KW Braves Online Store

The Braves are very excited to launch our new online store providing a great variety of shirts, jackets, hats and accessories all with the Braves logo.  There are sizes for men, women and children. You won’t be disappointed.  All purchases are done by credit card and shipped to your door.  You can order one of any item.

To give it a try, here is your link :http://urstore.ca/sports/ca/ontario/kitchener/kw-jr-a-braves

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Braves All-Time Penalty Leaders

As promised on Twitter yesterday, here are the results for penalty leaders for the Braves.  A shout out to Ralph Gubler for selecting his former teammate Brad Hause as the leader.  What is just as surprising as Brad’s penalty minutes is that he is 5th in all time scoring.  Just imagine if he stayed out of the box.  Brad is now an accomplished lawyer and most of those minutes were a by product of deliberating(arguing) the call.  Please note current assistant coach Eric Martin is #7, just imagine him trying to tell his guys “no stupid penalties”.

Not all players played the same number of games so we looked at the stats as average minutes per game.  Four of the top five played from 1967-1970, must have had sensitive referees or these guys were a bit off of their rockers.  Also, please not that Ron Keleher is the father of current assistant coach Steve Keleher, not sure Steve has the same family trait as his dad.

Here are the results..penalties

Hallman rides into lacrosse hall of fame

 

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Waterloo Region Record

KITCHENER — Lawrie Hallman remembers when he and his boisterous 12-year-old teammates would pile into his dad’s 1966 Plymouth sedan for a road game in Fergus.

 

“Room for three across the front and three or four in the back,” Hallman recalled. “No air, windows down, no seatbelts, one radio station if you were lucky.”

 

His dad, Howard, never played lacrosse. But Howard’s sons Ray and Lawrie did and that meant he would be there to do whatever needed doing — from chauffeuring as many of Lawrie’s pals as could squeeze into the car, to serving as team president.

 

That can-do attitude was the start of a Hallman clan pledge, one that has transformed over the years into a family tradition.

 

Lawrie, now 62 and soon to be inducted into the builders’ wing of the Ontario Lacrosse’s hall of fame, is riding into his fifth decade in the sport — with the windows rolled down and the radio cranked up.

 

Those lessons learned from his dad are the same ones Lawrie has imparted to his own son, Corey, 44, and to his grandson, seven-year-old Ryder, who plays tyke lacrosse in the local association.

 

“We are just dumb enough to stay in the game,” Lawrie, self-deprecating as always, said about his family’s commitment to the game.

 

But Lawrie, the longtime president and board member of the Jr. A lacrosse’s Kitchener-Waterloo Braves and the team’s former coach and GM, loves lacrosse so much he can hardly imagine life without it.

 

And, the Braves can hardly imagine lacrosse without him.

 

When programs need printing, sponsors need to be lined up, the team’s golf tournaments needs to be organized or an alumni association needs to be launched, Lawrie is just the man.

 

“He’s been the backbone of the organization for decades,” said Corey, the Braves’ GM. “He’s super passionate about it. He just really wants to see the Braves be successful.”

 

And so when Lawrie watches as the team’s players transform from 17-year-old kids to grown men with families and successful careers of their own, he is certain his work has meant something.

“It just really makes you proud,” said Lawrie, the vice-president of information technology for a Kitchener-based industrial supply company. “I don’t like to boast about it. But I am proud of it.”

 

During his playing days with the Braves, Lawrie was known as an undersized forward who could run, score and make plays with the best of them.

 

To this day, Lawrie Hallman’s name is still among the top 50 assists leaders on the all-time Ontario Jr. B scoring list.

 

Corey, who arrived on the scene while his dad was still in the junior ranks, rode the Braves’ buses with the team in his diapers.

 

“Most of my childhood memories involve being around my dad and lacrosse,” said Corey, who went on to become the Braves’ water boy, then its captain, won a couple national titles with Brampton and the old Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks and briefly played pro lacrosse. “I don’t know any different.”

 

Of course, Lawrie coached his son through his minor lacrosse days and then became an assistant coach for the Braves in 1984. Lawrie took over the bench duties two years later and won a pair of Founders Cup Jr. B national titles in 1987 and ’88.   In 1991, Lawrie spearheaded the drive to reclassify the team as a Jr. A squad and helped to organize the Minto Cup championship in Waterloo in 2003.

 

Behind the scenes, Lawrie helped build one of the National Lacrosse League’s premier incubators, a minor and junior system that churned out professional stars like Steve (Chugger) Dietrich, Colin Doyle, Ryan Benesch and Dhane Smith.

 

These days, Corey’s son, Ryder, proudly wears No. 12 in the tyke ranks, the same number his grandfather and dad wore.

 

“Lacrosse breeds good men,” Lawrie said.

