NLL Off Season Recap: Calgary Roughnecks

November 10, 2014

The Calgary Roughnecks continue a busy off season as they look toward the 2015 NLL season. Coming one goal shy of hoisting the Champions Cup they didn’t need a ton of improvement but they have definitely made some big moves to get back to that chance to get the ultimate prize. Offense: The Roughnecks offense last year was extremely potent when firing on all cylinders they were nearly unstoppable. Scoring…


NLL Prospect Profile: Andrew Smistad

November 1, 2014

The Calgary Roughnecks are looking farther in the future and the player they drafted lived in their own backyard. With the 54th overall pick the Roughnecks picked up hometown D-man Andrew Smistad from Marquette University. This player could be the Roughnecks’ diamond in the rough. Andrew grew up in Calgary playing locally for the Calgary “Jr. A” Mountaineers playing in the 2008 Minto Cup with the team before heading off…


Timbermen Add Hickey, Looking to Improve in 2015

October 31, 2014

After struggling for most of the season last year, the Nanaimo Timbermen have done their best to right the ship early in the off season. The T-Men trade their 2015 first round draft pick (First overall) and the playing rights to Kody TeKanawa to the Coquitlam Adanac’s. Going the other way is:   A 2015 first and second round draft picks (2nd & 9th overall) A 2016 third round draft pick…


Rookie Profile: Tyson Roe, Calgary Roughnecks

October 9, 2014

When  the Calgary Roughnecks traded away their seventh overall selection it didn’t seem to hurt their draft quality at all, picking Tyson Roe 16th overall and to say they are happy with their selection is an understatement. The 6’10” and 250 lbs (Yes, you read that right—he’s a big dude) Nanaimo Timbermen product is NLL-ready out the gate and could easily compete for a roster spot in the 2015 season. A product…


Moleski Brings Much Needed Defense to Calgary

September 23, 2014

I wrote an article last week speculating potential draft picks in yesterday’s 2014 NLL Draft on what the Calgary Roughnecks may need to look for in said draft and how the club needed to move forward to the eventual goal of winning the last game that matters being the Champions Cup Final. Going into the draft the Roughnecks held two first round picks (sixth and eighth overall) as well as…


Roughnecks Prepare to Stock Roster With Draft

September 20, 2014

When the Roughnecks open the 2015 season they won’t look very different roster wise with a lot of players already signed to the team for next season but that doesn’t mean they don’t have any holes in their line up to fill. They are without Andrew McBride and Scott Ranger as of now, but that might change. To crack the Roughnecks roster in recent years, junior stars have learned to…


WLA Season Recap: Victoria Shamrocks

September 17, 2014

The Victoria Shamrocks arrived home sunday with another season ending with a bitter taste in their mouth’s after losing in six games to the Mann Cup champion Six Nations Chiefs but really they have nothing to be ashamed about after a hard fought season which saw them repeat as WLA champs. After finishing the season a stellar 14-2-2, the Rocks accomplished everything but the ultimate prize of a national championship…


Chiefs Win 2014 Mann Cup

September 14, 2014

With the Six Nations Chiefs repeating as the Mann Cup champions, the Victoria Shamrocks did everything they could but just couldn’t hold off the depth of the roster the Chiefs came with. Although most people expected this series to only go five games, to win two in enemy territory for the Shamrocks and put a scare in the champs isn’t something to take lightly. As what was the case for…


Mann Cup: Chiefs Pull Out With 3-2 Lead

September 11, 2014

For the first time all series the Victoria Shamrocks opened the scoring but that did little to stop Six Nations on this night as they went on a 4-0 scoring streak the rest of the period to end the first frame up 4-1 in game five of the Mann Cup. Jeff Shattler continued his hot stick for the Chiefs getting 6 points on the night (2G,4A) and Brandon Miller stood…


Will the Roughnecks Regain the Lead in the West Division?

September 9, 2014

With the Calgary Roughnecks finishing second in the west for the first time in three seasons, they look to get back to their winning way’s this January and this is how. Mike Poulin, the undisputed number one goalie. He has his moments where any simple shot seems to go in (but really, which goalie doesn’t) He was acquired in a trade from the now defunct Boston Blazers franchise and has…