Philadelphia Wings

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For the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League of 1974-75, see Philadelphia Wings (1974-75).
Philadelphia Wings
Philadelphia Wings logo.svg
Division Eastern
Founded 1986
Home Arena Wells Fargo Center
Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1986-2014)
Colors Red, black, white
Head Coach Blane Harrison
General Manager Johnny Mouradian
Local media Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Wings All Access (NLL Radio)
Championships 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001
Division Championships 1993 (American), 1994 (American)
Website www.wingslax.com

The Philadelphia Wings were a member of the National Lacrosse League, a professional box lacrosse league in North America from 1986 until 2014. They played at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Wings were one of the four original teams in the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League that began play in 1987 and the only team to reclaim its identity from the original 1974-75 National Lacrosse League and also retained the first Philadelphia Wings logo.

The Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League was renamed the Major Indoor Lacrosse League in 1989, and again to the National Lacrosse League in 1998. They are the only franchise to have played all 24 seasons in the same city. The Wings have the most titles in the combined league history with 6 total: 4 North American Cups in the MILL era and 2 Champion's Cup since the formation of the NLL.

On July 11, 2014 it was announced on the team's website that the Wings would be relocating after 28 years in Philadelphia.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The Philadelphia Wings were one of the original four franchises in the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League, joining the New Jersey Saints, Washington Wave, and Baltimore Thunder in the premiere season. While the Wings were not an immediate success on the floor, going 3-3 and 3-5 in the first two regular seasons with two playoff losses, they were the biggest draw in the league. They drew an average of almost 12,000 fans to their three 1987 regular season games, and slightly over 12,000 fans for their four games in 1988.

Their first on-field success came in 1989 with a first place 6-2 campaign, ending with their first of a league record 6 titles with an 11-10 win over New York at the Spectrum. The Wings became the first team to repeat with another 6-2 regular season followed by a championship win in Worcester over the New England Blazers. A 5-5 season in 1991 left the Wings in third place in the American Division, 1 game behind the division winners Baltimore and out of the playoffs for the first time in their history, denying them the opportunity for a "threepeat."

Some of the early stars of those teams included Mike French, Hall of Fame college player at Corrnell and a current team executive; John Grant Sr., father of current NLL star John Grant Jr. and member of the Philadelphia Wings (1974–1975) ; Syracuse Hall of Famer Brad Kotz; long time Wings coach, Tony Resch; and long time NLL player and coach John Tucker.

Wings vs. Bandits[edit]

In 1992, the MILL expanded to Western New York with the Buffalo Bandits. The Bandits were primarily Canadian players from Ontario, while the Wings were still mostly American based, like the rest of the league at the time. The rivalry was instant, as the teams would play each other in 4 of the next 5 title games, interrupted only by the Wings triumph over Rochester in the 1995 season. The Wings struggled in the regular season of 1992, but turned it on in the playoffs to defeat Baltimore and New York and host the Bandits in the championship game. John Tavares would end the Wings quest for their 3rd title with an overtime winner, however.

1993 saw the Wings have a 7-1 season, only to be topped by the Bandits perfect 8-0 season. Both teams dispatched their semifinal opponents, and the rematch was on. The Bandits once again ended the Wings hopes, this time winning a one goal contest in regulation 13-12.

1994 saw both teams top their respective divisions with 6-2 marks, and again both teams dominated the semifinal game to meet for a 3rd consecutive time for the North American Cup. An incredible run by Philadelphia in the middle of the game buried the Bandits hopes of their own threepeat, giving the Wings a 26-15 win and their third title.

The Wings were their same dominating selves in 1995, going 7-1 to finish atop the single table (a structure the league changed back to before the season), while the Bandits uncharacteristically struggled, finishing just 4th in a 6 team league at 3-5. This meant the Wings faced the Bandits in the semifinals, and due to the MILL's "attendance rule" that gave postseason home field advantage to the team with better attendance, the game was played in Buffalo. The Wings proved to be the better team with a 19-16 win on their way to a league high 4th title.

