Saturday, April 9, 2016

Kodiaks announce Cupido as captain, introduce coaches and announce summer camps

Joey Cupido brings defensive presence and transition flair to the Cobourg Nissan Kodiaks. He'll be back as captain for the 2016 season, the team has announced. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
With the team moving from Kitchener-Waterloo to Cobourg, some things were bound to change for Major Series Lacrosse's Kodiaks. Continuity is important for a lacrosse team, too, though and the Cobourg Nissan Kodiaks showed Thursday that they'll have some in the 2016 season when they announced that transition player Joey Cupido will be returning as the team's captain.

Cupido was co-winner of the league's defender of the year award in 2014 and was named the National Lacrosse Leagues transition player of the year after his outstanding 2015 season with the Colorado Mammoth.

The righty was once known as much for his signature flowing hair and high black socks as for his swashbuckling play. But with his career as a realtor demanding a bit more professional look, Cupido has trimmed the locks. His play hasn't changed much, though, other than attempting to focus more on defence first and letting his speed take care of creating transition opportunities.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Six Nations Chiefs planning free agent tryout April 9 and 10

Have you ever wanted to play for the Six Nations Pro-Fit Chiefs? 
Here is your chance.
The five-time Mann Cup champions are looking for that next player or goalie that could step into the lineup alongside the likes of Cody Jamieson, Randy Staats, Sid Smith and Brandon Miller.
We are holding a free agent camp for those players who think they have what it takes to be part of the Chiefs family.
"We are excited to offer a free agent camp for those undrafted and free agent players in Ontario,” Chiefs general manager Duane Jacobs said. “Every year there are over 200 players going overage in Ontario. The landscape in Major Series Lacrosse is ever changing and this year is no different, with the overlap of the NLL season and the year-round demand on players. We feel it's necessary to hold this camp as we will need players short and long term. We are always looking for talent and having this open camp allows us to leave no stone unturned.”
Players eligible are free agents that are not property of an MSL team. The Chiefs are looking for 40 players and six goalie for the camp.
Camp dates at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena are Saturday April 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday April 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Saturday April 16, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost per player is $25.
If you are a player and feel you have what it takes, and have felt over looked, here's your opportunity. 
Please fill out the form on the link belowand send it to Darryl Smart at for  your shot. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Kodiaks partner with Cobourg Nissan as 2016 title sponsor

Tyler Campbell of Nissan Cobourg and Eric Graham of the Kodiaks shake
on their partnership for the 2016 season. 
The Kodiaks are very pleased to announce the partnering with Cobourg Nissan as Title Sponsor for the 2016 season. The team will now be referred to as the Cobourg Nissan Kodiaks.

Tyler Campbell, dealer principal at Cobourg Nissan, is very active in his support of sports in the community, sponsoring both minor hockey and lacrosse. Tyler knows the importance of sports in developing strong communities and was very excited to partner with the Kodiaks, bringing the very best lacrosse to Cobourg.

"As a fan and supporter of lacrosse I know having a Major Series Lacrosse team in Cobourg is going to be great for our community," said Campbell. "We are thrilled to be partnering with this exciting new organization and are looking forward to an incredible season. GO KODIAKS!"

"It's terrific to have Cobourg Nissan involved," said Eric Graham, Kodiaks VP of Marketing. "We are thrilled to have the support of such a well established and prominent local business. We look forward to promoting and building a very successful season as the Cobourg Nissan Kodiaks."

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Kodiaks announce TV deal, open tryout

The Cobourg Kodiaks are certainly keeping busy in their new home. With almost three months still to go before their first Major Series Lacrosse season in Cobourg opens, the team has secured and announced an agreement with CogecoTV to have all nine of their home games broadcast. They're also hosting an open tryout in early April to give MSL free agents a chance to impress the team's coaching staff.

That staff consists of the recently announced head coach Jamie Dubrick, who moved with the team from Kitchener-Waterloo, along with defensive coordinator Derrick Crough, as discussed in a story in the Peterborough Examiner last Thursday. The offensive coordinator and any other coaching additions will be announced in the coming weeks.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cobourg Kodiaks name Jamie Dubrick head coach

The Cobourg Kodiaks have named Jamie Dubrick as head coach for the 2016 Major Series Lacrosse season. Dubrick has had an exciting career in lacrosse, not only as a coach but also as an MSL and NLL player.

“We are very excited to have Jamie on board as the Kodiaks head coach,” said John Webb, General Manager of the Kodiaks. “Jamie brings a wealth of lacrosse knowledge and is very familiar with the team. It is the right fit for the Kodiaks.”

Dubrick has a long history with the Kodiaks as a player and as a coach. From 2003–2006, he played on the Kitchener Kodiaks Sr B Lacrosse team and in 2003 and 2005 the team captured the coveted Presidents Cup.

In 2011, Dubrick began his coaching career with the Kodiaks Sr A MSL team. Behind the bench he served as assistant coach, co-coach and head coach for the team and in 2015 his efforts paid off with an MSL Coaching Staff of the Year Award.

“I’m really excited to stay with this team through the transition. I've been with these players for years and we are working towards building a winning culture. We have unfinished business and I’m looking forward to showing Cobourg that this group can be a winner,” said Dubrick. “I’m going to be working on building a strong coaching staff and then get ready for training camp.”

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Six Nations Chiefs add Steve Dietrich as GM

The Six Nations Pro-Fit Chiefs continue to strengthen the team away from the floor. On Friday, the Chiefs announced that Steve Detrich will now be the Major Series Lacrosse team's general manager.

"Its an incredible honor to be able to join such a storied franchise with such a winning tradition," Detrich said. "I look forward to working with the fantastic staff and unbelieveable talent that Duey has assembled as we strive to bring the Mann Cup back home to Six Nations."

Detrich takes over one of the roles president Duane Jacobs has been holding. "For over a decade, I have held multiple titles with the organization," Jacobs said. "It's a lot of work and I've enjoyed doing it. But it's becoming too much. I really enjoy coaching, but the last couple of years it has been hard to enjoy when I come to the rink and have other duties to attend to. Chugger will take some of the work load off my shoulders."

Detrich is no stranger to the position, whether it be in MSL or the National Lacrosse League. He has not only been the general manager of the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks, he holds the same position with the Buffalo Bandits. 

"When Chug became available a couple weeks ago, I asked if he still wanted to be involved in summer lacrosse," Jacobs said. "He's more than capable of being our GM. His record in KW for the past 10 years speaks for itself. He's managed to have a playoff team almost every year with a very modest budget. Adding a quality person like Chug to our management team makes us better and that's really what this is about."

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Six Nations Chiefs add John Tavares as offensive coordinator

John Tavares, who has been part of some classic battles both for and against
the Chiefs over the years, is joining Six Nations as their offensive
coordinator. (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax)
If anyone knows offence, it's John Tavares. And that is why he will be directing traffic for the Six Nations Pro-Fit Chiefs  this summer.

The Major Series Lacrosse team has named Tavares, one of the game's most prolific scorers, its new new offensive coordinator.

"We are please and excited to announce that JT has joined our team as the offensive coordinator," Chiefs president and general manager Duane Jacobs said. "We had considered a number of highly qualified individuals over the past couple months and decided JT was our man. He needs no introduction, as he is arguable the greatest player to ever play the game of lacrosse. JT has a wealth of experience and knowledge as a player and we feel he can bring that to the coaching position. We feel he'll be a great fit for our highly skilled offence."