Former Braves goalies share crease in Georgia

Dynamic duo

Four goaltenders attended the same National Lacrosse League training camp and all four hailed from Kitchener.

Crazier yet, when all was said and done, all four made the team.

Mike Poulin will get the starting assignment Saturday night when the Georgia Swarm open their regular-season schedule against New England Wolves at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Ga.

Kevin Orleman will serve as Poulin’s backup, while Steven Orleman and Craig Wende have been assigned to the team’s four-man practice squad. The Swarm unveiled their 21-man roster Monday after an intense two-week training camp that saw the four goaltenders support each other while trying to outperform each other.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. The fact there are four goalies from the same city in the entire league would be very rare, the fact we all wound up trying out for the same time is incredible,” said Poulin.

“Everyone had great training camps, to the point where the Swarm decided to make goaltending a position of depth and hang on to all four of us. That’s the coolness of the situation, that all four guys made the team.”

Poulin will celebrate his 33rd birthday on Monday, two days after embarking on his 14th NLL season. He won a league championship with Georgia two years ago and has also earned individual awards during his storied career that started with the Toronto Rock and included stops with the Boston Blazers and Calgary Roughnecks.

Kevin Orleman, 22, has followed Poulin’s career for as long as he can remember and looks back fondly on summer camps and one-on-one training sessions with his future teammate. He also recalls family trips to the Air Canada Centre to see Poulin play and thinking how cool it would be to play the game professionally, with thousands of spectators looking on.

“We have a Mike Poulin Toronto Rock jersey from when I was like six years old, so playing with him is like being a kid at Disney World,” said Orleman.

“This is a guy I idolized growing up, a guy who used to come to my practices and teach me how to play goalie and now I’m his teammate. How cool is that?”

Georgia’s top goalies are at very different stages of their lives.

Poulin is a married father of three who works weekdays for Waterloo-based Clearpath Robotics before hitting the road on Friday night to join his Georgia teammates. The Swarm’s 18-game schedule features nine games at home, as well as road contests against Toronto, Philadelphia, New England, Rochester, Colorado, Buffalo and Calgary.

This week’s schedule includes a 6 p.m. flight to Atlanta, a 9 p.m. practice and a Saturday morning shootaround. He will return home early Sunday morning.

It’s a hectic schedule that Poulin doesn’t see himself continuing for too much longer. He has already decided to put an end to his summer season — he played for the Brooklin Redmen this year — and said he will likely leave the winter game behind him in the next year or two. To get his summer fix, Poulin will fill a coaching role with the Kitchener-Waterloo Jr. Braves next year.

“I’ve gone from a year-by-year mentality to a day-by-day mentality. Physically, I feel like I can play for a number of years but I want to be there when my kids start playing hockey on Saturday mornings and I feel like I’ve missed out on enough Christmas parties, birthdays and family events,” he said.

“I’m certainly not going to close the door on anything but I see it closing sooner than later.”

Orleman is at the other end of the career path.

The University of Guelph economics student earned a spot on the Swarm roster last season but was sidelined by mononucleosis and missed the first half of the season. He captured the backup role upon his return but didn’t see any action.

He has no idea what to expect this season but has no problem playing behind Poulin and learning the ropes.

“I’m not too concerned about my playing time and whatnot, whenever it happens, I’ve got to go in and make the most of it. Mike is a talented goalie, one of the best in the league, and I just want to learn as much as I can from him and if I’m called upon, go in and do the best I can,” said Orleman, who played for the Cobourg Kodiaks this past summer.

“I’m in no rush and won’t regret holding off on getting a big-boy job at the expense of living my dream for a few extra years.”

As practice squad players, Steven Orleman, 19, and Wende, 27, are eligible to play in the Ontario-based Arena Lacrosse League and will fly solo to Swarm games as the team’s third-string goaltender.

The NLL season, which was delayed for two weeks by a labour dispute, opens this weekend with three games on the schedule. Elsewhere, the Buffalo Bandits take on the Philadelphia Wings and the Vancouver Warriors face the Calgary Roughnecks.

Kitchener natives Dhane Smith plays for the Bandits and Chris Cloutier is a rookie for the Wings.

Ryan Benesch, another Kitchener product, plays for the Colorado Mammoth and opens his season next weekend against the San Diego Seals.

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Braves Announce 2019 Coaching Staff

Let’s meet the coaches !!!

The KW Braves are very pleased to announce the addition of three Braves Alumni to the coaching staff, Mike Poulin, Ryan Bensesch and Scott Tinning.

From left to right:  Mike Poulin, Ryan Benesch, Chris Driscoll, Scott Tinning, Kevin Lorch

 

Braves New Board of Directors

Last night the KW Braves held their 2018 AGM and are pleased to announce our new board of directors.  Thanks to those who have helped in the past and welcome to our new members.

 

KW Braves Executive


Fred Rooymans      President

Mike Poulin             VP, Sponsorship/Promotions

Lawrie Hallman     VP, Lacrosse & General Mgr

Cassandra Eagles   Treasurer

Jay Martin                Secretary

Board of Directors Members

Jeff Williamson

Dave Povey

Trevor Kurtz

Scott Fox

Team Management

Chris Driscoll     Head Coach

Kevin Lorch        Asst Head Coach

Jeff Willamson  Asst General Mgr

Ryan Benesch     Asst Coach

Scott Tinning      Asst Coach

Mike Poulin        Asst Coach

Braves Alumni Hockey Pool

The KW Braves Alumni Regular Season Hockey Pool in support of the KW Braves Junior “A”  lacrosse team is now ready for your entries.  This hockey pool is open to anyone and everyone, family, friends, coworkers, neighbours and foes.  This is a 50/50 pool with winnings going to the Top 3.  Winnings are dispersed at a 50/30/20 split.

