NLL: Rock shore up at faceoff in 2020 draft

September 21, 2020

The Toronto Rock entered Thursday night’s draft with the fewest picks of all the teams. Arguably, they had the fewest holes to fill. General Manager Jamie Dawick ended up trading a future pick as the Rock added six young players to their ranks. It was a long wait for the first pick, 30th overall. With it the Rock made a somewhat surprising pick in TD Ierlan from Yale. On the…

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NLL: Swarm clean up with eight picks in 2020 draft

September 20, 2020

The Georgia Swarm had a strong showing during the 2020 NLL Draft, which was held virtually for the first time ever. Georgia picked up eight players – four in the first round alone. In the first round, the Swarm held the sixth, eighth, 10th, and 13th picks. They used those four picks to make some significant splashes and grab talent that will bolster the Swarm’s roster now and in years…

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NLL: Wings stay local in first virtual draft

September 19, 2020

The Philadelphia Wings had eight draft picks in Thursday’s National Lacrosse League draft. Thirty-eight per cent of their picks were from Johns Hopkins as the Wings seem to be banking on local connections to support their fan base. Most of their picks also have a great mix of box and field experience. Their first pick was the 16th selection in the draft, the last pick of the first round. They…

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NLL: Thunderbirds targeted defence at the 2020 draft

September 19, 2020

The Halifax Thunderbirds targeted defence during the 2020 NLL draft. They took a defender in the first and second rounds, and they also acquired Tyson Bell from the Calgary Roughnecks for their 14th and 20th picks. “We were trying to shore up our defence with young talented defenders,” said head coach Mike Accursi. “We did that tonight with Riggs, Bell, Terefenko and Friesen. They are all fantastic young big defenders…

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NLL: Seven players on the move after trades during draft

September 18, 2020

Seven current NLLers have new homes after being traded during Thursday’s NLL draft. First to move was Jeff Wittig, who was sent to the Rochester Knighthawks for the 28th pick in the draft. Witting is a forward who will enter his third year in the league with 13 goals and 16 assists under his belt. Rochester needed to bolster their roster and Witting should start to come into his own…

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NLL: Ninety-three players selected during 2020 draft party

September 18, 2020

It’s finally official – Jeff Teat is a member of the New York Riptide. Jim Veltman made the announcement shortly after 7 p.m. on Thursday night as the NLL hosted its first virtual draft. Ninety-three players were selected over six rounds. Though the NLL doesn’t have a return to play date yet, things are already in motion to prepare for the next season. The draft was the first major step…

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NLL: Wild draft night set for Thursday; who goes after Teat?

September 16, 2020

In a world and time of unknowns, there are three certainties: death, taxes and that Jeff Teat is about to become a first overall pick. Teat’s Brampton Excelsiors Junior A numbers were not only historic, they were the best since the mid-1970s (eight all time in assists, 14th all time in points). He proved quite quickly he can play with men unanimously winning the Major Series Lacrosse Rookie of the…

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ILWT Feature: Orangeville home to the best of the past, present and future generations of lacrosse

August 27, 2020

Orangeville, Ontario is a small town approximately 80 km (that’s 40 miles for our American friends) outside of Toronto. It is not a huge area, home to around 29,000 people. It is a pretty little town similar in many ways to other Canadian towns. Most people outside of the lacrosse world probably wouldn’t give it a second thought; however, lacrosse greats of the past and the present are changing that….

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Press Release: 2020 NLL draft to be held virtually

August 6, 2020

(Philadelphia, August 5, 2020) – The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the longest-running and most successful professional lacrosse league in the world, today announced that the 2020 Entry Draft will be held on September 17th at 7:00 ET.  For the first time in league history, the Entry Draft will be done virtually. Following the recent NFL, MLB, and WNBA Drafts, the NLL is just the fourth professional sports league to produce a…

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Press Release: Challen Rogers signs 7-year contract extension with Rock

July 30, 2020

Oakville, ON – Toronto Rock General Manager Jamie Dawick announced today that Rock captain Challen Rogers has agreed to a 7-year contract extension, the longest in franchise history.  The signing is pending league approval. Prior to the 2018-19 season, Rogers became the youngest captain in Rock franchise history and with the signing of this long-term agreement he has once again made history.  At 26-years old, he’s already the back-to-back NLL…

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