NLL Prospect Profile: Sheldon Burns

November 3, 2014

Photo credit: Ryan Pfeiffer/Metroland Although he may have had to wait longer than expected, Sheldon Burns was just happy to be selected in the NLL draft. “It’s going to sound cliche, but it’s truly a dream come true,” said the 22nd overall pick of the New England Blackwolves. “I grew up wanting to play in the highest level I can and to be apart of this and a new organization…

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Kyle Buchanan: Is 2015 His Year?

October 30, 2014

Kyle Buchanan was played 9 games his rookie season for the Stealth in 2013.  Kyle scored 4 G/18A in only 9 games.  Last season Buchanan played with the Philadelphia Wings and had an outstanding season registering 23 goals and 46 assists in 18 games. Buchanan played along side of Kevin Crowley, Tracey Kelusky, and Garrett Thul and Jordan Hall (traded to Rochester) just to name a few.  Now the question…

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Prospecting 2014: Top NLL Transition Players

October 28, 2014

Transition is an interesting position in the NLL.  Every team approaches it differently as some make them glorified defenders or just forwards that won’t get yelled at if they are stuck in the back end of the floor.  Others such as Minnesota and Buffalo make them a large part of how they want to act as a team by causing turnovers, pushing the ball up the floor and creating mismatches…

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Reflecting on the Career of Tracey Kelusky

October 24, 2014

On September 19, one of lacrosse’s greatest players announced he was retiring. Tracey Kelusky has accepted a position as defensive coordinator with the migrated New England Black Wolves (formerly Philadelphia Wings, where Kelusky rejuvenated his career in 2014 after some quieter years with Buffalo), thus ending a spectacular 14 year NLL career in which he racked up an awe inspiring 823 points in 195 games. He also amassed 499 points…

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Rookie Profile: Mark Cockerton

October 24, 2014

If the NLL draft was based on talent and talent alone Mark Cockerton would have been the first overall pick in the draft. Edmonton Rush Head Coach Derek Keenan was quoted in saying “He’s the most talented player available in the draft” and he would know having coached Cockerton to a 2011 Minto Cup Championship with the Whitby Warriors. Cockerton is such a dynamic player, he’s got elite level speed,…

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Bandits Match New England Offer for Petkoff

October 20, 2014

The Buffalo Bandits have matched the New England Black Wolves’ offer sheet to restricted free agent defenseman Drew Petkoff for a one-year contract for the 2015 National Lacrosse League season. Buffalo had 72 hours to match New England’s offer for the defender who possesses a scoring touch. Petkoff spent his first four seasons with the Toronto Rock before joining the Bandits where he was inactive for the 2013 season and…

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Ty Thompson Will be Impactful for Black Wolves

October 15, 2014

Ty Thompson is one of the main reasons the Thompson name is huge in the world of lacrosse. Ty grew up playing lacrosse on the Akwesanse Reservation. He grew up playing Junior B and A lacrosse for the Akwesasnse Indians helping lead the Jr. B team to the Founders Cup championship game in 2012. Also in the summer of 2012 Ty suited up for the Toronto Beaches to finish out his…

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Evan Kirk Signs Three Year Deal with New England

October 11, 2014

The New England Black Wolves have signed their own free agent goalie Evan Kirk to a three-year deal to stay with the team. Kirk, whom the Philadelphia Wings had acquired from the Minnesota Swarm before last season, had been an RFA. Philadelphia moved to Connecticut this offseason where they will be known as the New England Black Wolves and that will be Kirk’s new team. Last season Kirk finished on…

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New England Blackwolves Look for Youth and Drive in McNamara

October 3, 2014

Mike McNamara was traded during the NLL draft from Colorado Mammoth to the New England Black Wolves for the 17 overall pick.  With this trade New England got great value picking up a veteran defender who is coming off his second straight summer winning a Mann Cup with the Six Nation Chiefs. Growing up in Hamilton Ontario, which has a good number of players in the NLL, Mike has been…

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