Canadian Lacrosse League
|Current season, competition or edition:
2014 Canadian Lacrosse League season
|No. of teams||5|
|Most recent champion(s)||Niagara Lock Monsters|
|Most titles||Ohsweken, Iroquois, Niagara (1)|
The Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) is a men's professional indoor lacrosse league based in Canada, founded by Paul St. John. Similar to the National Lacrosse League (and unlike other Canadian box lacrosse leagues that play in the summer) the CLax plays its games in the winter and spring.
Similar to Major League Soccer, CLax operates as a single-entity ownership. Charlesway Corporation Limited, along with Rodney 'Demon' Hill own and operate all aspects of the league.
In the inaugural season, the league had six teams in three cities: Brampton Inferno and Peel Avengers in Brampton, Ontario; the Iroquois Ironmen and Ohsweken Demons in Hagersville, Ontario; and the Durham TurfDogs and Oshawa Machine in Oshawa, Ontario.
- 1 History
- 2 Current teams
- 3 Former teams
- 4 Creators' Cup championship history
- 5 Major awards
- 6 Statistical leaders
- 7 All-star teams
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The league's original intentions were to feature eastern and western leagues. This plan was modified to have multiple Ontario teams and one Quebec location in the first year.
The first three teams announced were franchises in Ohsweken, Peterborough, and Montreal. A Brampton Guardian article listed a team in London. Of the original three, only Oshweken wound up with an actual team in the 2012 season. With only three teams, the league decided two teams should operate in each announced location, leading to the creation of the Iroquois Ironmen, Peel Avengers, and Durham TurfDogs. Rodney Hill operated the two Oshweken teams, but the league owned the other clubs initially.
The inaugural games took place January 7, 2012 starting at in Ohsweken. The first game was an 18-11 win for the Brampton Inferno over the hometown Iroquois Ironmen. In the second game, the Peel Avengers defeated the Durham TurfDogs 16-9. To conclude the opening day of league play, the Oshawa Machine played the Ohsweken Demons, losing 13-9.
It was announced on October 3, 2012 that the league would be expanding to three new markets: Barrie, Toronto, and St. Catharines. The Oshawa Machine would be moving to Toronto to become the Toronto Shooting Stars; the Peel Avengers would relocate to St. Catharines and the city of Barrie would be awarded an expansion team. It was also announced that the Durham Turf Dogs would be changing their name to the Oshawa Turf Dogs.
In November 2013, the defending champion Iroquois Ironmen announced that they were ceasing operations and would no longer compete in CLax. That was followed in December with the news of 2013 finalists, Toronto Shooting Stars also folding. The Brampton Inferno would become a touring team based out of Southwestern Ontario called the SouthWest Cyclops for 2014.
|Barrie Blizzard||Barrie, Ontario||Barrie Molson Centre (4,195)|
|Durham TurfDogs||Oshawa, Ontario||GM Centre (5,113)|
|Niagara Lock Monsters||St. Catharines, Ontario||Seymour-Hannah Sports & Entertainment Centre (1,500)|
|Ohsweken Demons||Hagersville, Ontario||Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (2,300/3,000)|
|SouthWest Cyclops||Paris, Ontario|
