Just a week after naming Dan Dawson, Sandy Chapman and Jordan Hall captains for the red and white, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and Team Canada Lacrosse are pleased to announce the full Team Canada roster for the November 17 international exhibition game against the Iroquois Nationals.
Headlining the roster are names familiar to Canadian lacrosse fans. Stephan LeBlanc, Matt Vinc, Brodie Merrill and Patrick Merrill will all wear the Team Canada jersey once again as Team Canada faces off against FIL World Championship silver medalist, Iroquois Nationals, at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Offensively, Team Canada is a force on the attack with players like Dawson on the right wing, and Stephan LeBlanc on the left. LeBlanc, a member of the 2011 World Championship team, is entering his fifth season with the NLL’s Toronto Rock. Named NLL Rookie of the Year in 2010, LeBlanc brings a solid and physical presence to the floor, scoring 22 or more goals in each of his four seasons in the NLL.
Team Canada is solid between the pipes with the likes of Vinc and Brandon Miller. Both goalies led their teams to the 2013 Mann Cup finals, where goaltending was often the main storyline from each game. Ultimately, Miller’s Six Nations Chiefs claimed the National title over Vinc’s Victoria Shamrocks but both were incredible throughout, making over 330 saves combined throughout the Mann Cup finals.
On the defensive side, the Merrill brothers will make their return to Montreal wearing their familiar Team Canada jerseys for the first time ever in Montreal. Patrick played an exhibition game at the Bell Centre last year with the Toronto Rock when they faced the Rochester Knighthawks, while Brodie has never played a lacrosse game in the prestigious sport venue.
The CLA and Team Canada Lacrosse are excited to bring some of the biggest names in Canadian lacrosse to the fans in Montreal. The game, a rematch of the 2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship final, will be a fast-paced, exciting example of the fastest game on two feet, played by the some of the world’s most skilled athletes.
TEAM CANADA LACROSSE ROSTER
|Number||First Name||Last Name||Position||NLL Team||Summer Team|
|5||Sandy||Chapman A||Defense||Toronto||Brampton (MSL)|
|6||Dan||Dawson C||Offense||Rochester||Brampton (MSL)|
|10||Kevin||Crowley||Offense||Philadelphia||New West (WLA)|
|24||Rory||Smith||Defense||Buffalo||Six Nations (MSL)|
|35||Brandon||Miller||Goalie||Philadelphia||Six Nations (MSL)|
|44||Jordan||Hall A||Transition||Philadelphia||New West (WLA)|
|61||Pat||Merrill||Defense||Toronto||Snake Island (QSLL)|
|71||Brodie||Merrill||Defense||Philadelphia||Snake Island (QSLL)|
“We have what we think is a great combination of guys who played for Team Canada’s gold medal team in Prague – like Dawson, Merrill, and Vinc – plus some younger players who will wear the red and white jersey for the first time when they hit the floor in Montreal” said Team Canada Lacrosse chair, Dean French. “I like the experience and chemistry of Eddie Comeau’s coaching staff and this Montreal game will play a part in determining the players they will be selecting for the 2015 FIL Indoor World Championships,” continued French