 This is a box selection pool where you make one selection from each box.  There are 25 boxes, 18 with skaters, 3 with goalies and 4 with teams.

DEADLINE is MONDAY OCTOBER 8th, 7:00PM.

How to register.

1.     Go to www.hockeydraft.ca   <- click this link

2.     Login with “pool username” of  kwbraves

3.     “Pool password” is regular

4.      Click SIGNIN

5.      Click on ENTRY FORM –  top left side of the screen on grey menu bar

6.     Fill in your name, email address and a password which is used for “Trash Talk”

7.      Make a selection in all 25 boxes and once completed with all selections, click SUBMIT ENTRY  – do not hit SUBMIT ENTRY until you have made all of your selections.

PAYMENT

Cost is $25.  Cash or cheque made out to KW Lacrosse Alumni – mailing address Lawrie Hallman, 699 Munich Circle, Waterloo, N2V 2L6

Alternatively you can e-Transfer funds to lhallman@webersupply.com

 GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT !!!

Braves Host Arrows Tonight

Excelsiors defeat Braves 11-5

For full game details click link below.

http://olajra.stats.pointstreak.com/gamesheet_full.html?gameid=3319001

Braves Highlights of Win over Mimico

Click Below for Game Highlights:


Braves have solid 60 minutes in victory over Mimico.

The Braves led from from the start of this game and with another solid effort between the pipes by Stephen Orleman, the Braves took down the Mimico Mountaineers 11-6.   They return to action tomorrow evening when travel to Brampton to face the ever tough Eccelsiors

For or full game details click link below:

http://olajra.stats.pointstreak.com/gamesheet_full.html?gameid=3318998

 

Braves face Mimico tonight !! Don’t miss it.

Braves host Brampton Excelsiors on Sunday May 27th

Big win in St. Cataherines – Braves go to 3-0

A big second period, scoring 8 straight goals, helped the Braves overcome a slow first period and cruise to an 11-5 victory over the St. Catharines Athletics.  The Braves return to action Friday night when they travel to Toronto Beaches.  The Braves next home game is Sunday night when they face the Brampton Excelsiors, game time 7:00PM at the Kinsmen Arena.

See below or click link for game details.   http://pointstreak.com/prostats/gamesheet_full.html?gameid=3318984

 

Braves Start Season 2-0

Check out highlights from Sunday nights win at home over the Peterborough Lakers.

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Highlights and interviews from local lacrosse on Sunday night at Kinsmen Arena. Brought to you by Epoch Lacrosse Canada.

Click this link:  519sportsonline.ca/video.php?videoID=446

Braves host Peterborough Lakers on Sunday

Game 1 – Braves victory over Barrie Lakeshore

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=U7JUnxB4XlU

Click link above to see game highlights !!

game 1 2018

Former Brave, Mike Poulin, giving back to the students

mikepoulin

Braves Alumni Playoff Hockey Pool

The KW Braves Alumni Playoff Hockey Pool in support of the KW Braves Junior “A”  lacrosse team is now ready for your entries.  This hockey pool is open to anyone and everyone, family, friends, coworkers, neighbours and foes.  This is a 50/50 pool with winnings going to the Top 3.  Winnings are dispersed at a 50/30/20 split.

 This is a box selection pool where you make one selection from each box.  There are 25 boxes, 18 with skaters, 3 with goalies and 4 with teams.

DEADLINE is FRIDAY APRIL 13th @ 7:00pm EST.

How to register.

1.     Go to www.hockeydraft.ca   <- click this link

 2.     Login with “pool username” of  kwbraves

 3.     “Pool password” is playoffs

4.      Click SIGNIN

5.      Click on ENTRY FORM –  top left side of the screen on grey menu bar

6.     Fill in your name, email address and a password which is used for “Trash Talk”

7.      Make a selection in all 25 boxes and once completed with all selections, click SUBMIT ENTRY  – do not hit SUBMIT ENTRY until you have made all of your selections.

PAYMENT

Cost is $25.  Cash or cheque made out to KW Lacrosse Alumni – mailing address Lawrie Hallman, 699 Munich Circle, Waterloo, N2V 2L6

Alternatively you can e-Transfer funds to lhallman@webersupply.com

 GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT !!!

URGENT

Calling All Singers!

The KW Braves are looking for individuals to sing the National Anthem at our home games this 2018 season. We are looking for soloists, duets or groups to create a welcoming atmosphere for our fans! Please email victoria.wood@hotmail.ca for inquiries and more information!

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Trade Alert

Braves make a 3 way blockbuster trade with Burlington Chiefs Junior A Lacrosse & Orangeville Junior A Northmen. Braves send Damon Currie & 2020 draft pick to Burlington in exchange for Orangville’s power forward Scott Del Zotto & veteran goalie Keaton Dale #BEABRAVE
THANK YOU! Damon Currie for your time with the Braves! All the best with the Burlington Chiefs!
WELCOME! Scott Del Zotto & Keaton Dale to the Braves! #beabrave