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.
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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 »
The Chicago Cloverz were thisclose to defending their Fann Cup title, but it wasn’t to be. It was a robust scene at the Sports Garden in Rochester on Saturday, where 10 teams got together to play the annual tournament. And the Cloverz were well on their way to defending their title, winning their first 3 games by a combined 36-21 before settling for a 1-1 tie with the Rochester Krewhawks. The Cloverz met those same Krewhawks in the semifinals and it was the Rochester team emerging with a 4-3 win, setting up a hometown team for the title, right? Wrong, said the Toronto Roadies. The Roadies won their semifinal over the Rochester Krewhawks white team on penalty shots, then dropped the black team, 8-6, for the championship. READ MORE »
For so many years, Ian McGough of Kitchener pushed lacrosse players. Pushed them to be better, many times to the point of frustration. But the bottom line was improvement and there’s no denying he did that for scores of young lacrosse players throughout Ontario. The lacrosse world lost a tough and competitive leader when McGough died at the age of 52 earlier this week. “Ian was one of those personalities you either loved or you hated. I happened to love the guy like a brother,” said Kitchener’s Steve Dietrich, GM of the Buffalo Bandits, told The Record. “I wouldn’t have had a pro career if not for Ian, and I can honestly say I’m a better person for having known him.” McGough was a fixture in the Kitchener lacrosse scene, working at nearly every level of the game. Colin Doyle of the Toronto Rock played on 5 minor teams and in Junior A for McGough and admits they didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but that’s not important. “Ian knows the values he’s instilled into all the players he coached. He’ll take that with him. And that’s what it’s all about.” A service will take place Monday at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street in Kitchener at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow.
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 »
The next wave of professional lacrosse superstars has developed an academy to create future generations of Canadian lacrosse players. Next Level Lacrosse Academy, sponsored by Team 22, was founded to provide a high-intensity training camp to refine skills and educate players on what it takes to excel at the NCAA level.
“Our program spawned from our love of the game and our unique journeys from high school and prep school to NCAA lacrosse at the Division I level,” said Director Adam Gardner. “Our training camps are for the elite player who has already committed to an NCAA program or has aspirations to play NCAA lacrosse.”
Next Level Lacrosse Academy will offer two camps this summer in Scarborough, Ontario. With the backing of Team 22, the first Next Level Lacrosse Academy is set for Friday, June 28th at L’amoreaux Sports Complex Field 5, which is located at Mary Ward High School (3200 Kennedy Rd at McNicoll). The second Next Level Lacrosse Academy is set for Wednesday, July 17th to Thursday, July 18th at the L’amoreaux Sports Complex Field. The cost is $160 per day. 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 »
Just a couple of days ago we told you about the brand spanking new Finnish Box Lacrosse League. Now, there’s more news out of Europe. Canadian ex-pat Jamie Plunkett is involved in the genesis of another league, this time in his adopted home country of Germany, where he’s been instrumental in the development of the Deutschland Adler Lacrosse Club. The Adler web site has announced the creation of the Deutsche Indoor Lacrosse Liga. The new league will run during the summer months of July and August, with a couple of league game days and then a championship tournament. The Adler release mentions four teams that have already expressed interest in playing and the league welcomes more. And don’t panic if you get to the site and see German; just scroll halfway down the page for the English version of the announcement.
Three years ago, Kyle Clancy scored 21 points in 6 games in his rookie year with the Buffalo Bandits. That summer he was the Peterborough Lakers rookie of the year and third leading scorer and he won a Mann Cup with the team.
Two years ago, Clancy stepped in when John Tavares was unable to start a game in the National Lacrosse League playoffs and scored 4 goals and an assist. He followed that up with a solid and reasonably productive summer with the Lakers, notching 13 goals and 23 assists in 16 games.
Last year, he was out of lacrosse with a chipped vertebrae in his neck after rolling his vehicle in bad weather. So getting back on a lacrosse floor is a big step for Clancy, and he’s enjoying his return to the game. For now, that is happening with the Norwood James Gang of the Ontario Senior B league. He has scored 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points, helping the James Gang to a perfect 3-0 start to their season. READ MORE »
The Victoria Shamrocks are very pleased to announce the return of Rhys Duch for the 2013 Western Lacrosse Association season. The 26 year-old Victoria native is coming off a career year in the National Lacrosse League in which he earned All-Pro First Team honours after scoring in every game to lead the NLL with 45 goals, finishing third in leagues scoring with 96 points and leading his Washington Stealth team to the championship final. In his previous four seasons with the Shamrocks between 2008 and 2011, Duch appeared in 76 regular season and playoff games in which he scored 152 goals and added 171 assists for 323 points. He is a three-time WLA all-star including two First Team honours in 2010 and 2011. Last summer he played for the Six Nations Chiefs in Ontario. READ MORE »