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.
Brampton Excelsiors defenders Kyle Rubisch, Chris Corbeil and Paul Dawson will help lead the Canadian back end. Scott Campbell and Steve Priolo of the Brooklin Redmen join them.
Oakville forward Stephan Leblanc and transition player Brodie Merrill give the Rock a pair of players on the team. Transition player Jordan MacIntosh is the only KW Kodiak named to the squad.
Of the four Western Lacrosse Association players named to the team, two have spent the majority of their senior careers in MSL. Forward Dan Dawson is playing with the Victoria Shamrocks this summer after a legendary career with Brampton. Ryan Dilks is back for a second season with the Shamrocks after two years with KW, after one of which he was named MSL's defensive player of the year.
The other two players named to the team are playing exclusively in Major League Lacrosse in the summer. Lefty forwards Mark Matthews and Zack Greer are both graduates of the Whitby Warriors Jr A program. Greer won a Mann Cup with Brampton in his only full senior season in 2011.
Below is the full roster.
|Player||Summer team||NLL Team|
|Aaron Bold||Victoria Shamrocks (WLA)||Edmonton Rush|
|Brandon Miller||Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)||Toronto Rock|
|Matt Vinc||Peterborough Lakers (MSL)||Rochester Knighthawks|
|Billy Dee Smith||Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)||Buffalo Bandits|
|Brett Mydske||Langley Thunder (WLA)||Edmonton Rush|
|Brodie Merrill||Oakville Rock (MSL)||Toronto Rock|
|Chris Corbeil||Brampton Excelsiors (MSL)||Edmonton Rush|
|Dan Coates||Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)||Colorado Mammoth|
|Jordan MacIntosh||KW Kodiaks (MSL)||Minnesota Swarm|
|Kyle Rubisch||Brampton Excelsiors (MSL)||Edmonton Rush|
|Paul Dawson||Brampton Excelsiors (MSL)||Rochester Knighthawks|
|Ryan Dilks||Victoria Shamrocks (WLA)||Edmonton Rush|
|Scott Campbell||Brooklin Redmen (MSL)||Rochester Knighthawks|
|Steve Priolo||Brooklin Redmen (MSL)||Buffalo Bandits|
|Adam Jones||Peterborough Lakers (MSL)||Colorado Mammoth|
|Mark Matthews||Rochester Rattlers (MLL)||Edmonton Rush|
|Ryan Benesch||KW Kodiaks (MSL)||Buffalo Bandits|
|Stephan Leblanc||Oakville Rock (MSL)||Toronto Rock|
|Zack Greer||Denver Outlaws (MLL)||Edmonton Rush|
|Curtis Dickson||Peterborough Lakers (MSL)||Calgary Roughnecks|
|Dan Dawson||Victoria Shamrocks (WLA)||Rochester Knighthawks|
|Dhane Smith||Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)||Buffalo Bandits|
|Shawn Evans||Peterborough Lakers (MSL)||Calgary Roughnecks|