New NLL Commish Wants to Expand the League to 16 Teams

January 11, 2016

New NLL Commisioner Nick Sakiewicz addressed the media for the first time on Thursday and announced his goal to have the league expand to 16 teams at some point in the future. The National Lacrosse League is the third-highest attended arena sport in North America, according to Sakiewicz. The challenge then will be bringing in new teams that can draw similar or better crowds while maintaining the fan base in current locations….


Defending Champion Rush Take Season Opener 10-8 Over Roughnecks

January 3, 2016

  The Saskatchewan Rush spoiled the Calgary Roughnecks’ home opener on Saturday night, taking a 10-8, come-from-behind victory in front of a crowd of 11,977 fans. The new-look Roughnecks got off to a quick start when defenseman Dan McRae picked up a goal on transition following a forced turnover just 1:21 into the game. And that was the story for much of the first quarter—Calgary’s defense was able to intercept…


Swarm and Mammoth Square Off to Open 2016 NLL Season

January 1, 2016

The Colorado Mammoth host the Georgia Swarm tonight at 7:30 p.m. MT to kick off the 2016 NLL season. Both teams made some changes during the offseason, so it will be interesting to see how things play out. The Mammoth’s two biggest offseason acquisitions came from the Swarm. Star forward Callum Crawford adds depth and experience to an already-strong offensive unit that includes 90-point men John Grant Jr. and Adam…


2016 NLL Season Preview: Colorado Mammoth

December 28, 2015

2015 Record: 9-9 (second in West Division/lost in first round of West playoffs) Team Acquisitions:  (F) Callum Crawford (F) Jackson Decker (D) Greg Downing (D) Ilija Gajic (D) Jordan Gilles (D) Josh Sullivan (D) Bryce Sweeting (F) Chris Wardle Team Losses: (D) Dan Ball (D) Tyler Codron (IR) (F) Cam Flint (PUP) (D) John Gallant (retired) (D) Ian Hawksbee (D) Colton Porter (D) Bob Snider (F) Alex Turner (F) Drew…


Can Mike Poulin Regain the Starter’s Job in Calgary?

December 5, 2015

The Goaltender of the Year award in the NLL has been won by Matt Vinc five times in the last six years. The only exception was in 2012 when Mike Poulin of the Calgary Roughnecks took home the trophy. But whereas Vinc was named the best-of-the-best again in 2015, Poulin lost his starting job just a couple weeks into the season due to poor performance. Frankie Scigliano performed admirably in…


NLL Pre Season Previews: Colorado Mammoth

November 13, 2015

As the Colorado Mammoth get set for the 2016 season, their focus will be building upon the success they had in the second half of the 2015 season, going 6-3 in their last nine to improve to a 9-9 overall record and second place in the NLL West Division. The Mammoth weren’t able to do much building via this year’s draft—they took only three players and didn’t start selecting until…


Departure of Evans Puts Roughnecks in Full Rebuilding Mode

October 30, 2015

  Following a busy week of trades in the NLL, the Calgary Roughnecks have traded reigning league MVP Shawn Evans to the New England Black Wolves for up-and-coming forward Tyler Digby. As a result of this move, the Roughnecks are now in full-blown rebuilding mode, with the chances of them continuing their unbroken string of playoff appearances diminishing steadily. Evans just came off the best offensive season in NLL history,…


Andrew McBride’s Retirement Leaves a Big Leadership Hole on Roughnecks

October 23, 2015

  Earlier this week, Andrew McBride announced his retirement from the Calgary Roughnecks, wrapping up his 13-year NLL career, all with Calgary. McBride ends his career as the Roughnecks all-time leader in games played (189) and penalty minutes (341), with the third-most loose balls (630) and third-most forced turnovers (63). A second-round draft pick in 2002 was on the team for both of their Champion’s Cup wins (2004 and 2009)…


Impacful NLL Prospects: Wes Berg, Roughnecks

October 6, 2015

  With their first pick in last week’s NLL draft, the fourth pick overall, the Calgary Roughnecks selected forward Wes Berg. Berg graduated from the University of Denver Pioneers last spring as their all-time leading scorer, with 188 goals and 255 total points. Along the way he led them to an NCAA championship while also winning the tournament’s most outstanding player award. Over the summer, he amassed 12 points in seven…


2015 NLL Draft Review: Calgary Roughnecks

October 3, 2015

The Calgary Roughnecks added nine players to their roster on Monday night at the NLL Draft, including six in the first three rounds. As a result, the Roughnecks now have a ton of talented youth to work with. Prior to the 2015 season, rightie forward Scott Ranger retired, taking 50-60 points per season with him. Although it looked like the Roughnecks had enough firepower to make up for that loss,…