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New Westminster Salmonbellies set to host Cops for Cancer III on March 14 at QPA

It’s become an annual event, and the New Westminster Salmonbellies have unveiled details for this year’s Cops for Cancer III Charity Hockey Game. Scheduled for March 14 at Queens Park Arena at 7 p.m., this year’s game features the Vancouver Canucks alumni against a combined squad of New Westminster police and Salmonbellies. The combined squad will have a guest coach in Ernie “Punch” McLean, former coach of the New Westminser Bruins. Some of the Canucks alumni scheduled to skate for the Vancouver team include Kirk McLean, Cliff Roning, Dave Babych, Garth Butcher, Gary Val and Orland Kurtenbach. Tickets for the March 14 game are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $15 for a family 4. Tickets can be purchased at QPA, and 100% of the proceeds go toward the Canucks Foundation, Cops for Cancer and the Salmonbellies Scholarship Program. In addition to the game, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and beer gardens will help raise funds. To see the official poster for the event, click on the Read More tag. READ MORE »


New West bolsters left side through draft

Sean Lundstrom
Sean Lundstrom

There were more than a few surprises for the New Westminster Salmonbellies at last week’s Western Lacrosse League draft, and for the most part, they were pleasant surprises. Brushing aside popular thought that they’d take a goalie in the draft after trading away Tyler Richards recently, the Salmonbellies focused on the left side of their offense and used their first pick (No. 2 overall) on Reid Reinholdt. They then used their pick in the second round on Sean Lundstrom, giving their offense players who combined for 135 Junior A points last summer. “We got the two best lefties outside of Jesse King and Brody Eastwood and they’re both excited about playing here,” New West GM Dan Richardson told the Royal City Record. So in addition to bolstering that side of the offense, the Salmonbellies showed they have plenty of faith in goalie Neil Tyacke. “We’re going to ride with Neal (Tyacke) and address our biggest needs for offensive lefties to play with Logan (Schuss),” said Richardson. New Westminster opens its 2014 season on May 22 at home against Langley.


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 »


‘Salmonbellies vs. The World’ chronicles history of New Westminster lacrosse

Love ‘em or not, you have to acknowledge the history of the New Westminster Salmonbellies. They’ve been around since 1889 and if you’re a lacrosse fan and history buff, you’ve got 1 more item to add to your Christmas list: Salmonbellies vs. The World, a book by W.B. MacDonald that chronicles the storied franchise with stories and illustrations. You’ll find everything you’d expect to find in a history book, along with anecdotes like the one on Jack Bionda: “Heading into the semi-finals against the Shamrocks, Victoria’s program opined that Bionda ‘Couldn’t check his own mother.’ ‘Oh, I don’t know,’ retorted Bionda, ‘Mom hasn’t scored on me yet.’ ” You can purchase the book by going to the Caitlin Press website or the Salmonbellies’ website.


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 »


Former Salmonbellies great Larry Henry set to join Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Larry Henry is in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a member of the 1968-1972 New Westminster Salmonbellies team that was inducted on 2004. On Nov. 9, he gets a solo plaque. The diminutive but high-powered forward won 4 Mann Cups and 1 Minto Cup with New Westminster and finished his 11-year senior career with 607 points (313-294). He didn’t start playing until age 14, but a brother who took an interest in the game was his influence. “I was fast,” he said with a laugh to the Delta-Optimist. “And when I wasn’t using my speed I used the other tricks in the trade to get myself open or to the net.” If the name sounds familiar, it’s for a good reason. His 2 nephews — Gord Henry Jr. and Steve — were standout players for the Delta Islanders and Gord’s son, Mike Henry, is current captain of the Islanders. Larry Henry joins a class of 11 people and 1 team for the Class of 2013, which will be inducted next month at a ceremony in Burnaby.