 

Hallman will be inducted into the Ontario lacrosse hall of fame at a dinner in Niagara Falls on Nov. 5.

 

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HALLMAN CLAN From left, Corey Hallman, son Ryder and father Lawrie pose inside the Kinsmen arena. The Hallman name is one of the backbones of local lacrosse in Kitchener Waterloo. Lawrie is being inducted in to the Ontario lacrosse hall of fame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Braves Eliminated from Playoffs by Northmen

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On Wednesday evening in the Bunny Barn the Braves went down to defeat and were eliminated from the playoffs by the Orangeville Northmen 11-8.  Cooler heads prevailed after a very spirited game the previous night in Kitchener.  As much as this is disheartening for the current players, management and fans, it exciting to see the compete level of this young KW team.  The 2017 season will be the same team with the exception of overagers Pat Masterson, Cody Filson, Drake Smith and Chandler Allen.  We wish these 4 gentlemen the best of luck in their future lacrosse and life endeavours.  

Rookie goalie Steven Orleman once again was outstanding in goal and with four years of eligibility remaining, the future looks good between the pipes.  Leading the way last night was Drake Smith with 3 goals and 3 assists, a great game for the fifth year Brave.

Thank you to everyone for their support in 2016.  Best of luck to the Orangeville Northmen.

 

For game details, click here:

http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/gamesheet_full.html?gameid=2918412

Braves drop Game 2 – a great battle on East Ave.

It was a battle to the finish at Kinsmen Arena last night where the veteran laden Orangeville Northmen defeated the KW Braves 9-8.  The crowd was presented with a spirited and fast paced game of lacrosse intermixed with some fisticuffs, melees, tough defence and all in all,  exciting lacrosse.  All that said the Braves backs are up against the wall and now face elimination tonight in game 3 of the series in Orangeville.  

Here is the game summary.

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Despite a good defensive effort by the Braves and solid goaltending by Steven Orleman, the Braves weren’t a match for the 2nd place Northmen in Game 1, losing 8-4.

Game 2 is Tuesday night, 8:00pm at Kinsmen Arena.

Trivia:  The last time these two teams met in the playoffs was 1998 when the Braves were led by Colin Doyle and the Northmen by Josh Sanderson.  Looking for a different result as the Northmen swept the Braves 4-0 in ’98.

GAME DETAILS FROM GM 1

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
Orangeville NorthmenJoel Tinney (Adam Charalambides) 9:44
Orangeville NorthmenLucas Ducharme (Matt Vangalen, Andy Campbell) 15:04
2nd Period
Orangeville NorthmenZac Masson (Jamie McMahon) 1:37
Orangeville NorthmenJoel Tinney (Davis Neal, Mackenzie Mitchell) 2:04
Kitchener-Waterloo BravesJordan Goddard (Zack Dybowski, Steven Orleman) 8:26
Orangeville NorthmenAndy Campbell (Austin Divitcos) 9:09
3rd Period
Orangeville NorthmenDallas Bridle (Adam Charalambides) 1:31
Kitchener-Waterloo BravesJackson Reid (Tye Kurtz (AP), Drake Smith) 7:09
Orangeville NorthmenLucas Ducharme (Joel Tinney, Adam Charalambides) 7:40
Kitchener-Waterloo BravesDavis McKenzie AP (Tye Kurtz (AP), Jake Stevens) 8:11
Orangeville NorthmenChristopher Willman (unassisted) 8:17
Kitchener-Waterloo BravesJackson Reid (Drake Smith, Tye Kurtz (AP)) 13:13
PENALTIES
1st Period
Kitchener-Waterloo BravesCody Filson – (Holding), 2 min, 15:34
Orangeville NorthmenScott DelZotto – (Fighting Major), 5 min, 19:26
Orangeville NorthmenScott DelZotto – (Fighting Game Misconduct 0), 10 min, 19:26
Kitchener-Waterloo BravesJohn Nay – (Fighting Major), 5 min, 19:26
Kitchener-Waterloo BravesJohn Nay – (Fighting Game Misconduct 0), 10 min, 19:26
Orangeville NorthmenAndy Campbell – (Roughing), 2 min, 19:26
Kitchener-Waterloo BravesConnor Cole – (Roughing), 2 min, 19:26
2nd Period
Orangeville NorthmenMatt Gilray – (Illegal Cross Checking), 2 min, 6:03
Orangeville NorthmenDallas Bridle – (Roughing), 2 min, 15:31
Kitchener-Waterloo BravesCody Filson – (Roughing), 2 min, 15:31
Orangeville NorthmenAustin Divitcos – (High Sticking), 2 min, 18:27
Kitchener-Waterloo BravesConnor Cole – (Slashing), 2 min, 19:59
3rd Period
Orangeville NorthmenChristopher Willman – (Holding), 2 min, 6:56
Orangeville NorthmenDallas Bridle – (Roughing), 2 min, 18:10
Kitchener-Waterloo BravesConnor Cole – (Roughing), 2 min, 18:10
Orangeville NorthmenAndy Campbell – (Roughing), 2 min, 19:15
Kitchener-Waterloo BravesJonah Boehm (AP) – (Roughing), 2 min, 19:15

 

2016 Braves – Ready for Round 1

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Let the Battle Begin !!!