1996 saw the Bandits return to their prior form, while both teams finishing 8-2 and tied atop the league standings. Once again, the teams found themselves in the final, and the Bandits returned the favor of stopping a threepeat with a dominating 15-10 performance.

1997 saw that Phantoms move from the Spectrum to the new CoreStates Center (now the Wells Fargo Center). It would also be the first time that the Wings and Bandits would not meet in the playoffs since the Bandits had been introduced in 1992. The Wings won another regular season title with a 7-1 record, but were upset in the semifinals by the eventual champion Rochester Knighthawks.

NLL era[edit]

The league name changed for 1998, but the Wings success did not. Despite the loss of Gary Gait to the Baltimore Thunder, the Wings still claimed their 4th regular season title in 5 years at 9-3. Once again, the Wings were paired up with their arch-rival Bandits in the semifinal round, and the Wings dispatched the Bandits just as they had in the previous semifinal matchup. The Wings advanced to play the Thunder and Gary Gait in the final round, which was a best 2 of 3 series for the one and only time in league history. The Wings opened the series with a 16-12 victory at home, before sweeping the series with a dominating 17-12 road victory in Baltimore Arena.

1999 saw the end of the heated Wings-Bandits rivalry, as the Bandits started to rebuild and fell to a 4-8 mark, missing the postseason. The Wings also had regular season struggles, finishing at just 5-7 and squeaking into the playoffs as the fourth seed. Wings fans probably wish the team had missed the postseason, as the team was pummeled in a record breaking 13-2 loss to the eventual champion Toronto Rock. 2000 saw the team improve slightly to 7-5 during the season, but it ended the same way, with a semifinal loss in Toronto by a more respectable 14-10 score.

That set up the 2001 season, with the Wings once again seeing their league dominance challenged by a newcomer to the league. The Rock and the Wings did not disappoint, with the Rock going 11-3 and the Wings 10-4 in the regular season, and winning their semifinal games to set up a third straight postseason matchup in Toronto, this time with the title on the line. Unlike the previous two games, the Wings dictated the style of play, and built a 9-4 lead early in the fourth quarter before the Rock finally solved the defensive puzzle. It proved too little, too late, and the Wings claimed their 6th title with a 9-8 upset victory, once again ending the chance at the first league threepeat.

The 2002 season was clearly a transition year for the franchise, as they muddled through a difficult season to finish at 8-8 before falling in a quarterfinal game against the Washington Power. Until the 2008 season, it would prove to be the last playoff appearance for the proud franchise.

Rebuilding[edit]

The 2003 season saw the Wings start off strongly, but collapse down the stretch as they finished 8-8, and lost the division title to the Colorado Mammoth, missing the postseason for the first time since 1991. It would continue to get worse for the Wings, as the next two years ended with a last place 7-9 2004 season and a 6-10 2005 season. The rebuilding of the Wings began in earnest in the offseason, as the Wings would have three first round draft picks before the 2006 season, adding Sean Greenhalgh, Luke Wiles, and Chad Thompson.[1] Wiles and Thompson were later dealt for Mike Regan, and Greenhalgh was moved to Buffalo after the 2007 season. Despite the added firepower, the Wings saw some improvement, going 8-8 in 2006 but missing the postseason on tiebreakers.

The 2006 draft was again fertile ground for the Wings, adding Geoff Snider, Ian Llord, and Athan Iannucci in the first round,[2] and adding Kyle Wailes, another first round pick, through a trade with Calgary.[3] However, the 2007 season again would leave fans wondering about the future, when the Wings collapsed down the stretch with 4 losses in the last 5 games to crash to a 6-10 record and miss the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season. The entire coaching staff was fired after the season ended, though Lindsay Sanderson kept the role of GM.[4]

Dave Huntley returns[edit]

