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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 »


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 »


Last night: St. Catharines Saints and Langley Thunder complete sweeps

Brad Favero, Andrew Potter and Mike Attwood enjoy the spoils of the St Catharines Saints OLA Sr B championship. (Photo: St. Catharines Saints)
Brad Favero, Andrew Potter and Mike Attwood enjoy the spoils of the St Catharines Saints OLA Sr B championship. (Photo: St. Catharines Saints)

The St. Catharines Saints are heading to their third straight Presidents Cup after sweeping aside the Six Nations Rivermen 3-0 in the Ontario Senior B finals, finishing the series off with a 10-9 come-from-behind win in St. Catharines last night. The Saints, in their third year in the OLA Sr B league, won their third straight league championship. They have won bronze and silver medals at the Presidents Cup the last two years and are now hoping to complete their climb up the podium at the tournament in Kahnawake, Quebec starting August 26.

Out west, the Langley Thunder completed a sweep of the Coquitlam Adanacs in the Western Lacrosse Association semi finals with an 11-9 win in Coquitlam. The powerful Thunder lineup is coming together as the playoffs progress and they are also hoping to take one step further up the ladder of Canadian lacrosse rankings. Langley lost to the Peterborough Lakers four games to two in last year’s Mann Cup in Peterborough. They’ve pulled together a remarkable lineup with the goal of winning the west’s first Mann Cup since the Victoria Shamrocks in 2005. Langley is likely to face the Shamrocks in the WLA finals, as Victoria holds a 3-0 lead over the Burnaby Lakers in the other semi final. READ MORE »


Breaking down the WLA Playoffs


It’s long been talked about that the Western Lacrosse Association is in quite the slump when it comes to the Mann Cup. To be clear, the west hasn’t won a national championships since the 2005 Victoria Shamrocks defeated the Peterborough Lakers in six games. Since then, the Major Series Lacrosse loop has gone on a tear, winning seven straight Manns.

Every year–more specifically, every odd year when the Mann Cup is out west–people begin the talk that this will be the year that the slump ends. Well, the four teams remaining to kick off the WLA post season all have high hopes of lifting the 112-year-old trophy come mid-September. For one of Langley, Victoria, Burnaby and Coquitlam it’s going to take twelve wins to secure a Mann Cup–ironically not one of those teams won twelve games this year.

The playoffs get going tonight on the Island as Victoria welcomes Burnaby to Bear Mountain and then Thursday the Thunder and Adanacs square off in the two best of seven series for the chance to play for the west crown. Let the fun begin as we’re just over a month away from the start of the Mann Cup. So sit back and enjoy some incredible lacrosse.

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WLA Power Rankings: Everyone’s alive as the race for the playoffs heats up

Athan Iannucci and the Langley Thunder are beginning to find their form for the stretch run. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Athan Iannucci and the Langley Thunder are beginning to find their form for the stretch run. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

All seven teams in the Western Lacrosse Association are still alive as we round the final quarter pole of this sprint to the finish. Langley and Victoria still stand atop the mountain, however the two teams are painting different landscapes as everyone battles for the right to host the 2013 Mann Cup. Langley has won three straight and is looking much like the team that has won the past two WLA titles. Conversely, the Shamrocks seem to be struggling with the newest additions and play a perfect Jekyll and Hyde. They will play smash mouth lacrosse Friday night in Victoria, which could be a WLA finals preview and will be a great measuring stick for both teams. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings: Winds of change upon us as Thunder, Lakers make big jumps

Don't look now, but Justin Salt and the Burnaby Lakers are challenging for the WLA's top spot. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Don't look now, but Justin Salt and the Burnaby Lakers are challenging for the WLA's top spot. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Well that wasn’t exactly what we expected at the trade deadline was it?!! The Langley Thunder load up even more as they add six players (three transfers from back east and three via deadline deals) and the Adanacs start the rebuild. Rosters are now set and some look completely different than they did this time last week. However, change isn’t always a good thing as the Shamrocks added a top level D guy but then fell to the streaking Lakers. The wild and crazy WLA just got insane and unreal in the blink of an eye and it’s anyone’s guess as to who is going to come out on top. The Thunder look to be the favourites now with the additions they’ve made but can the Burrards, Shamrocks and even the Lakers keep pace? How will the new-look, scaled-down Adanacs fare, can the T-Men make a late push and will the Bellies make any noise down the homestretch? Good luck trying to figure anything out this year. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings: Curtis Dickson, could you please come back to planet earth?

Curtis Dickson is doing what he does best, scoring goals for the Maple Ridge Burrards. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Curtis Dickson is doing what he does best, scoring goals for the Maple Ridge Burrards. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

If you have a spare $3, take some time to go back and watch the Victoria versus Maple Ridge game from Sunday. Not only was it a fantastic back and forth game, it was just another display of excellence from the best indoor player on the planet, Curtis Dickson. Going 4-4 after not scoring a single goal in his last game just solidifies his grasp on that title. The Western Lacrosse Association has rounded the halfway pole, teams continuing to jockey for position and with the steady stream of big name players coming in and out the lineups, there is literally no way to predict what is going to happen out West. Adding to the fantastic play by the boys on the floor, the news of the NLL’s return to the lower mainland should really propel the game to the forefront of everyone’s minds as we get set for the 2013 Mann Cup. READ MORE »