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.

The 25-year-old has scored 25 goals and 48 points over his last two MSL seasons. He's spent his entire four-year senior career with the Kodiaks after they selected him 22nd overall from the Six Nations Arrows.

The Kodiaks also introduced their coaching staff, headed by returning top man Jamie Dubrick, to the local media and announced kids lacrosse camps they'll hold at the Cobourg Community Centre in mid July. Below is Cobourg's media release with more details on all three stories.

Cobourg Nissan Kodiaks Announce Joey Cupido As Captain
The Cobourg Nissan Kodiaks are very pleased to announce Joey Cupido as captain for the 2016 MSL season. Joey served as captain of the Kodiaks for the 2015 season.
Cupido was selected 22nd overall by the Kodiaks in the 2012 MSL draft, he was named co-winner of the Most Valuable Defensive player in the MSL in 2014. Joey
Plays for the Colorado Mammoth in the NLL and was awarded the 2015 National Lacrosse League Transition Player of the Year Award and a first team NLL all pro.
Joey currently lives in Hamilton where he has a successful realestate career with Century 21.

Cobourg Nissan Kodiaks Coaching Staff
Joining head coach Jamie Dubrick on the bench will be offensive coach Jason Clark and defensive coach Derrick Crough.
Jason has had a long and very successful career in lacrosse as both player and coach. As a captain of the Peterborough Lakers, Jason helped his team capture the Mann Cup in 2004, 2006 and 2007. He also spent many years in the NLL playing for Philadelphia, Chicago, Ottawa, New York, Arizona, Buffalo and Toronto and capturing an NLL championship with Philadelphia in 2001. Head coach of Peterborough Jr A in 2008 and assistant coach of Peterborough Sr A in 2014, Jason brings a wealth of offensive knowledge and ability to the Kodiaks.
Derrick played lacrosse from age 3 to 33 before making the transition to coaching. He played 10 years with the Peterborough Lakers, including the 2004 Mann Cup, and two seasons with the Brooklin Redmen, including the 2000 Mann Cup. Derrick has coached at all minor levels winning several Provincial Championships, as well as coaching for team Ontario and Evolve Elite.

Cobourg Nissan Kodiaks Summer Camp

The Cobourg Nissan Kodiaks will be hosting a lacrosse summer camp for kids ages 5 to 14 to learn lacrosse fundamentals and skills from Kodiaks players. The camp will take place July 18th to 22nd at the Cobourg Community Centre. For more information visit