Canadian Lacrosse League

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Canadian Lacrosse League
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 Canadian Lacrosse League season
Clax.jpg
Sport Indoor lacrosse
Founded 2011
Commissioner Jim Veltman
Inaugural season 2012
No. of teams 5
Country  Canada
Most recent champion(s) Niagara Lock Monsters
Most titles Ohsweken, Iroquois, Niagara (1)
Official website CLax.ca

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.

History[edit]

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.[1]

The first three teams announced were franchises in Ohsweken, Peterborough, and Montreal.[1] A Brampton Guardian article[2] listed a team in London. Of the original three, only Oshweken wound up with an actual team in the 2012 season.[1] 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.[1]

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.[3]

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.

Current teams[edit]

Team City Arena (Capacity)
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

Former teams[edit]

Team City First
Season
Last
Season
Status
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[edit]

Season

Champion

Finalist

Score

Game MVP

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 Davide DiRuscio (Niagara)

Major awards[edit]

Players[edit]

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 Davide DiRuscio (NLM) Chris Attwood (OD) Caleb Wiles (BB) Tom Montour (OD) Colin Boucher (BB) Davide DiRuscio (NLM) Mike Burke (SWC)

Team and League Officials[edit]

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

Statistical leaders[edit]

Team Regular Season Champions[edit]

Year Team Record GF-GA Points
2012 Durham TurfDogs 9-5 180-176 18
2013 Niagara Lock Monsters 11-3 231-160 22
2014 Ohsweken Demons 7-1 127-97 14

Runners[edit]

Year Goals Assists Points Penalty Mins
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

Goalies[edit]

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 Davide DiRuscio (NLM) - 3 Davide DiRuscio (NLM) - 7.95 Davide DiRuscio (NLM) - 0.865

All-star teams[edit]

First team[edit]

Year Goalie Runners
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 Davide DiRuscio (NLM) Colin Boucher (BB), Tom Montour (OD), Chris Attwood (OD), Caleb Wiles (BB), Andrew Potter (NLM)

Second team[edit]

Year Goalie Runners
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)

Rookie[edit]

Year Goalie Runners
2013 Connor Danko (NLM) Caleb Wiles (BB), Mike Teeter (BB), Dustin Caravello (BI), John St. John (DT), Corey Fowler (NLM)
2014 Davide DiRuscio (NLM) Matt Spanger (SWC), Patrick McCrory (SWC), Mike Burke (SWC), Tim Bergin (NLM), Dylan Goddard (DT)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Cayley, Shawn (10 October 2011). "Canadian Lacrosse League to launch with two local teams". DurhamRegion.com (Durham Region, ON). 
  2. ^ "Lacrosse Killer Bzz hope to fly". Brampton Guardian. 27 July 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.canadianlacrosseleague.com/#/clax-schedule/4556003015

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