Swarm Face off With Defending Champs in Saskatoon

March 12, 2016

At the midpoint of the 2016 season, the Georgia Swarm and the Saskatchewan Rush will face off this evening in Saskatoon.  Both teams are within reasonable grasp of a conference lead and should be a close matchup with Georgia having more success on the road than they do at home.  Barring a playoff run, these two teams have not met this year, and will not meet again.   For Georgia,…


NLL HOF Candidate: Gavin Prout

July 8, 2015

Gavin Prout was drafted first overall by the New York Saints in 2001. He retired this past January as a member of the Colorado Mammoth. He also played with the Edmonton Rush during his 14 year career.   He attempted a final season with the Rochester Knighthawks but did not make the roster. Prout played in a total of 196 games, winning the Champions Cup with Colorado in 2006. He…


NLL HOF Candidates: Tracey Kelusky

June 28, 2015

Tracey Kelusky was the first overall pick back in 2000, as well as the first overall pick in the 2002 dispersal draft.  He started his career with the Columbus Landsharks and ended with the Philadelphia Wings, spending time with the Montreal Express, Calgary Roughnecks, and Buffalo Bandits during his 14 year span.  Kelusky served as captain for the bulk of his time in Calgary, leading them to two championship titles….


Evaluating the Value of NLL Faceoffs

June 19, 2015

Are faceoffs important in the NLL?  The answer is yes… and no.  Faceoffs determine initial possession of the ball. However, they do nothing to keep possession.   Furthermore, possession does not equate scoring; that is dependent on several factors including accuracy of the shooter and the skill of the goaltender.   The slight increase in possession increases the scoring chances but is no guarantee.  So, where winning the faceoff and the slight…


NLL 2015 Season Recap: Minnesota Swarm

May 6, 2015

For the 2015 NLL season, the Swarm failed to make the playoffs for the second year in a row, posting a 6-12 record. Only Vancouver and New England had worse records. The team could not piece together more than two consecutive wins. The bulk of February and March was spent on a seven game losing streak. In March, Kiel Matisz was lost to injury for three weeks; Callum Crawford missed…


Swarm Eliminated Despite Jackson’s Big Game

April 13, 2015

Shayne Jackson had a five goal, six point effort in Saturday’s loss to the Buffalo Bandits. This set a personal best for Jackson, but with the loss, the Swarm are officially eliminated from playoff contention for the second year in a row. To make Saturday even more costly for the Swarm, they lost Callum Crawford to an upper body injury and Jordan Macintosh to a rolled ankle during the contest….


New Look Black Wolves Take on Swarm

April 3, 2015

The Minnesota Swarm and the New England Black Wolves will face off again on Friday, April 3rd at the Xcel Energy Center.   Both teams are going to be taking on a new look.   Both teams are at the bottom of the east and were the two most active teams on deadline day.   They started out by swapping captains, with Minnesota sending Andrew Suitor to New England for Joel White along…


Suitor Trade Leaves Swarm With Long Term Concerns

March 31, 2015

The Minnesota Swarm traded captain Andrew Suitor for New England Black Wolves captain Joel White.   This trade on paper appears to be an even trade as both players have had similar seasons and the extra 2nd pick is nice, however, it’s going to be a shocker for fans this Friday to see their captains in opposite colors. Via Twiter, Suitor had this to say: Excited to be apart of the…


NLL Season Preview: Minnesota Swarm

January 1, 2015

Following a less than awesome 2014 for the Swarm, they look to move on in the new year with some drastic changes.    2013 saw several rookies take spots on the team and the continued youth movement did not pay off as hoped.   The Swarm went 4-14 last year, tying Vancouver for last place in the league.    So, we only thought things got shook up last year.   This year, it’s been…


Knighthawks Host Swarm At Blue Cross Arena

December 6, 2014

The Minnesota Swarm kicked off their first weekend of training camp this week and will cap it off with a pair of scrimmages.   They face the Rochester Knighthawks tonight at 7 CST and meet the Calgary Roughnecks on Sunday at 11 CST.    They play in New York on Saturday and Ontario on Sunday.  These will be the first opportunities for players to show in game action why they should have…