On June 8, 2007, the Wings announced that the team's original general manager Dave Huntley would be their head coach for the 2008 season.[5] The personnel changes would continue as Sean Greenhalgh was moved to Buffalo and Ian Llord moved to Calgary in a deal that brought the Wings Jason Crosbie on offense and former Defenseman of the Year Taylor Wray on defense.[6] The Wings added goaltender Rob Blasdell in the dispersal draft that occurred for the one-year suspension of the Arizona Sting, and he was named the starting goaltender for the 2008 season. On March 5, 2008, the Wings continued to restructure the team, even when leading the league with a 6-1 record at the halfway point. The Wings were involved in trades with the Chicago Shamrox, Minnesota Swarm, and Edmonton Rush leading to the acquisition of A.J. Shannon and Brandon Miller, while sending Matt Roik, Dan Marohl, Keith Cromwell, and Brad Self elsewhere.[7]

All the changes paid off, as the Wings compiled a 10-6 record, good for a four way tie for the Eastern Division championship. Due to tiebreakers, they finished with the 4th seed in the East, and travelled to Buffalo for an Eastern Division semifinal game on May 2, 2008. The Wings return to the postseason was short-lived, however, as the Wings dropped a 14-12 decision to the Bandits.

The 2008 season saw the emergence of two new Wings superstars, second year players Athan Iannucci and Geoff Snider. Iannucci scored 71 goals on the season, breaking Gary Gait's single-season scoring record of 61,[8] and Snider set new records for loose balls (242), penalty minutes (103), and faceoffs won (318).[9] Both made the All-Star team and All-Pro teams, and Iannucci was named Player of the Month three times as well as league MVP.

The 2009 season was marred by an offseason injury to star Athan Iannucci, who was only able to appear in 10 games, and compiled just 36 points after his record breaking haul the season before. Needing to re-establish an offense without the focal point, the Wings struggled to a 2-5 start, but were able to rally to win 4 of the next 6 and get back to a 7-8 record heading into the season finale in Rochester with a playoff spot on the line. Back to back playoff berths were not to be, however, as the Wings fell to the Knighthawks 11-8 to finish the season 5th in the East.

2011 and Beyond[edit]

In 2011, after 2 miserable seasons with Dave Huntley as coach, the Wings appointed former Wings player John Tucker to the head coaching position. After winning two championships with the Wings while they were in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League in 1989 and 1990, Tucker had success in coaching the now defunct Baltimore Thunder and Pittsburgh Crossefire.

2011 started out well for Tucker and the Wings. After a slow start at home against Boston and Buffalo, Philadelphia ended January on a 3 game winning streak, taking two games from Colorado, and blowing out Boston on the road. Strong play from Max Seibald and goaltender Brandon Miller highlighted these wins, and put the Wings half a game out of first place. Shortly thereafter, the Wings season began to crumble. After an up and down February, which saw Philadelphia split with Buffalo, and lose in Rochester, the season bottomed out, with the Wings losing 7 out of their last 8 games, and finishing with a 5-11 record, 5 and a half games out of first place and tied with Dave Huntley in 2010 for the worst season record of all time. In June 2011, Tucker announced he was stepping down from the head coaching position to focus on his position as the Wings new director of U.S. collegiate scouting efforts.[10]

On July 25, current Wings General Manager Johnny Mouradian became the team's new head coach. Mouradian had previously served as President, General Manager, and Advisor to the 2010 NLL Champs, the Washington Stealth.[11] Mouradian wasted little time in shaping the 2012 season by trading Athan Ianucci to the Edmonton Rush with teammates Alex Turner and Brodie McDonald, along with Philadelphia's first round draft picks in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In exchange, the Wings acquired Edmonton transition player Brodie Merrill, Rush forwards Dean Hill, Mike McLellan, and Edmonton's 41st selection in the 2011 entry draft, and the 4th round selection in 2013.[12]

On July 11, 2014, the Philadelphia Wings announced through their home page that the franchise was looking to relocate for the 2015 season. Citing the increasing saturation of the Philadelphia sports marketplace, “My love for the Wings and my connection with the city has made this move all the more difficult,” said Wings Owner and Team President Michael French. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of our Philadelphia supporters over the past 28 years.

“The financial model in a market with so many sport and entertainment alternatives has proven to be unsustainable,” added French. “Finding a new venue with new strategic partners was the only way to ensure financial stability.”

