There was a time when Montreal had our very own professional lacrosse team. They were the Montreal Express. It was twelve years ago and yet it seems just like yesterday. I attended one of those games and enjoyed it although I was not really familiar with the sport. Which is quite sad when you think about it because the sport of lacrosse is Canada’s national sport. It is not hockey; it is lacrosse. The sport has especially deep roots in this province. Lacrosse is regaining popularity in the province and it is hoped that Montreal will once again have a professional lacrosse team as part of the newly formed Canadian Lacrosse Association. Until then we have a chance to see professional lacrosse with a game between two of the top teams in the National Lacrosse League. The two teams are the Toronto Rock and the Rochester Knighthawks.
The National Lacrosse League is a 9 team professional indoor lacrosse league that features some of the best players from around the world. Of the 9 teams 4 are Canadian – Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto. The teams each play 18 games (8 home/8away). They are presently in between seasons with 2014 being finished and 2015 only starting the beginning of January. So bottom line is that this Toronto-Rochester game is a preseason tilt.
In 2014 Toronto ended up in up in 2nd place in the East with a 9-9 record. Rochester was right ahead of them in 1st. It’s bound to be an interesting and high calibre game as the guys are either side are also fighting for roster spots.
Each side has several players to keep an eye on. For Toronto there are forwards Stephan Leblanc, Rob Hellyer, and Kasey Beirnes and defencemen Sandy Chapman and Rob Marshall. On the Rochester side there are the Paul and Dan Dawson along with forwards Cory Vitarelli and Johnny Powless and defencemen brothers Brad and Scott Self.
-Date: December 14, 2014
-Venue: Bell Centre
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Prices: $38.50, $50.50, $60.50 (plus handling charges)
-Game Time: 2:00 p.m.