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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 »


Colorado Mammoth could be closing in on new coaching staff

Sources have told IL Indoor that Chris Gill, along with Dan Stroup and Pat Coyle, will be returning to the Mammoth as coaches. (Photo: Michael Martin)
Sources have told IL Indoor that Chris Gill, along with Dan Stroup and Pat Coyle, will be returning to the Mammoth as coaches. (Photo: Michael Martin)

Earlier today, Colorado Mammoth General Manager Steve Govett announced that the organization was relieving the entire coaching staff of its duties after the team ‘didn’t meet expectations.’ Bob Hamley had been behind the Mammoth bench for the past five season with Eddie Comeau and Sean Ferris along for four of those years. But in all sports and in this case as noted by Govett, “change was necessary.”

What that change would be, why the change was made now and who would be taking over have been a source of speculation all day long. Well, the latter part of that equation could be announced as early as tomorrow. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast: The National Indoor Field Lacrosse League is coming

Forever and a day, the 49th parallel had been the great divide between the two great forms of this game we love. Canadians focusing on the indoor version while the Americans have continued to grow the outdoor game respectively. But over the years, the games have migrated and we’ve seen many many many indoor leagues kick off in the US showing that the game has some serious legs down south. Sure many of those league’s have come and gone but it hasn’t been for a lack of trying. READ MORE »


Roughnecks move Scott Ranger to practice roster, activate goalie Peter Dubenski

Scott Ranger
Scott Ranger

The Calgary Roughnecks have moved veteran forward Scott Ranger to the practice roster today in a move that surprised many outside the organization. Posted late this afternoon, the Roughnecks announced that the 10-year National Lacrosse League sniper would be taken off the active roster due to a work commitments back in his hometown of Nanaimo, B.C. Working as a teacher between NLL games, Ranger would be unable to make a full commitment to the Roughnecks in the month of February, which caused GM Mike Board to make the roster shuffle. Ranger missed the opening game of the year as well as training camp due to injuries suffered while playing for the Victoria Shamrocks during the Western Lacrosse Association season. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast: Rush owner Bruce Urban has seen lots of downs, is 2014 the year of ups?

The Rush have plenty to celebrate early in this 2014 National Lacrosse League season. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
The Rush have plenty to celebrate early in this 2014 National Lacrosse League season. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)

When Bruce Urban brought professional lacrosse to the City of Champions, he never thought it would be 9 years until his team would be able to sting 3 wins together to start a season. Even moreso, he never thought it would take this long for the city of Edmonton to jump on the Rush wagon. Rome wasn’t built in a day and through all the trials and tribulations, including an 1-15 freshman season, the Edmonton Rush are finally starting to see their dedication pay off and the results will hopefully be the team’s first ever home playoff game and a National Lacrosse League Champion’s Cup title. Urban continues to try to bring in new fans that may not be aware of what professional lacrosse is with celebrites such as Georges St. Pierre, Brooke Burke, The Trailer Park Boys and Dennis Rodman (who oddly enough likes to party into the wee hours), in hopes that those fans will see something they like in the NLL. Well, finally, the Rush are a wining team and with signs finally pointing up, Urban is excited for 2014. Owner and international man of fashion Urban joins this week’s Off the Crossebar Podcast. READ MORE »


OTCB: Vancouver Stealth GM Doug Locker can’t wait for Saturday night; plus Beers, Benesch and Tuts stop by on the radio show

Vancouver GM Doug Locker is excited for a new era in Stealth lacrosse. (Photo: Cory Shannon)
Vancouver GM Doug Locker is excited for a new era in Stealth lacrosse. (Photo: Cory Shannon)

When the Vancouver Stealth take to the Langley Events Centre floor Saturday night against the Minnesota Swarm things will look quite different on many levels but for GM Doug Locker, he welcomes the change with open arms. Having been with the club since its days in San Jose, Locker has watched an organization gain momentum, falter then rise again like the Phoenix; this time though, he, as well as many in the lacrosse world, hope the Stealth never have to change area codes again. READ MORE »


Edmonton Rush hope hot start and better home play will lead to franchise best year

Edmonton is counting on more from Jarrett Davis from the right side this winter. (Photo: Cristian Anderson)
Edmonton is counting on more from Jarrett Davis from the right side this winter. (Photo: Cristian Anderson)

Over the past three National Lacrosse League seasons, the Edmonton Rush has opened by going 1-4, 1-4 and 0-5. That’s not exactly helping a team looking for its first NLL title let alone its first ever home playoff game win over many fans.  In 2014, GM and head coach Derek Keenan is looking to buck that trend and has high hopes for the Rush. However, there are two issues that will need to be addressed on the offence, which has at times failed them. Ryan Ward went unsigned and has landed in Philadelphia while Corey Small will miss the year with an ACL injury suffered in the Western Lacrosse Association finals while playing for the Victoria Shamrocks. Last year the Rush were the third-highest scoring team in the league with Ward and Small contributing 25% of goal production. Keenan isn’t all that concerned though, as he feels the team has all the pieces in place to be better than last year and says that if the guys buy into the system early and often this could be a very special year in northern Alberta. READ MORE »


Are Americans opting out of NLL season to protect health for 2014 world games?

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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 »


UFA Ryan Ward signs in Philadelphia

Ryan Ward's accurate shot will be part of the offense in Philadelphia this winter. (Photo: Perry Nelson)
Ryan Ward's accurate shot will be part of the offense in Philadelphia this winter. (Photo: Perry Nelson)

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 »


GM Steve Govett and Colorado Mammoth are looking for big success in 2014


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 »