Archive for the ‘The Life’ 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 »


OTCB Podcast- Brad MacArthur trying to wear as many hats as possible

Brad MacArthur behind the bench of the Clarington Green Gaels.
Brad MacArthur behind the bench of the Clarington Green Gaels.

We’ve spoken lately to a few lacrosse people who aren’t happy with just one job and they try to fill their lives with as much stress and duties as possible. There was Dane Stevens who’s a forward for the Minnesota Swarm and Burnaby Lakers, a rock star and jeweller. Then there was Quint Kessenich who’s not only a mainstay broadcaster for NCAA/MLL lacrosse but also an NCAA college football/basketball analyst and an avid horse racing enthusiast. Just goes to show that lacrosse people aren’t one trick ponies.

Well, Brad MacArthur may not know how to slap the bass or report from the paddocks at the Kentucky Derby but the man can sure coach lacrosse and he’s starting to get this just due. Earlier this week he was named as the latest head coach of the Barrie Blizzard, stemming off the his recent naming as head coach of the Clarington Green Gales but maybe most surprisingly, taking on the role with Team Israel for the upcoming 2015 World Indoor Championships.

A seven year NLL veteran, MacArthur has been coached by some of the sport’s best and learned many of their trick of the trade, now he’s taking his passion for playing the game and translating it to the coaching realm. This week on the Off the Crossebar Podcast we go one on one with the man of man hats, Brad MacArthur READ MORE »


Teddy Jenner’s OTCB podcast with the voice of voices, Quint Kessenich

Quint Kessenich (Photo: ESPN)
Quint Kessenich (Photo: ESPN)

If you’ve ever watched an NCAA college lacrosse game on TV or the internet you’ve heard Quint Kessenich’s voice, critiquing the play on the field with an expertly precise fine-tooth comb. It comes naturally to the former 2x NCAA goalie of the year, who’s built up quite the resume for himself since stepping out of the cage and behind the microphone.

While he only had a cup of coffee playing professional indoor lacrosse back in 1999 with the Baltimore Thunder, Kessenich wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world. In a tweet posted moments after our chat, the former MILL forward said, ‘’to scrap for a ground ball against Jim Veltman in the Maple Leaf Gardens… that’s what you live for.” Who ever thought we’d hear that from a former field goalie who was originally drafted as a goalie. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast: Wings great Jake Bergey finally gets his time in the spotlight

Jake Bergey ranks as the third-highest American scorer in NLL history. (Photo: Len Redkoles)
Jake Bergey ranks as the third-highest American scorer in NLL history. (Photo: Len Redkoles)

I’ve told this story a few times so bare with me; a while back I posted a tweet where I said that Casey Powell was one of the greatest Americans to ever play indoors. In retrospect, I should have said he IS the greatest American to ever play indoors but it was Phil Sanderson’s tweet that made it even more impactful. Powell is absolutely one of the best players to ever step foot on the merciless turf of the National Lacrosse League. With that being said, Jake Bergey needs to start being put in that conversation as the Philadelphia Wings get set to retire his No. 66 to the rafters of the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday night. 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 »


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 Podcast with Swarm captain and Team 22 member Andrew Suitor


After a devastating knee injury during a week eight game last year versus the Edmonton Rush, a whole myriad of words and thoughts ran through the young Minnesota Swarm captain’s head. Most were unsafe for young ears while others immediately started to focus on getting back to full health and helping his team.

That’s how unselfish Andrew Suitor is. There he was, sitting in the trainers room with a torn ACL and MCL, learning his fate. That he would be out the reset of the year, that he’d have to face a very common surgery among athletes, then have a long road to recovery, but the most prevalent thought running through his mind was when he could be back on the turf  leading his team.

It wasn’t an easy road to recovery, but it was filled with support from his lacrosse brethren–a very tight inner circle of family–and a drive to be even better than he was before the injury. That’s just how Suits rolls. Always full speed ahead and never alone. This week on the OTCB Podcast we go one-on-one with one of the best two-way players in lacrosse and a very driven young man, Andrew Suitor.

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Off the Crossebar is back: Happy New Year … Thomas Hajek may have the hardest job in the NLL this year but he doesn’t think so

Thomas Hajek
Thomas Hajek

With one week of National Lacrosse League action on the board and 2013 officially now a thing of the past, the Off the Crossebar Podcast is back for another year of eargasms and mind-blowing lacrosse entertainment. Every week we’ll chat up some the game’s biggest, brightest and funniest names (not actual funny names) in the game and try not to go all Oprah on them.

To kick things off we head to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, to chat with second-year Philadelphia Wings defensive coach Thomas Hajek , who’s in charge of organization, teaching and often admiring the Wings’ defensive unit. The two-time NLL defensive all-star is as tough as they come and played a very aggressive and savvy game during his tenure in the league and now has to try to figure out a way to teach a defensive system to a unit made up of all but one Americans.

One-on-one with the man born in Bratislava, Slovakia is up first on this week’s OTCB podcast. READ MORE »


Grateful Dead head as sweet as ‘Sugaree’

The Warrior Evo 4 gets a groovy look. (Photo: ILGear)
The Warrior Evo 4 gets a groovy look. (Photo: ILGear)

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.


Minnesota Swarm continue to help bring lacrosse back to its roots with 4th annual Lax-4-Life camp


The National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm in partnership with the Minnesota Army National Guard and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are proud to present the fourth annual Lax-4-Life Camp, a five-day, four-night lacrosse camp for Native American boys and girls from July 22-26 on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Lax-4-Life is a nationally praised camp that has received recognition from the Obama Administration for its efforts in promoting healthy lifestyle choices for Native American youth.

Supporting partners of the camp include the University of Minnesota, Lax-4-Life co-founder and Minneapolis Police Officer Clint Letch, Lax-4-Life co-founder and Brookston Community Center Manager Bryan Bosto and the Minneapolis Police Department. READ MORE »