Tuesday, April 14, 2015

24 MSL players form majority of Canada's 37-man training roster for WILC

Brandon Miller won a Mann Cup MVP last year. Now he has a chance to
make Canada's team for the world championships. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Canadian Lacrosse Association has released the list of 37 players who comprise its training roster for the national team that will compete at the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships and 24 of the players hail from Major Series Lacrosse teams.

The Six Nations Chiefs lead the way with six players selected to the 37-man roster, which will be whittled down to 23 to form the team that will actually compete at the worlds on the Onondaga First Nation this September. New acquisitions Dillon Ward and Dhane Smith join holdovers Brandon Miller, Dan Coates, Jesse Gamble and Bill Dee Smith.

The Peterborough Lakers and Oakville Rock each had five players named to the roster. There were also four players from the Brampton Exclsiors, three from the Brooklin Redmen and two from the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Commissioner's Blog - Welcome to the 2015 season

The Six Nations Chiefs enter the new MSL season as defending Mann Cup champions, but they'll have plenty of
competition for this year's Ontario title and the chance to try to make it three in a row. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Welcome to the 2015 season!

The Major Series Lacrosse league has been preparing for the opening of the 2015 season with many management changes. The 2015 draft of Junior players has taken place and the schedule has been set up for an 18-game draw.

The 2014 season was the closest and most competitive in recent years. It wasn’t until the last game was played that positions two through five were decided.

The Canadian Mann Cup championship was won by Six Nations which just beat out Oakville Rock for the final playoff position in Ontario. In preparing for the 2015 season, which will be even more competitive than last year, teams have made some changes to hopefully improve their standing.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Six Nations Chiefs bolster roster with addition of Dhane Smith, Dillon Ward and Jay Thorimbert in trade for Evan Kirk

Dhane Smith will be on the other side this year if there is a
third straight Six Nations/Victoria Mann Cup final.
(Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Six Nations Chiefs have announced that they have acquired a trio of standout players from the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks in exchange for goalie Evan Kirk, righty forward Garrett Billings, defender Anthony Patterson, first-round draft pick in 2018 and other considerations.

Six Nations adds righty forward Dhane Smith, goalie Dillon Ward and transition man and faceoff specialist Jay Thorimbert. With the additions, the Chiefs have to be pencilled in as early favourites to earn their third straight Mann Cup championship.

The Kodiaks

For the full story, go to the Chiefs web site.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rock and Kodiaks swing four-player trade

Brett Hickey joins the Oakville Rock.
The Oakville Rock continue to populate their roster with players who suit up for the Toronto Rock in the winter. They brought in Toronto players Brett Hickey and Glen Bryan in a trade with the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks that also nets the Rock a second-round pick in the 2016 MSL draft. In return, KW gets righty forward Jacob Ruest, defender Aaron Brown and other considerations from the Rock.

Hickey is an Ontario boy who has spent all three of his Sr A seasons out in the Western Lacrosse Association split between Langley and Coquitlam. The righty forward has been in the top 10 of WLA scoring each of the last two years and is enjoying a breakout season with Toronto. He's currently tied for second in the NLL with 33 goals.

Bryan played his first full MSL season last year for the Kodiaks. He's a product of Orangeville, where he won a pair of Minto Cups and was named top defender in the OLA Jr A series in 2010, his final season of junior.

Ruest three times scored 37 or more goals for Burlington in Jr A and put up 31 points in 15 games as a rookie for Oakville last summer. Brown is a big, athletic defender who has spent three seasons with the Rock and is a solid presence for the Durham Turfdogs in CLax.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Paul Stewart joins Brampton Exelsiors as head coach

Press Release from the Brampton Excelsiors:

The Brampton Major Excelsior Lacrosse Club is pleased to announce their new Head Coach Paul Stewart for the 2015 season.

Paul now lives in Oshawa but played Junior Lacrosse in Caledon, Mississauga, Orillia and Scarborough. He won a Founder’s Cup in Orillia in 1995.

He started his coaching career in the National Lacrosse League first as a scout for the Minnesota Swarm in 2006, then four years as an assistant coach with the New York Titans and Philadelphia Wings from 2007-10. In 2009-10 he was the offensive coordinator with the MLL Toronto Nationals winning the championship in 2009. Paul also has international experience as Head Coach of Ireland in the 2007 World Indoor Championship and the offensive coordinator for Team Canada’s field team in 2010. From 2011 to 2014, Paul coached Minor in Oshawa, assistant coach for the Pickering-Ajax Rock and the Brooklin Redmen in the MSL. In 2014 he was a member of the coaching staff for the Brooklin Redmen named coaches of the year by the Major Series Lacrosse.


Brampton Majors welcome Paul Stewart to the Excelsior Lacrosse family.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kodiaks and Excelsiors pull off MSL trade just two days after draft

The KW Kodiaks and Brampton Excelsiors swung a deal a couple of days after the 2015 Major Series Lacrosse draft that returns a trio of players to their home centres and gives the Kodiaks a talented lefty forward who was the highest-selected non-Brampton player in the draft.

KW receives Michael MacDonald, the player Brampton took third overall. He put up plenty of points playing Jr B with the Halton Hills Bulldogs and Jr A with the Whitby Warriors. MacDonald's dangerous outside shot helped him put up 30 goals and 39 assists for Halton Hills in 2013 and he scored 57 points in 18 playoff games for the Warriors that year. He should help boost the production of the Kodiaks' offence.

The Kodiaks also receive local product Jay Lindsay, who scored 38 points in 36 career games with the Jr A KW Braves.

Brampton gets the players that KW selected 9th and 12th overall from the Jr A Excelsiors. Connor Campbell, the 9th pick, is a steady defender who suited up in 58 regular season and playoff games for Brampton over the last two years.

Jayson Crawford, taken 12th, is an athletic transition player who spent his junior career with Halton Hills but also played last summer for the Jr A Excelsiors, posting 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points in 19 games. He was also drafted by the New England Black Wolves of the National Lacrosse League and is currently playing for the Barrie Blizzard in CLax.

Brampton also receives KW's second-round pick in the 2016 MSL draft.

Monday, January 26, 2015

MSL teams select 29 players in 2015 graduating junior draft

Tyler Ferreira was the first player chosen in the 2015 MSL draft, going to his
hometown Brampton Excelsiors. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Major Series Lacrosse held its annual entry draft of graduating junior players Sunday January 25 in Whitby. The Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks were the most active team, selecting nine of the 29 players chosen in the draft. At the other end of the spectrum, the two-time defending Mann Cup champion Six Nations Chiefs selected just two players and passed on their fifth-round pick.

Full results of the draft are below. All players come from OLA Jr A teams unless otherwise noted.