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Awards and honors[edit]

Year Player Award
1989 John Tucker Championship Game MVP
1990 Brad Kotz Championship Game MVP
1994 Tom Marechek Rookie of the Year
Paul Gait Championship Game MVP
1995 Gary Gait Most Valuable Player
Gary Gait Championship Game MVP
1996 Gary Gait Most Valuable Player
1997 Gary Gait Most Valuable Player
1998 Dallas Eliuk Champion's Cup MVP (series and game 1)
Bill Miller Champion's Cup MVP (game 2)
2001 Tony Resch Coach of the Year
Russ Cline Executive of the Year
Dallas Eliuk Champion's Cup MVP
2006 Sean Greenhalgh Sportsmanship Award[14]
2008 Athan Iannucci Most Valuable Player[15]

NLL Hall of Fame members[edit]

NLL records held[edit]

Fan support and traditions[edit]

Philadelphia fans are known for their passionate support of their team, and the less than hospitable treatment of opposing players. In a poll of the players, over 62% stated that Wings fans have screamed the filthiest and nastiest things at them in the league.[17]

Of the fans, goaltender Rob Blasdell said "They truly are the best fans in the league. They're probably the most knowledgeable fans in the league. It would kind of be the same as playing for the Leafs in Toronto They're very, very passionate."[18] Philadelphia fans enjoy the physical aspect of the game,[19] leading Geoff Snider to comment:"The Philly fans are great. They are very loyal and they get behind it," he said. "I got a standing ovation once for a roughing penalty. I'd never seen anything like that before."[20]

Fans traditions start right from the national anthem, when fans can be heard making a 'tsch' sound at the end of each line, mocking a recording that was used by the Wings in the early years where the only audible portion of the song was the cymbal crashes. During the introductions of the opposing team, each players' name is followed by a call of "sucks", a tradition that has been extended to the opposing coaches, trainers, and the game officials. The local shot clock operator has escaped the jeering, and is instead cheered.

During the game, the opposing goalie is often the target of fan's heckling. The most common chant is to remind the goalie 'It's all your fault' after every goal they allow. More recently, the crowd in some sections have taken to 'beeping' like a truck in reverse any time a goalie backs up.

The most notable tradition of all is the dueling "W-I-N-G-S" cheers.[19] The side of the arena with the penalty boxes have long been led by "Chopper", a Wings superfan with face paint and a hard hat, well known around the league making opposing players who find their way to the penalty box regret their time there.[17] The bench side has going through many leaders, from "Big Gabe" (father of Scott Gabrielson, a Wings captain in the 1990s) to "Big E" to Chasmo, and now "The Captain" and "Morpheus" or as he made himself known as during the second half of the game on February 29, 2008, "Doctor Lacrosse". While the leader of the chants aren't always the same from year to year, the "W-I-N-G-S WINGS!" cheer hasn't died out at all, and is still prevalent at every game.

The song "Welcome to the Jungle" has become an anthem of the team, with the song often being played in the last few moments of the game when the Wings need a critical goal or a key defensive stop, and it never fails to get the crowd off their seats and into a frenzy. All of these traditions have made Philadelphia one of the hardest arenas in the NLL for a road team to get a win.

Roster[edit]

Philadelphia Wings roster
Active (23-man) roster Inactive roster Coaches
Goaltenders
  • 95 Canada Don Alton
  • 51 Canada Evan Kirk
Defensemen
  • 13 United States Brett Manney
  •  5 United States Michael Manley
  • 84 United States Brian Megill
  • 55 United States Chad Wiedmaier
  • 84 United States Brian Megill
  • 29 United States Mike Poppleton
  • 31 United States John Ranagan
Forwards
  • 91 United States Kevin Buchanan
  • 21 Canada Kevin Crowley
  • 44 Canada Jordan Hall
  • 63 Canada Tracey Kelusky
  • 71 Canada Kevin Ross
  • 14 Canada Pat Saunders
  • 99 United States Garrett Thul
  •  4 Canada Ryan Ward
Transition
Practice Squad
  •  6 United States Michael Diehl
  • 37 United States Eric Hoffman
  • 33 United States Bill McGlone
Unable to play
Head Coach
  • Blane Harrison
Assistant Coaches
  • Tom Slate
  • Tom Hajek

