Thursday, May 21, 2015

17 players on MSL rosters among 23 named to Canada's team for 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships


Major Series Lacrosse players have provided the vast majority of the players named to Canada's squad that will look to win the country's fourth gold medal in as many World Indoor Lacrosse Championships when the tournament is played this September on the Onondaga Nation in upstate New York.

The Canadian Lacrosse Association released the final roster this week and 17 of the 23 players selected are on MSL rosters.

The finalists from last season lead the way with four players each. The Six Nations Chiefs have goalie Brandon Miller, defenders Billy Dee Smith and Dan Coates and forward Dhane Smith on the national team. The Peterborough Lakers' selected players are goalie Matt Vinc and forwards Shawn Evans, Adam Jones and Curtis Dickson.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jordan MacIntosh for Steve Fryer trade between Oakville and KW

Steve Fryer started last year in Brooklin before being traded
to KW. Now he's off to Oakville for 2015.
(Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Oakville Rock have traded forward/transition player Jordan MacIntosh to the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks for goalie Steve Fryer. KW also receives a 3rd round pick in the 2017 junior draft in the deal.

MacIntosh, 25, played eight games for Oakville in 2014, scoring 8 goals and 14 assists for 22 points. He spent the two previous seasons with the Peterborough Lakers, including helping them to win the 2012 Mann Cup. He started his career as MSL's rookie of the year with the Ajax Rock in 2011, scoring 28 goals and 24 assists for 52 points, after spending his Jr A career with the Burlington Chiefs. MacIntosh plays for the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse in the summer and generally isn't available for a full MSL schedule. He has been named the NLL's transition player of the year the last two seasons.

Fryer, also 25, was voted a second team all-star once each in the Ontario and BC Jr A leagues. He spent a season with the Langley Thunder of the WLA and a season and a half with MSL's Brooklin Redmen before being traded to KW last summer. Fryer is on the Toronto Rock's practice squad, so he continues the trend of Oakville adding Toronto players to their roster.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Excelsiors to play 2015 home games at Memorial Arena

The Brampton Excelsiors are returning to Memorial Arena, effective immediately. The team left its former home at the Powerade Centre with the plan to eventually return to its old stomping grounds at Memorial, but were expecting to have to play games this summer at Century Gardens while renovations at Memorial were completed.

With things proceeding apace, though, the team has announced that Memorial Arena is ready to go and they'll be playing their 2015 home opener there on June 4 against the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks.

For more information about the team and how to get tickets, including season passes, go to the Brampton Excelsiors web site.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MSL season tickets available

Catch great MSL action all season long at a discount with seasons tickets.
(Photo: Tim Prothero)
Major Series Lacrosse is already a great value, with the best players in the world battling for the ultimate goal of the Mann Cup. Four teams in the league are offering an even better deal with the opportunity to buy seasons tickets that represent substantial savings over the single ticket game prices.

To get seasons tickets for the defending Mann Cup champion Six Nations Chiefs, call 905-768-225 or email tjohnson2419@gmail.com or visit their web site for more information.

The Peterborough Lakers have been extremely successful over the last decade and the crowds they draw show how appreciative their fans are. The team generally sells well over 2,000 seasons tickets, but there are still good seats available. Call the Memorial Centre box office at 705-743-3561 or buy tickets online.

The Oakville Rock are on the rise; they were pushing the Chiefs for the final playoff spot last summer and have added tons of talent this year. You can catch all their home action by calling 416-596-3075 or emailing gchisholme@torontorock.com. Get more info about the team and tickets by visiting their web site.

The Brampton Excelsiors have won four Mann Cups this century. They've struggled a bit the last few years to string wins together but they're rebuilding with loads of home grown talent and looking to work their way back to the glory years. To get seasons tickets for 2015, email the team at excelsiors@bell.net or go to the web site for more information.

The league's other two teams sell individual game tickets. You can order Brooklin Redmen tickets online by going to the defending regular season champions' web site.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks sell tickets at the door. You can learn more about the Kodiaks at their web site.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lakers acquire Dickson from west in major deal to strengthen their roster

Curtis Dickson will join Peterborough Lakers for the summer of 2015.
(Photo: Dan Brodie)
The Peterborough Lakers of the Major Series Lacrosse league have grabbed one of the world’s top lacrosse players from the west. In a major acquisition transfer move (pending the expected Canadian Lacrosse Association approval) that he had been working on for a while, GM Paul Day got Curtis Dickson, presently playing with the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks, a player described by Indoor Lacrosse magazine as one of the top five players in the world.

"He is one of the most dangerous scorers in lacrosse, 5 on 5 and special teams. He will be fun to watch; a very dynamic player,” said GM Day. “Curtis is a special player that can turn nothing into a scoring chance every time he is on the floor. 

“He has a great chemistry with Shawn Evans already and he wants to move to Peterborough to enjoy the summer playing in the community.”

Dickson, only 26, has been a star in both field and box lacrosse after growing up in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.
“I’m really excited to be coming to Peterborough,” said Dickson who well knows the legend of the Lakers. His father Derek played in the west on two Minto Cup and a Mann Cup Canadian championship teams in the 1970s so he has heard the words Peterborough and lacrosse mixed many times since he started playing organized lacrosse at three..
 “I want to get to Peterborough to help them win one.” He has never been to a Lakers game or to Peterborough but says, “All I hear are good things and I’m excited to get East to pursue the Mann Cup.”

KW Kodiaks to host Peterborough Lakers in Clash Cup in Cobourg, have home games on TV

Jay Thorimbert won't be there because he's been traded to Six Nations
since this poster was made, but there'll be plenty of high-calibre talent
on display when the Kodiaks and Lakers meet in Cobourg.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks are hosting a 2015 Major Series Lacrosse regular season game in Cobourg as a feature of the first annual Northumberland Nemesis Minor Lacrosse Association's first minor tournament. The game will be against the Peterborough Lakers and will be played Saturday, June 6 at 7 pm at the Cobourg Community Centre.

The CCC drew over 1,000 fans when it played host to a Canadian Lacrosse League game between the Durham Turfdogs and Brampton Inferno in March, 2013. The Kodiaks and Lakers met in a neutral-site game in Kingston in June, 2013.

This will be the first time an MSL game has been played in Cobourg. The game is being billed as the First Annual Clash Cup. The idea is to give lacrosse fans in Northumberland County a chance to see some of the best players in the world competing at the game's highest level.

The Kodiaks will have another first this year as they will also have some games on local television. Rogers has agreed to televise five regular season games.

They'll kick off the schedule with KW's home opener against the defending Mann Cup champion Six Nations Chiefs on May 31.

The other four games will come on consecutive Sundays from July 5 - July 26. The Brampton Excelsiors come to town on the 5th, Six Nations returns on the 12th, the Oakville Rock are at KW on the 19th and the final televised opponent is the Peterborough Lakers on July 26th.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lakers trade for Chad Tutton and Evan Kirk

Evan Kirk will now join forces with Scott Self and the Peterborough Lakers.
(Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Peterborough Lakers have added Chad Tutton and Evan Kirk to their roster as they try to build a team that can bring the Mann Cup back to the Boro.

Peterborough sent goalie Tyler Carlson, a 3rd round pick in 2016, a 2nd rounder in 2017 and other considerations to the Brampton Excelsiors for Tutton, whom Brampton took with the second overall pick in the 2014 Major Series Lacrosse draft. He's a big, strong lefty transition player who won a pair of Minto Cups with the Whitby Warriors and was a late cut from Canada's team for the 2014 world field lacrosse championships and is expected to be selected in the first half of the 2015 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.