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|Home Arena||Rexall Place|
|Based in||Edmonton, Alberta|
|Colors||Black and Silver|
|Head Coach||Derek Keenan|
|General Manager||Derek Keenan|
|Local media||Shaw TV Edmonton, Global Edmonton, CTV Edmonton, Citytv, CBC, Edmonton Sun, Edmonton Journal|
The NLL announced that Edmonton, Alberta would receive an NLL franchise on May 5, 2005. They play their home games at Rexall Place. The Edmonton team is owned by businessman Bruce Urban, who purchased the dormant Ottawa Rebel to start the Edmonton team. Although early reports suggested that they would be playing as the Edmonton Speed, they selected the name Rush on June 9, 2005.
On February 17, 2006, the Rush recorded the first victory in their franchise history, defeating the Calgary Roughnecks 12-11 in a thrilling game, scoring the winning goal with only 0.2 seconds left in the game. Their first home victory didn't come until their second season, when they defeated the Philadelphia Wings 13-12 on January 6, 2007 in the season opener.
After starting the 2008 NLL season with an 0-5 record, the Rush fired the franchise's original head coach and general manager, Paul Day, and replaced him with former NLL Coach and GM of the Year, Bob Hamley. The Rush finished the season last in the West with a 4-12 record, and after rebuilding much of the team in the off-season, the Rush struggled again in 2009. After finishing last in the West for the second straight season, Hamley was fired.
The Rush will have Derek Keenan as head coach and general manager for the 2010 season. Keenan joined Edmonton after the demise of the now-defunct Portland Lumberjax.
Rivalry with the Calgary Roughnecks
The arrival of the Rush created another version of "The Battle Of Alberta". The head coach of the Edmonton Rush however, has come under fire by the Calgary Roughnecks. The Rush took out ads in Calgary newspapers before their first meeting that the Rush would "Open a Can" on the Roughnecks.
This proved to backfire as the Roughnecks defeated the Rush in their first meeting.
The tactic continued though when the Rush were playing the Toronto Rock, but once again it proved to backfire as the Rock easily won.
However, Calgary tried this tactic against Edmonton before the April 5, 2008 game by taking an ad in the Edmonton Sun saying that Edmonton was a "City of Losers" instead of a city of champions. Just as it had for the Rush, the plan backfired as the Rush won 11-9.
The rivalry heated up March 13, 2009 in Edmonton as Calgary built up a 14-3 halftime lead over the Rush. At the one second mark of the 3rd quarter, a line brawl broke out between the two teams resulting in nine fighting majors and nine misconducts.
Edmonton did get the upper hand in the first playoff meeting between the teams as the Rush won 11-7 in Calgary on May 1, 2010.
Edmonton had played four games against the Calgary Roughnecks in the 2012 season. The Rush went 0/4 in the regular season when they faced the Calgary Roughnecks. Calgary ended their season with the record of 12-4, while Edmonton dominated the second ever playoff Battle Of Alberta with a win over Calgary 19-11. Edmonton went on to the Western division final against the Minnesota Swarm toward another amazing win (15-3 over the Swarm) and headed to the NLL finals.
Edmonton Rush roster
|Active (23-man) roster||Inactive roster||Coaches|
Hall of Famers
All time Record
|2006||Western||1–15||6th||0–8||1–7||150||202||Paul Day||Missed playoffs||10,367|
|2007||Western||6–10||5th||4–4||2–6||160||189||Paul Day||Missed playoffs||10,815|
|2008||Western||4–12||5th||3–5||1–7||141||197||Paul Day (0–5)
Bob Hamley (4–7)
|2009||Western||5–11||6th||4–4||1–7||159||200||Bob Hamley||Missed playoffs||8,347|
|2010||Western||10–6||3rd||5–3||5–3||186||201||Derek Keenan||Lost in Western Final||7,558|
|2011||Western||5–11||5th||4–4||1–7||175||204||Derek Keenan||Missed Playoffs||7,151|
|2012||Western||6–10||4th||4–4||2–6||167||175||Derek Keenan||Lost in Final||7,050|
|2013||Western||9–7||3rd||2–6||7–1||203||170||Derek Keenan||Lost in Western Semi-final||6,714|
Franchise scoring leaders
These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NLL regular season.
Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; G/G = Goals per game; A/G = Assists per game; * = current Rush player
Single Season Goals - Mark Matthews, 38 (2013)
Assists - Ryan Ward, 54 (2013)
Points - Ryan Ward, 75 (2013)
PIM - Jamie Floris, 67 (2009)
Loose Balls - Brodie Merrill, 190 (2010)
Forced Turnovers - Kyle Rubisch, 44 (2013)
- "Bruce Urban Bio at Edmonton Rush Website". EdmontonRush.com. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
- Paul Tutka (2008-02-21). "Bob Hamley hiring made official". NLLInsider.com. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
- Tutka, Paul (May 19, 2009). "Breaking: Bob Hamley released by Edmonton Rush". NLLInsider.com. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
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