New Westminster says trading Alex, Ilija Gajic was ‘a very hard decision to make’

Ilija Gajic made 3 trips to the Mann Cup with New West, but he'll play for Burnaby next summer. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Ilija Gajic made 3 trips to the Mann Cup with New West, but he'll play for Burnaby next summer. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

It started in 2007 for Ilija and 2010 for Alex. But for these 2 Gajic brothers, their time with the New Westminster Salmonbellies ended this week with Thursday’s announcement that the ‘Bellies traded the brothers to the Burnaby Lakers. The ‘Bellies get Colton Clark and a second-round pick in next year’s Western Lacrosse Association draft, but they’re also getting the stomachache that comes with balancing what’s best for the team and what’s best for the players who have done so much for that team. “The guys in the room had ample chance the past three or four years,” New West GM Dan Richardson told The Province. “They didn’t get it done. We needed to change the make-up in the room. It was a very, very hard decision to make. We just have to change the ways we are doing things. It’s nothing against Ilija or Alex. They’re great players, great people, they come from a great family. This is business.” READ MORE »


WLA trade: Ilija and Alex Gajic head to Burnaby; Colton Clark to New Westminster

Ilija Gajic
Ilija Gajic

It’s the end of an era for the New Westminster Salmonbellies. The Bellies have traded away Ilija and Alex Gajic, marking a major break with the roster that had helped them to three straight Western Lacrosse Association titles from 2008-2010. The Bellies, though, have missed the playoffs the last two years and obviously felt it was time for some change. The Gajics, along with New West’s third-round pick, 16th overall, in the 2014 WLA Draft, are headed to the Burnaby Lakers. In return, the Lakers send New Westminster righty forward Colton Clark and their second-round pick, 12th overall, in the 2014 draft.

Clark, 24, was fourth on the Lakers in scoring in 2013 with 13 goals and 24 assists for 37 points in 17 games. Over three WLA seasons, his numbers are 49/82/131 in 47 games. READ MORE »


New Westminster feeling the urgency as it makes late push for final WLA playoff spot

Goalie Neil Tyacke and the Salmonbellies have their work cut out if they want to make playoffs. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Goalie Neil Tyacke and the Salmonbellies have their work cut out if they want to make playoffs. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

It all starts now for the New Westminster Salmonbellies. They have 2 Western Lacrosse Association games left in their regular season and if they want to avoid missing the WLA playoffs for a second straight summer, they need wins. Tonight, the ‘Bellies are at the first-place Langley Thunder. Tomorrow, they’re home to Coquitlam. New West has 13 points to put it in sixth place, but that’s just 2 points shy of Coquitlam (15 points), which currently sits in fourth. That’s the playoff cutoff, so if New West is to make a push for that spot, the winning has to start soon and the ‘Bellies get that chance tonight. “We’re going into every game one game at a time,” foward Logan Schuss told The Royal City Record. “We just have to accept it as it comes. We’re preparing very hard — mentally and physically — for these games.”


Last night: Shamrocks are headed to WLA playoffs, Lakers probably are too


The playoff picture in the Western Lacrosse Association greatly solidified Friday night as the Victoria Shamrocks clinched a spot and the Burnaby Lakers virtually assured themselves of making the postseason, albeit it very different fashions over a pair of teams fighting for the last spot. The Shamrocks dumped the New Westminster Salmonbellies 15-6 to leave the Bellies in fifth spot, one point behind the Maple Ridge Burrards. The Burrards scored 3 goals in the last minute of their game in Burnaby but it wasn’t quite enough as the Lakers held on for a 10-9 win.

Victoria now sits in second place with 20 points, two behind Langley, while the Lakers have 18. Burnaby’s win gives them the head-to-head tiebreaker over Maple Ridge, who is in fourth place with 14 points and two games remaining. The one wrinkle that makes things a little unclear is that Coquitlam has 11 points with four games remaining and could theoretically create a three-way tie for fourth. That scenario would take a highly unlikely series of events to unfold but is still possible. READ MORE »