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.

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.