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.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Major Series Lacrosse mourns the loss of Oakville Rock General Manager Terry Sanderson

Statement from MSL Commissioner Jim Brady on the untimely passing of Oakville Rock General Manager Terry Sanderson Thursday afternoon.

"Terry has been a wonderful leader in lacrosse all his years. The Major Series Lacrosse league will miss him so much. He was as frank a person as you could ever meet and he drove himself to be the very best. If you were associated with him in any way you just respected his efforts. His passing hurts all lacrosse people. My deep sympathy to his family and Josh who I know loved his dad as they all did. I am sad!"

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chiefs take Game 6 9-4 to capture Mann Cup for second straight year

The Six Nations Chiefs leadership group receive the Mann Cup. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Six Nations Chiefs are Mann Cup champions again. They beat the Victoria Shamrocks 9-4 Friday night to win the best of seven series 4-2 and bring the Mann Cup back to the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. Brandon Miller was excellent for the Chiefs again, earning first star honours for the game and Mike Kelly Trophy as MVP for the series. Miller stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced.

Colin Boucher picked off a pass and raced down the floor to score an unassisted transition goal that broke a 1-1 tie at 14:19 of the first period and set the Chiefs on the path to victory. Kasey Beirnes followed with a goal—one of his two to go along with two assists in the game—37 seconds later and the Chiefs led 3-1 after one period.

The Shamrocks put up a spirited battle, coming close to scoring on a number of occasions but just not being able to get the ball past Miller with any regularity. At eight minutes of the second period, Colin Doyle took a cross-floor pass from Beirnes and quickly redirected a bounce shot past Cody Hagedorn to make it 4-1.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jamieson's third-period power play goals spark Chiefs to 8-6 win in Game 5 of Mann Cup for 3-2 lead in series

Brandon Miller stood tall once again for the Six Nations Chiefs as they won Game 5 of the Mann Cup. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Six Nations Chiefs took a 3-2 lead in the 2014 Mann Cup with an 8-6 win over the Victoria Shamrocks Wednesday night. Cody Jamieson scored back to back power play goals on a five-minute high-sticking major by Bubba Westwood to break a 5-5 tie in the third period. The Shamrocks had fought back from a 5-2 deficit with a Tyler Hass transition goal late in the second then a pair of outside shot goals from Corey Small to open the third.

With Matt Flindell out for the series with a head injury, Cody Hagedorn was forced into net for the Shamrocks and did an excellent job for them, making 37 saves. He couldn't stop Jamieson's pair of rockets from the high slot, though, and that proved to be the difference in the game. Jamieson had taken his own major penalty when he slashed Hass towards the end of the second period. The Chiefs were able to kill off that penalty, in part because they drew a pair of slashing penalties by Ben McCullough while ragging the ball.