ALL: Black Fish goaltender Justin Geddie makes splash with NLL’s Seals

January 16, 2022

It was a whirlwind week for Justin Geddie. On Saturday (January 8), Geddie backstopped the Black Fish Lacrosse Club to their first win of the young Arena Lacrosse League West Division season, making 41 saves and earning first star honours in a 12-8 victory at Langley Events Centre. Less than one week later, the 20-year-old goaltender from Victoria was playing in front of 6,999 fans at Saskatoon’s SaskTel Centre on…

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ALL: Grizzlies defeat Black Fish in inaugural ALL West game

December 14, 2021

Some words of pre-game wisdom – combined with a deadly power play and lights-out goaltending – helped the Grizzlies go into the history books on Saturday night as winners of the inaugural Arena Lacrosse League West Division game. The Grizzlies scored three times with the man advantage while their goaltenders combined to stop 43 of 48 shots in their team’s 13-5 win over the Black Fish as the Arena Lacrosse…

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ALL: West Division completes draft, sets schedule for inaugural season

November 27, 2021

Mark it down for the history books: the first-ever player selected in the Arena Lacrosse League West Division draft was Matteo Tack. The goaltender from Burnaby was chosen by the Sea Spray at Saturday’s ALL West Draft, which was held on Saturday afternoon at Langley Events Centre as the four teams shaped their rosters ahead of the league’s inaugural season in British Columbia. Tack was humbled by his selection. “It…

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ALL: Team names connect to west coast and local Indigenous culture

November 17, 2021

When the time came to choose names for the new teams for the inaugural season of the Arena Lacrosse League’s West Division, the goal was to create names with connections to both the west coast and the area’s Indigenous culture. “It is really about representing the water, land, mountains and sky,” explained Tewanee Joseph, a member of the Squamish Nation who aided in the team-naming process. “And those names are…

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ALL: West Division recruits Ken Buchan, Kevin Hill in leadership roles

October 27, 2021

Two familiar faces in Lower Mainland lacrosse circles will serve in a pair of key roles for the new West Division of the Arena Lacrosse League. Ken Buchan has been appointed Commissioner while Kevin Hill will act in a scouting/management role for the West Division. “The Arena Lacrosse League is excited to add Ken and Kevin in their respective roles. They both have extensive resumes in the sport and will…

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ILWT Feature: Summer vs. winter lacrosse conflict reaching boiling point

November 9, 2020

Last week the National Lacrosse League announced a targeted start date for their 35th season for the weekend of April 9-11, 2021. The official announcement comes after Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz suggested during the Entry Draft that it could be “early 2021” and Swarm GM John Arlotta who speculated in a local radio interview that “March is most likely.” Of course, there are still hurdles to clear before the league can…

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ALL: Arena League experiments with 4-on-4 format

February 6, 2020

The Arena Lacrosse League entered week five with the Whitby Steelhawks still undefeated, but tied for wins atop the standings with the Paris RiverWolves. With a winter storm forecast, a major change on the floor, and the kickoff of the Women’s Division the week would prove to be one to watch. On the men’s side winter weather would ultimately postpone the Saturday night game between the St. Catharines Shockwave and…

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ALL: 2019 award winners announced

July 24, 2019

The Arena Lacrosse League recently handed out their year-end awards including MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, All-Rookie team and All-Star teams. John St. John of the Oshawa Outlaws was named the league’s MVP after winning the scoring race with 79 points that included 29 goals and 50 assists. He earned a practice roster spot with the Colorado Mammoth after the ALL season ended. Also nominated were…

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ALL: Partnership with NLL a success in first season

April 26, 2019

The Arena Lacrosse League grew leaps and bounds this year. Having recently concluded its third season, the Ontario-based indoor league crowned the St. Catharines ShockWave champions after a competitive regular season and playoffs. The ALL struck a partnership with the NLL this season which “included the continuance of player movement between the leagues, placement of game officials, and the development of potential future NLL coaches, management, and players,” according to…

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ALL: St. Catharines ShockWave win ALL Cup

April 18, 2019

Another Arena Lacrosse League season is in the books. The league crowned their third champion in three years this past weekend as the St. Catharines ShockWave took down the Paris RiverWolves 8-6 at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena to win the ALL Cup. The ShockWave were the cream of the crop this season with a 13-1 regular season record. Their only loss was during a brutally shorthanded game vs. the Six…

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