February 6. The Coquitlam Adanacs hold the first overall pick in this years draft and they have numerous options moving forward into 2014. The A’s also hold the fourth overall pick so they will be adding two top level rookies to the roster. The talent pool is very top heavy with this year’s draft class but with 2014 being an eastern Mann Cup year, it could very well be a year for some of these top prospects to make a real impact. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast: A cavalier both on and off floor, Dane Stevens a man of many talents

Dane Stevens
Dane Stevens

Ever since the early days of the Eagle Pro Box league and professional lacrosse became an actual thing, it’s always labeled itself as the league of weekend warriors who play for the love of the game while holding down a steady 9-5 job Monday through Friday. National Lacrosse League players today have a wide range of professions that allow them continue to play the game they love, while at the same time making sure the bills don’t pile up like John Grant Jr highlight real goals (don’t ever stop Jr.). Well Dane Stevens, who was recently acquired by the Minnesota Swarm from the Edmonton Rush, may just take the cake as one of the most interesting men away from the turf. He may not have his own line of Memes quite yet but moonlighting as the bassist for the Vancouver indie rock group, Tough Lovers has allowed him to grow some underground groupie love status but that’s not the coolest job description on his resume. READ MORE »


WLA: Bellies trade Richards to Lakers for 2 first round picks

Tyler Richards went to three Mann Cups with New Westminster, including 2010 in Peterborough. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Tyler Richards went to three Mann Cups with New Westminster, including 2010 in Peterborough. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

While the National Lacrosse League is a few weeks away from kicking off, other teams and leagues continue to make waves and late Wednesday night was no different. After sitting out most of the 2013 season to weigh his lacrosse options, Tyler Richards now finds himself with a new home for the 2014 Western Lacrosse Association season and beyond. The 27-year-old Coquitlam, BC native has spent his entire WLA career with the New Westminster Salmonbellies but will now head on over the bog and join the Burnaby Lakers.

WLA Commissioner Casey Cook confirmed on twitter tonight that the long-time rivals had completed a trade for the two-time WLA goalie of the year and all-star in exchange for two first round picks coming in 2014 and 2015. Richards, who was getting in a workout with the Vancouver Stealth, was very appreciative of the opportunity afforded to him by the Salmonbellies upon hearing of the trade. READ MORE »


Ian Llord won Champions Cup, Presidents Cup and Mann Cup in 2013

Ian Llord
Ian Llord

Ian Llord was looking forward to a pretty quiet summer after having won the Champions Cup with the Rochester Knighthawks. He was going to play some Senior B lacrosse with his hometown St. Catharines Saints and spend time at home with his family. Then he got a call from the Six Nations Chiefs of Major Series Lacrosse. Suddenly, his quiet summer became a steady series of games leading to a chance to win an exceedingly rare triple. By the time the dust settled, the quiet, hard-working defender had also won a Presidents Cup and a Mann Cup.

“It was never supposed to be like that. It was supposed to be a pretty relaxed, laid-back summer,” Llord told IL Indoor. “I was supposed to be working on my house, playing with my kids, stuff like that. But I’ve got a really understanding and loving wife and a really close family. It was good. It was a lot of lacrosse.” READ MORE »


Mann Cup 2013: Photo gallery

Brandon Miller of Six Nations celebrates sweet victory in Victoria. (Photo: Kevin Light)
Brandon Miller of Six Nations celebrates sweet victory in Victoria. (Photo: Kevin Light)

It’s been said before that a picture is worth 1,000 words. With that in mind, we’ve got a few pictures lined up here from the 2013 Mann Cup, courtesy of photographer Kevin Light. This year’s tournament in Victoria, B.C., featured all you would expect from a pair of league champs: great lacrosse, heightened emotion and vocal fan support. But in the end, there can be only 1 champ and this year, it was the Six Nations Chiefs. The Cup is back at Six Nations for the first time since 1996 and until someone can bring the Chiefs down, there’s no disputing that they are kings of the lacrosse world. READ MORE »


Mann Cup All-Star Team


IL Indoor had a pair of writers at the 2013 Mann Cup in Teddy Jenner and myself. We put our heads together and have produced the Mann Cup All-Star team. The team consists of three forwards, two defenders and a goalie, as all-star teams are wont to do. Given the low scores of the early games and the outstanding play of both defences, though, when we first discussed our early candidates for the team, there were actually three defence/transition players and just two forwards. But as you’ll see, another forward basically forced his way onto the team with a series-altering performance at the games progressed. So make the jump to see exactly who made the team and why. READ MORE »


Shamrocks set sights on 2014 Mann Cup

The Victoria Shamrocks had to watch the Mann Cup handed to someone else, in their own barn. (Photo: Kevin Light)
The Victoria Shamrocks had to watch the Mann Cup handed to someone else, in their own barn. (Photo: Kevin Light)

The closer you get, the more it hurts. That’s where the Victoria Shamrocks find themselves today after losing the Mann Cup series to the Six Nations Chiefs. Adding to that hurt is losing the tournament in 6 games in their own barn. “There’s nothing worse than seeing the Mann Cup presented in your own arena and you’re not the team,” coach Bob Heyes told The Victoria News. So what to do? Channel the motivation, says the coach, and make sure it doesn’t happen again. “We were 10 minutes from Game 7, where all of a sudden it’s a winner-take-all game. The atmosphere was electric and would have been over the top, I think we definitely would have come out the winners,” said Heyes. “Now we want to do something we haven’t done in a long time, go out east and win it.”


MVP awards rolling in for Team 22 players

Cody Jamieson has another MVP, and championship trophy, to put on his shelf as a Team 22 member. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Cody Jamieson has another MVP, and championship trophy, to put on his shelf as a Team 22 member. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

When Rochester Knighthawks forward Cody Jamieson accepted the Mike Kelly Award as the Mann Cup MVP, it marked the third time in the past year that the 26-year-old has earned such an honor. More importantly, to his brand, the Six Nations star won the eighth MVP honor for Team 22 Lacrosse (T22). With some of the most passionate lacrosse men at the helm, it’s no wonder that Team 22 players have achieved unparalleled success in 2013. Team 22, which is the design, manufacturing and distribution arm of Under Armour®, is owned by Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres, Knighthawks VP of Lacrosse Paul Gait and Knighthawks President Lewis Staats. READ MORE »