Legend
  • * Suspended list
  • (C) Captain
  • (A) Alternate captain

Roster updated 2012-08-10
NLL Transactions


All time record[edit]

Season Division W-L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
1987   3-3 2nd 2-1 1-2 86 82 Steve Wey Lost in semifinals
1988   3-5 3rd 2-2 1-3 97 90 Steve Wey Lost in semifinals
1989   6-2 1st 4-0 2-2 122 96 Dave Evans Won Championship
1990   6-2 2nd 3-1 3-1 89 82 Dave Evans Won Championship
1991 American 5-5 3rd 3-2 2-3 129 131 Dave Evans Missed playoffs
1992 American 3-5 2nd 1-3 2-2 106 109 Dave Evans Lost Championship
1993 American 7-1 1st 4-0 3-1 121 86 Dave Evans Lost Championship
1994 American 6-2 1st 4-0 2-2 127 89 Mike French Won Championship
1995   7-1 1st 4-0 3-1 115 94 Tony Resch Won Championship
1996   8-2 T-1st 4-1 4-1 165 114 Tony Resch Lost Championship
1997   7-3 1st 3-2 4-1 137 115 Tony Resch Lost in semifinals
1998   9-3 1st 3-3 6-0 166 148 Tony Resch Won Championship
1999   5-7 4th 4-2 1-5 153 153 Tony Resch Lost in semifinals
2000   7-5 4th 4-2 3-3 172 165 Tony Resch Lost in semifinals
2001   10-4 2nd 6-1 4-3 205 177 Tony Resch Won Championship
2002 Eastern 8-8 2nd 6-2 2-6 222 237 Adam Mueller Lost in Quarterfinals
2003 Eastern 8-8 2nd 6-2 2-6 203 209 Adam Mueller Missed playoffs
2004 Eastern 7-9 4th 3-5 4-4 192 198 Adam Mueller Missed playoffs
2005 Eastern 6-10 4th 3-5 3-5 213 218 Lindsay Sanderson Missed playoffs
2006 Eastern 8-8 5th 5-3 3-5 184 184 Lindsay Sanderson Missed playoffs
2007 Eastern 6-10 6th 4-4 2-6 178 186 Lindsay Sanderson Missed playoffs
2008 Eastern 10-6 4th 7-1 3-5 225 220 Dave Huntley Lost in Quarterfinals
2009 Eastern 7-9 5th 4-4 3-5 188 193 Dave Huntley Missed playoffs
2010 Eastern 5-11 6th 3-5 2-6 168 194 Dave Huntley Missed playoffs
2011 Eastern 5-11 5th 2-6 3-5 189 133 John Tucker Missed playoffs
2012 Eastern 7-9 3rd 3-5 4-4 176 207 Johnny Mouradian Lost in Division Semifinal
2013 Eastern 7-9 3rd 4-4 3-5 170 207 Johnny Mouradian Lost in Division Semifinal
2014 Eastern 6-10 4th 2-7 4-3 202 218 Blaine Harrison Missed Playoffs
Total 28 seasons 182-168   104-73 77-95 4,496 4,345    
Playoff Totals   16-11   10-4 6-7 352 320    

Playoff results[edit]

Season Game Visiting Home
1987 Semifinals Washington 20 Philadelphia 15
1988 Semifinals Philadelphia 10 New Jersey 12
1989 Championship New York 10 Philadelphia 11
1990 Semifinals New York 8 Philadelphia 9
Championship Philadelphia 17 New England 7
1992 Division Semifinal Baltimore 12 Philadelphia 14
Division Final Philadelphia 8 New York 6
Championship Buffalo 11 Philadelphia 10 (OT)
1993 Division Final New York 9 Philadelphia 17
Championship Philadelphia 12 Buffalo 13
1994 Division Final New York 7 Philadelphia 17
Championship Philadelphia 26 Buffalo 15
1995 Semifinals Philadelphia 19 Buffalo 16
Championship Rochester 14 Philadelphia 15 OT
1996 Semifinals Boston 8 Philadelphia 10
Championship Philadelphia 10 Buffalo 15
1997 Semifinals Rochester 15 Philadelphia 13
1998 Semifinals Buffalo 12 Philadelphia 17
Championship (Game 1) Baltimore 12 Philadelphia 16
Championship (Game 2) Philadelphia 17 Baltimore 12
1999 Semifinals Philadelphia 2 Toronto 13
2000 Semifinals Philadelphia 10 Toronto 14
2001 Semifinals Rochester 11 Philadelphia 12
Championships Philadelphia 9 Toronto 8
2002 Quarterfinals Washington 12 Philadelphia 11
2008 Division Semifinal Philadelphia 12 Buffalo 14
2012 Division Semifinal Philadelphia 13 Rochester 14
2013 Division Semifinal Philadelphia 8 Rochester 10

