What The Black Wolves Need To Do To Become Contenders

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July 23, 2015

The New England Black Wolves finished the 2015 campaign with a league-worst 4-14 record. They won their first two games, meaning they went a horrible 2-14 after the quick start. Their last win of the season came on Apr 4 when they squeaked past the Buffalo Bandits 12-11 and then they wrapped up the season with six straight losses. Needless to say, the team has some things to work on…

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Is Mark Matthews the Next John Grant Jr.?

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July 17, 2015

Mark Matthews tore it up in the NLL in 2015, setting the Edmonton Rush franchise record for points in a season (115) while leading the team to their first-ever Champion’s Cup. The former first-overall pick for the Rush has lived up to the advanced hype and then some, drawing comparisons to other similar stars, such as the Colorado Mammoth’s John Grant Jr. But is Matthews really the next Grant Jr.?…

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NLL 2015 Les Bartley Award Candidates

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July 5, 2015

The nominees for the NLL Head Coach of the Year Award—also known as the Les Bartley Award—have been announced and now it’s a matter of waiting until September to see who the winner is. The nominees for 2015 are Mike Hasen of the Rochester Knighthawks, Derek Keenan of the Edmonton Rush, and John Lovell of the Toronto Rock. Lovell and Keenan faced each other in the Champion’s Cup this year,…

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NLL Rookie of the Year Candidates: Who Will They Be?

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June 23, 2015

Although the Rookie of the Year nominees won’t be revealed until tomorrow, we can still take an educated guess at to who the candidates will be. Third pick overall Miles Thompson had a great rookie season for the Minnesota Swarm with 27 goals and 62 points. Thompson was second on the Swarm in both categories and 28th overall in the NLL. His strong rookie campaign bodes well for his ability…

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NLL Goaltender of the Year Candidates

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June 21, 2015

As the offseason continues, the NLL is continuing to release the candidates for the league’s various top honours. On Thursday the Goaltender of the Year nominees were revealed. For the second year in a row, Aaron Bold of the Edmonton Rush was nominated. For the second straight year, Bold led the league in goals against average, at 9.44, and wins, with 12. Brandon Miller of the Toronto Rock was nominated…

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NLL Off Season Plan: Calgary Roughnecks

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June 17, 2015

In spite of a challenging regular season in which they just barely squeaked into the playoffs, the Calgary Roughnecks were leading the tie-breaker of the West Division Final with less than seven minutes remaining on the clock. The Edmonton Rush would go on to win the tie-breaker 4-1 and then sweep the Champion’s Cup. All things considered it was a bittersweet ending that still has to be considered a success, but…

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2015 NLL MVP Watch: Matthews, Evans, Benesch

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June 15, 2015

With the NLL season now in the record books, thoughts now turn to awards season. Although there is likely one clear leader for the Most Valuable Player award, there are some other worthy candidates to consider as well. Mark Matthews—Edmonton Rush Matthews was a beast for the Rush in 2015, leading them to the best record in the West Division during the regular season and then helping the Rush earn…

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Matthew Dinsdale’s Impact on the Rush

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June 9, 2015

  Matthew Dinsdale was acquired by the Edmonton Rush from their arch-rivals, the Calgary Roughnecks, at the trade deadline in exchange for a third round draft pick later this year. Little did either team know that Dinsdale would go on to score the Champion’s Cup winning goal in Game 2 of the finals, sealing the Rush’s first ever title. That goal capped what turned out to be the best season…

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2015 NLL Season in Review

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June 8, 2015

  The Edmonton Rush won the Champion’s Cup this weekend, their first title in their 10-year history. And so ends the 2015 NLL season. So let’s now have a look back at the season that was, and some of the highlights along the way. The season got off to an unexpected start in the first two weeks of the schedule when the three-time defending champion Rochester Knighthawks lost two straight,…

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NLL Champion’s Cup Game Two: What to Watch

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June 4, 2015

Following a decisive 15-9 win over the Toronto Rock in Game 1 of the Champion’s Cup, the Edmonton Rush return home to host the second contest of the best-of-three series. The Rock took a quick 2-0 in Game 1, but the Rush responded by scoring the next six goals and they never looked back, holding at least a two-goal lead the rest of the way. The net result is that…

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