2015 NLL Draft Review: Big Names Selected in Oakville

September 29, 2015

The Georgia Swarm were the big winners at the 2015 NLL draft held Monday night in Oakville. With four picks in the first round, the Swarm added a multitude of talent to a roster already deep with young, talented players. The Swarm took Lyle Thompson first overall. Lyle will join his brother Miles and is happy to be reunited with former teammates Randy Staats (taken sixth) and Johnny Powless. “I…

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Meet Paul Wade, The Hardest Working Member of Team Canada

September 27, 2015

One of the hardest working members of Team Canada is a man you’ll never see on the floor during a game. He’s too busy behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly: that the players have their clean and correct uniforms; that their sticks are taped just so; that if any problems arise during a game they are fixed quickly. That man is Paul Wade, one of Team Canada’s equipment…

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2015 MSL Season In Review: Chiefs and Lakers Reign Supreme

September 21, 2015

Another summer is in the books and now it’s time to reflect on the season that was. In a six team league, anything can happen. 2015 was a great year for Major Series Lacrosse, with more teams than ever loading up to bolster their rosters and attempt playoff success. Four teams battled for positioning in the bottom four, with the most parity seen maybe ever in the MSL. To nobody’s…

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Mann Cup Diaries: Wrapping Up

September 17, 2015

Well, here I am back home, and reflecting on the past week in Victoria, BC, at the Mann Cup. What an experience. The Victoria Shamrocks reclaimed the Mann Cup for the WLA, the first time since 2005. They did it in probably the hardest fought, closest series there has ever been. My team lost, and that still stings and will for awhile, but I made a lot of good memories…

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Shamrocks Back on Top After Ten Years

September 16, 2015

Ten years later and the Victoria Shamrocks are back on top of the lacrosse world. The WLA champion Shamrocks are now Mann Cup champions after defeating the Peterborough Lakers in six games to win the 2015 title. After losing the cup to the Six Nations Chiefs in 2013 and 2014, it was extra sweet for the Shamrocks to beat the Lakers, the team they defeated in 2005, the last time…

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Corey Small Named Mike Kelly Winner

September 15, 2015

The votes were in Friday night, and Corey Small was chosen as the 2015 Mike Kelly award winner as the Mann Cup MVP. Small led the Shamrocks with 25 points – 10 goals and 15 assists – over six games. While games one and two were quiet, he exploded in game three with five goals and became the centre focus of the Shamrocks offense, finding new and creative ways to…

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Lakers Fall Short in Mann Cup Run

September 14, 2015

The Peterborough Lakers are mad about the way they lost the Mann Cup, and they have every right to be. The Victoria Shamrocks won the 2015 national championship after a 12-6 game six win on Friday night at The Q Centre. They won the series 4-2 to claim their first Mann Cup title since 2005 – also the last time a Western team won it. The MSL won nine consecutive…

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Scott Evans Hits Career Milestone With Lakers

September 10, 2015

Scott Evans of the Peterborough Lakers hit a milestone in his career on Tuesday evening. The journeyman forward and member of the legendary Evans sports family tied Gary Gait for fifth place on the all time Mann Cup points list. Evans and Gait have each recorded 120 points. Gait achieved this in 28 games while Evans scored his in 32. Evans had a chance to break the tie on Wednesday…

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Mann Cup Diaries: Day Six

September 10, 2015

The Trip Today I met a seal, an otter, and a wooly mammoth. Only two of the three were actually alive. Hopefully you guessed correctly which two! We spent the afternoon at Fisherman’s Wharf, which was an amazing place featuring floating businesses and houses, all painted bright colours. We got ice cream from a floating ice cream parlour and watched people feed two harbour seals. One had a bad eye,…

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Mann Cup Diaries: Day Five

September 9, 2015

The Trip We’ve settled into our new hotel nicely. Today we visited the Victoria Butterfly Garden and Butchart Gardens. They were both beautiful spots and I wish we’d had more time at them both. I liked the Butterfly Garden more because of the turtles and flamingoes that roamed around. While the Butchart Gardens were gorgeous, they didn’t have the animals to give them that extra something like the Butterfly Garden….

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