1st round

League Final Standings

Below are the 2016 final standings for Junior A Lacrosse.  The first round of playoffs will begin as early as Sunday, a best of five series.  There will be four series, 1st place vs 8th place, 2nd place vs 7th place, 3rd place vs 6th place and 4th place vs 5th place.

As it stands now, the Braves will face Six Nations Arrows but due to an appeal meeting this evening which could impact the standings, scheduling will not be available until Friday.


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Dual-sport captain Connor Cole knows a thing or two about leadership and the Kinsmen Arena

colesWaterloo Chronicle   By Adam Jackson
Every fall and spring, Connor Cole has to switch stalls.
“I just have to get a different seat every time. It’s a long time to spend in one stall,” said Cole, who essentially lives in bowels of The Aud year-round.
Cole, a forward, is the captain of the K-W Braves Junior A lacrosse team and he’s also captain of the Junior B Kitchener Dutchmen hockey team.
Both teams use the exact same facilities at Kinsmen Arena inside The Aud — from the dressing room to the laundry room.
In total, Cole spends nine to ten months of the year in the arena, three to four nights a week for both the Dutchmen and Braves.
And while hockey and lacrosse may be very similar sports, the two teams couldn’t be any more different.
The Dutchmen, a perennial powerhouse in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) loop, are consistently a veteran squad made up of older junior players.
The Braves, which will enter the playoffs shortly, are a young team — and they recently got a whole lot younger.
The Braves traded away last-shot forward Chris Cloutier to the rival Six Nations Arrows in exchange for a pair of young prospects, along with cash and a draft pick.
So for Cole, who still has one full season of hockey and lacrosse left in his junior career, his job changes just a little.
“He’s a guy who leads by example and shows the guys what it means to compete,” said Chris Driscoll, the K-W Braves’ head coach, who is in his second year coaching the team.
Driscoll, who played 20 seasons in the National Lacrosse League with the Detroit Turbos, Rochester Knighthawks, Buffalo Bandits, New York Saints and Toronto Rock, played Junior A lacrosse while playing in the OHL, so he understands the type it takes to play both sports at such a high level at the same time.
“He’s really the example of the type of athlete who excels at that,” said Driscoll.
Cole agrees that being the captain of the Braves is a role that requires him to set a positive example over really getting into coaching the young players.
“These guys are all extremely talented,” said Cole. “It’s just about setting a good example for them. Some guys don’t bring the same game every night because they’re just learning.”
Admittedly quiet, Cole says he picks his spots when it comes to stepping in and giving direction.
“Hearing it from another player who has been here for a while — you seem to get more out of it than if it comes from a coach,” he said.
Cole, who was named captain of the Braves as a fourth-year player at the beginning of this season, said the title is a compliment.
“It’s humbling. Obviously people respect me and know what I bring to the table as a leader and as a player,” said Cole.
Greg Bignell, head coach of the Kitchener Dutchmen, named Cole captain at the beginning of the 2015-2016 season.
“Connor leads by example. Plays hard practices hard. Good example for our young guys. (He) has taken a leadership role last year and we are excited to see this year how he has developed into his leadership responsibilities,” said Bignell in an email.
The Braves will be up against a very familiar face in the first round of the playoffs.
Cloutier and the second-place Six Nations Arrows will face the Braves in the opening round of the playoffs. Initially in first place, the Arrows were penalized for using an illegal player — a move which cost the team four wins.
“We’re going to have to play perfect lacrosse to beat them,” said Driscoll.
While many players decide to specialize in either one sport or the other, the decision to stay with both was simple for Cole.
“I was still able to compete at a high level in both sports, so I didn’t see any reason to stop either one,” he said. “I just wanted to keep going with both of them to see where they could go.”
As soon as lacrosse ends — and at this point, it could be a little while until it does — Cole will embrace the little bit of time off that he gets before the Kitchener Dutchmen camp in August. That gives him about a month and a half off this summer.
The two seasons are so close together that there is a little bit of an overlap in the spring.
Through his career, Kinsmen Arena has been home to some special moments — a 25-game winning streak with the Dutchmen in his rookie year and some big wins with the Braves.
Starting next week, the Braves look to make more memories. For an updated playoff schedule, visit olajralacrosse.pointstreaksites.com.