TORONTO. - Back in January of 2021, the Junior Lacrosse scene in Ontario got shook up like it's never been shook before. The Six Nations Arrows made a bold announcement that it would no longer play in the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League (OJALL) but move to the brand-new Tewaaraton Lacrosse League (TLL) as it is inaugural team.
TORONTO. - Many years ago to play the game of lacrosse, you had to be skilled in all facets of the game. There was no offense, defense, or special teams distinction, everyone played everywhere. No one was pigeon holed into a certain position their entire careers, and had a chance to develop in all aspects of the game.
TORONTO. - With the Toronto Rock announcing it's relocation to Hamilton, and the First Ontario Centre this past week, Toronto fans have to look past the sorrow of losing their team, and focus on what positives can be taken from it.
TORONTO. - If anyone has ever listened to me, you know that I have always maintained that the National Lacrosse League (NLL) has been sitting on the greatest secret ever by not putting their games on cable television. Over the years the league has used social media such as YouTube, NLLTV app, and lately the B/R Live app (the latter two being pay sites).
TORONTO. - One of the things that excited me when watching lacrosse as a child was never knowing who, or how, a goal was going to be scored. Was the star offensive players going to dive and score? Was the one with the howitzer for a shot going to blast one top cheese (into the top corner of the net)? Maybe a defensive player with speed would play the transition game and outrun his opponents, beating the goalie with a surprise shot? The game was already exciting, just by the sheer speed, skill, and toughness of the players, but that added unknown made this my passion to watch and to play.
TORONTO. - Lacrosse is a traditional indigenous people’s game and was first encountered by Europeans when French Jesuit missionaries in the St. Lawrence Valley witnessed the game in the 1630's. Lacrosse for centuries was seen as a key element of cultural identity and spiritual healing to Native Americans, known as the "Creator's Game" and the "Medicine Game".
TORONTO. - With the recent Fort Worth expansion, and the move of New England to Albany, it is safe to say that Pandemic or not, the National Lacrosse League (NLL) won't let anything come between themselves, and the goals they have set for league growth.