|Brampton Killer Bzz||Brampton, Ontario||-||-||Never played|
|Iroquois Ironmen||Hagersville, Ontario||2012||2013||Folded|
|Toronto Shooting Stars||Toronto, Ontario||2013||2013||Folded|
Creators' Cup championship history
|2012||Ohsweken Demons||Iroquois Ironmen||15-10||Chris Attwood (Ohsweken)|
|2013||Iroquois Ironmen||Toronto Shooting Stars||14-11||Travis Hill (Iroquois)|
|2014||Niagara Lock Monsters||Ohsweken Demons||10-9, OT||Dave DiRuscio (Niagara)|
|Year||Season MVP||Outstanding Player||Top Offensive||Top Transition||Top Defense||Top Goalie||Top Rookie|
|2012||Mike Attwood (II)||Chris Attwood (OD)||Chris Attwood (OD)||John McClure (DT)||Colin Boucher (DT)||Jeff Powless (OD)||Not awarded|
|2013||Wayne VanEvery (OD)||Corey Fowler (NLM)||Andrew Potter (NLM)||Mack O'Brien (TSS)||Ben McCullough (BI)||Connor Danko (NLM)||Caleb Wiles (BB)|
|2014||Dave DiRuscio (NLM)||Chris Attwood (OD)||Caleb Wiles (BB)||Tom Montour (OD)||Colin Boucher (BB)||Dave DiRuscio (NLM)||Mike Burke (SWC)|
Team and League Officials
|Year||Top Coach||Top Official|
|2012||Jason Crosbie, Jonas Derks, Brad MacArthur (DT)||Jon Watson|
|2013||Glenn Clark (TSS)||Wayne Paddick|
|2014||Jeff Dowling (NLM)||Brent Coulombe|
Team Regular Season Champions
|2013||Niagara Lock Monsters||11-3||231-160||22|
|2012||Chris Attwood (OD) - 35 &
Brad Favero (BI) - 35
|Kim Squire (PA) - 38||Chris Attwood (OD) - 71||Chancy Johnson (II) - 121|
|2013||Wayne VanEvery (OD) - 41||Corey Fowler (NLM) - 48 &
Andrew Potter (NLM) - 48
|Corey Fowler (NLM) - 80||Brock Boyle (BI) - 70|
|2014||Chris Attwood (OD) - 27||Chris Attwood (OD) - 27||Chris Attwood (OD) - 54||Tom Montour (OD) - 34 &
Jordan Dance (SWC) - 34
|Year||Minutes||Wins||Goals Against Ave||Save Percentage|
|2012||John Chesebrough (OM) - 640:15||Jeff Powless (OD) - 7||Jeff Powless (OD) - 11.52||Ben VanEvery (OD) - 0.793|
|2013||Jay Preece (BI) - 611:44||Connor Danko (NLM) - 7||Angus Dinely (TSS) - 9.57||Zach Higgins (DT) - 0.813|
|2014||Jay Preece (SWC) - 366:01||Dave DiRuscio (NLM) - 3||Dave DiRuscio (NLM) - 7.95||Dave DiRuscio (NLM) - 0.865|
|2012||Jeff Powless (OD)||Chris Attwood (OD), Colin Boucher (DT), John McClure (DT), Ryan Campbell (PA), Brad Favero (BI)|
|2013||Connor Danko (NLM)||Ben McCullough (BI), Tom Montour (OD), Mack O'Brien (TSS), Andrew Potter (NLM), Wayne VanEvery (OD)|
|2014||Dave DiRuscio (NLM)||Colin Boucher (BB), Tom Montour (OD), Chris Attwood (OD), Caleb Wiles (BB), Andrew Potter (NLM)|
|2012||Mike Attwood (II)||Brad Levick (OM), Kim Squire (PA), Jon Arnold (BI), Clay Hill (OD), Ben McCullough (BI)|
|2013||Jay Preece (BI)||Colin Boucher (BB), Mitch Dumont (DT), Corey Fowler (NLM), Caleb Wiles (BB), Chris Attwood (II)|
|2014||Jake Henhawk (OD)||Tyler Burton (SWC), Jon Arnold (NLM), Mike Burke (SWC), Mark Farthing (DT), Wayne VanEvery (OD)|
|2013||Connor Danko (NLM)||Caleb Wiles (BB), Mike Teeter (BB), Dustin Caravello (BI), John St. John (DT), Corey Fowler (NLM)|
|2014||Dave DiRuscio (NLM)||Matt Spanger (SWC), Patrick McCrory (SWC), Mike Burke (SWC), Tim Bergin (NLM), Dylan Goddard (DT)|
- National Lacrosse League
- Continental Indoor Lacrosse League
- Major Series Lacrosse
- Western Lacrosse Association
- Cayley, Shawn (10 October 2011). "Canadian Lacrosse League to launch with two local teams". DurhamRegion.com (Durham Region, ON).
- "Lacrosse Killer Bzz hope to fly". Brampton Guardian. 27 July 2011.