Head coaching history[edit]

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
 1  Steve Wey 19871988 14 6 8 .429 2 0 2 .000
2 Dave Evans 19891993 42 27 15 .643 8 6 2 .750
3 Mike French 1994 8 6 2 .750 2 2 0 1.000
4 Tony Resch 19952001 78 53 25 .679 12 8 4 .667
5 Adam Mueller 20022004 48 23 25 .479 1 0 1 .000
6 Lindsay Sanderson 20052007 48 20 28 .417
7 Dave Huntley 20082010 48 22 26 .458 1 0 1 .000
8 John Tucker 2011 16 5 11 .312
9 Johnny Mouradian 2012-2013 32 14 18 .438 2 0 2 .000
10 Blane Harrison 2014 18 6 12 .333 - - - -

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Philly, R.A. (August 29, 2005). "Brodie Merrill joins brother as #1 draft picks". Outsider's Guide to the NLL. Retrieved 2007-03-16. 
  2. ^ Philly, R.A. (September 13, 2006). "Stealth doubles up with Benesch, Sorensen atop draft". Outsider's Guide to the NLL. Retrieved 2007-03-16. 
  3. ^ Philly, R.A. (December 16, 2006). "Wings trade for Wailes, wait on Snider". Outsider's Guide to the NLL. Retrieved 2007-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Wings Relieve Coaching Staff of Duties". NLL.com. April 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  5. ^ "Wings Hire Dave Huntley as Head Coach". NLL.com. June 8, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  6. ^ "Three Team Blockbuster Trade announced". NLL.com. July 24, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  7. ^ "Trade Frenzy: Six players dealt". NLL.com. March 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  8. ^ "Iannucci Breaks Single-Season Goals Record". NLL.com. April 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  9. ^ "Snider Breaks Loose Ball Record". NLL.com. April 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  10. ^ "WINGS HEAD COACH JOHN TUCKER STEPS DOWN TO ASSUME ROLE AS U.S. COLLEGIATE SCOUT". Wingslax.com. June 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  11. ^ "PHILADELPHIA WINGS GENERAL MANAGER JOHNNY MOURADIAN TO ASSUME HEAD COACHING RESPONSIBILITIES". Wingslax.com. July 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  12. ^ "Wings Acquire Brodie Merrill in Six-Player Deal". Laxpower.com. August 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  13. ^ http://www.wingslax.com/news_article/show/401766?referrer_id=626790
  14. ^ "Greenhalgh Wins Bowflex Sportsmanship Award". NLL website. May 1, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  15. ^ "Athan Iannucci Wins Reebok MVP Award". NLL.com. May 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  16. ^ a b These players were not inducted into the Hall of Fame as Wings, but played a part of their career in Philadelphia.
  17. ^ a b Tutka, Paul (February 15, 2008). "NLL Player Poll: Players, fans and Stephen Hoar". NLLInsider.com. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  18. ^ Flemming, Matt (January 31, 2008). "Blasdell with Lacrosse for life". Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  19. ^ a b Wells, Steven (February 28, 2008). "The very angry face of lacrosse". Blogs.Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  20. ^ "Mixin' it up with Geoff Snider". NLL.com. June 15, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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Major Indoor Lacrosse League Champions
1989, 1990
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1994, 1995
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Buffalo Bandits
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Rochester Knighthawks (MILL)
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1998
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