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 »
One word the National Lacrosse League hasn’t quite been able to use lately is stability. However, it seems the league may have turned the corner, is pushing through some inconsistencies on and off the floor and the future continues to get brighter.
While constantly stable off the floor since moving from Washington, the Colorado Mammoth are now looking for some stability in a few areas on the floor in hopes of winning their first championship since 2006. Mammoth GM Steve Govett knows that just having talent doesn’t win you trophies as his team prepares for its second week of camp next week. With only thirty players in camp, Govett hopes the focus won’t be so much on skill but on chemistry and work ethic. READ MORE »
Finally, a true Dead Head. ILGear gave us the first glimpse at a custom lacrosse head from Lacrosse Unlimited that’s sure to please Grateful Dead fans everywhere. The Warrior Evo 4 comes at us with images of the iconic band that started the jam scene, complete with a tye dye pattern, a Steal Your Face logo, Jerry Garcia’s mug and a gnarly image of the guitarist’s right hand that was missing part of the middle finger, the result of a firewood-splitting accident when he was 4 years old. To see more images, head on over to ILGear.com for an extensive photo gallery. And hopefully, more heads like this are on their way for the Grateful Dead’s starting lineup of Casey Jones, Saint Stephen, Stagger Lee, Tennessee Jed, My Brother Esau and Jack Straw (he’s from Wichita). A team like that could be The Greatest Story Ever Told.
BREAKING: Bandits acquire Ryan Benesch and Andrew Watt in exchange for firsts in 2015/2016 and a third in 2017
IL Indoor has learned that the Buffalo Bandits have completed a National Lacrosse League trade with the Minnesota Swarm that sees Buffalo get some much needed left-handed youth on offence as well as adding one of the top transition players in the game. Buffalo picks up Ryan Benesch and Andrew Watt in exchange for first round picks in 2015 and 2016 as well a third round pick in 2017.
Benesch has long been tagged as one of the best young players in lacrosse with plenty of years ahead of him. He will instantly add a fresh look to an offence that was starting to get long in the tooth. This will be the fourth team in the first seven years of Benesch’s career. It’s rare to see a player of his calibre move so frequently. Drafted first overall by San Jose in 2006, Benesch was then shipped to Toronto in a blockbuster deal that saw him traded for Colin Doyle. READ MORE »
IL Indoor’s very own Teddy Jenner is looking to take his role in the world of sports journalism to a whole other level, and he’s finally succeeded in making the first big step. Jenner has been announced as one of the 24 finalists for The Score sports network’s Drafted program. The prize for the eventual winner is a one-year contract with the network as an on-air analyst and personality.
We say “finally” because this is the fifth time Jenner has auditioned for the show and his perseverance has finally paid off. It was actually his sixth audition that did the trick. Jenner went to the Vancouver auditions this year and spoke about the cage controversy currently embroiling the Canadian lacrosse community. Jenner says producers told him his rant (what they call each candidate’s audition piece) was well articulated and well done, but they were worried it would limit his appeal to a broader audience.
Jenner’s response? No problem, I can talk about anything. So he went back in and did another rant about the Vancouver Canucks and whether they are built for post-season success. (Spoiler alert—he says no). That did the trick and now he’s among the finalists. READ MORE »
Things seem all back to normal in the BC Jr A Lacrosse League as the eight teams steam towards the postseason. As we have become so accustomed to in years past, the Coquitlam Adanacs and New Westminster Salmonbellies are 1-2 respectively and setting the mark for other teams to come and get them.
While teams like Victoria, Delta and Langley continue to contend, the top two teams in the province continue to show they are the class of the league, pulling to the head of the pack. It could be largely in part to them finally getting to full accompaniment as all players have returned from their duties south of the boarder and with them comes a little extra firepower and some added defensive efforts. READ MORE »
It might be time for everyone to start paying attention to the races in the WLA this year cause it’s an incredible battle. No team has yet to take a strangle hold on the standings and every game is up for grabs as we continue to see teams carousel their victories. Fantastic match-up Friday night as the Shamrocks host the Burrards in the game of the week and if it is anything like the last time these two played it will be a frantic back and forth game that will have the Bear Mountain crowd on edge the entire game.
We’re still awaiting the WLA debut of Ben MacIntosh with the Burrards and that can only mean good things for that franchise as they look to continue flexing their muscle as a top team in the entire country. READ MORE »
The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) Box Sector, comprising representatives from all Member Associations and Associate Member Associations and the CLA Board of Directors, which is composed of a director from each Member Association and the CLA Executive, convened over the past two days at the Semi-Annual General Meeting (SAGM) to discuss concerns made by some members about the safety of CSA approved masks used in the Junior and Senior divisions. After hearing the positions and concerns of all Member Associations and Associate Member Associations, an amendment to CLA Policy 12.4.2 has been passed. READ MORE »
As members of the Canadian Lacrosse Association continue to meet in Manitoba, associations across Canada are starting to take matters into their own hands to ensure their players’ safety and the Albertans are leading the way. In a memo obtained by IL Indoor, the Alberta Lacrosse Association has voted to institue a waiver that would allow players at both the Junior and Senior levels to go back to wearing their old face masks and not wear the newly mandated Gait or OTNY masks that so many players are concerned about. READ MORE »