Congratulations – Dr. Steve Macgregor

Congratulations to Dr. Steve Macgregor on being presented the Mr. Merv MacKenzie, presented annualy to the person elected as having done the most promotion of lacrosse in Ontario.
 
Great job Doc !!!

Changes to the Braves Executive

The KW Braves held their 51st AGM last evening and with the resignations of long time President Lawrie Hallman, Secretary Wendy Bernardo and GM Corey Hallman, change had to take place.  Please see below your new Braves Executive.

PRESIDENT -Fred Rooymans

VP, SPONSORSHIP/PROMOTION -Victoria Wood

VP, LACROSSE – Ryan Benesch

TREASURER – Sally Orleman

SECRETARY – Maureen Sweeney

GM/COACH – Chris Driscoll

PAST PRESIDENT – Lawrie Hallman

Board Members :  Tim Orleman, Jeff Williamson, Jamie Hamley, Dave Povey

This is an energized group of individuals looking for an exciting 2018 season.  

A special thanks must go out to Lawrie, Wendy and Corey for the never ending dedication to the Braves.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Braves AGM

REGULAR SEASON HOCKEY POOL – Sign Up Now !!!!

It is that time of year for hockey pools and the KW Braves would love to have you join our pool.  This is a fundraiser and 50% of all proceeds go to the top 3 winners.  This pool is open to everyone so enjoy the fun and sign up.  

The Deadline is Wednesday  October 11th, 7:00PM EST

How to register, PREFERRED METHOD.

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  – only click SUBMIT ENTRY once all selections have been made.

Playoff hockey pool 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 !!!

Hockey Pool – It’s coming soon !!!

2017 Season Is Over – Many Thanks

The KW Braves season ended on July 19th with a loss to Brampton Excelsiors, losing the best of five series 3-0.  All the best to the Excelsiors in their drive for the Minto Cup.  

2017 had a very slow start for the Braves as we awaited the return of numerous players into the lineup.  As we neared the end of the season, the Braves did get on a roll and were able to take the 7th spot in the standings with an exciting OT win in our final game.  Losing the series to Brampton hurt, although we were the underdog, we expected and wanted to win.  The Braves have a youthful core of players and we know our better years lay ahead of us but that doesn’t take the pain away from losing.  The pain is especially hard for the 4 players that are graduating.  We wish these four young men all the best in the future.  You will all be missed but a special thank you to Connor Cole our captain who played his 5 full seasons with the Braves.  Thank you.

To the entire board of directors, thank you for your year round efforts in helping to keep the KW Braves alive and well in junior lacrosse.  We made great strides this year and none of this would have been possible without your dedication.

To our coaching and management staff, Chris Driscoll, Corey HallmanKevin LorchSteve Keleher and Jeff Williamson, thank you for your perseverance, patience and commitment.  2017 didn’t go as planned but the with all of your guidance and leadership, there was no quit in the Braves.  Start planning for next year now, we see good things.

Elora Mohawks, Guelph Regals and Wilmot WIld, thanks to our affiliates for providing the much needed player support when required.  It isn’t always an easy task to coordinate but your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

A huge shout out to our many sponsors who have been more than generous in their support of the Braves.  We certainly appreciate your help in keeping the Braves strong for over 50 years.

And to our fans, wow, our numbers were up considerably this year and we thank you.  Activa was rocking thanks to you.

This was our 50th anniversary season and the celebrations to honour this milestone brought back many players from the past.  It was a year of many memories, some that will remain with us forever.

Keep following us on social media, we will keep everyone updated with the happenings with the Braves.

Thank you

Lawrie Hallman

President

Playoff Schedule – Round 1

50th Anniversary Team

KW BRAVES – Alumni Day and 50th Anniversary Celebration

  • 1988 Canadian Champions - FOUNDERS CUP
    1988 Canadian Champions - FOUNDERS CUP
    Troy Fergusson, Kurt Mask, Carl Becker, Dean Payne, John Jentz, Kevin Heer, Bob Watson, Corey Hallman
  • Braves Alumni - 50 Years of Tradition
    Braves Alumni - 50 Years of Tradition
  • KW Braves Jr A and KW Braves Paperweight
    KW Braves Jr A and KW Braves Paperweight
    Lined up for opening faceoff
  • Lawrie Hallman, President KW Braves,  Jim McCrea, 1st captain of Braves with Mayor Barry Vrbanovic
    Lawrie Hallman, President KW Braves, Jim McCrea, 1st captain of Braves with Mayor Barry Vrbanovic
    Team Captains, Orangeville Mackenzie Mitchell - KW Braves Connor Cole
  • Buddy Johnston, founder in 1967 of Braves and Kitchener Mayor Barry Vrbanovic
    Buddy Johnston, founder in 1967 of Braves and Kitchener Mayor Barry Vrbanovic
    Mayor presenting Buddy with a plaque for 50 year anniversary.

2017 Brave Home Scehdule

Alumni Weekend June 10/11

2017 NHL Playoff Pool

Once again it is NHL playoff time and that means another Hockey Pool.  The KW Braves are hoping you will participate, have a chance at some prize money and at the same time help to support the Braves.  Your participation would be greatly appreciated.  Spread the word, this is open to anyone.   DEADLINE is FRIDAY APRIL 14th @ 7:00pm EST.

 

How to register, PREFERRED METHOD.

 

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 24 boxes and once completed with all selections, click SUBMIT ENTRY  – only click SUBMIT ENTRY once all selections have been made.

 

Optionally you could print the attached PDF and follow the instruction provided.   CLICK HERE FOR PDF VERSION

 

Playoff hockey pool 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 !!!

 

50TH ANNIVERSARY

This is a milestone year for the KW Braves, our 50th Anniversary.  We are excited about our upcoming season and as well the celebrations we have planned for our anniversary.  The most important aspect of these celebrations are the opportunity to rekindle friendships with former teammates, friends who were with you during your formative years, a time when you began your growth into adulthood (we think).

Get ready for a busy weekend of fun starting on Saturday June 10th when we will be hosting our annual alumni golf tournament, but this year it is more than just golf.  After the golf, dinner and prizes, we will be having live entertainment to set the mood for the evening of fun, memories and exaggerated stories. “Remember when” will be the most common words spoken that day.  Full details for the day and how to sign up for the golf will be sent out within the next week or so.

On Sunday June 11th,  our afternoon home game is alumni day.  We invite all alumni to attend this game versus our longtime rival the Orangeville Northmen.  This will be a day of honouring past players and builders for their contributions to the game of lacrosse, most specifically with the KW Braves.  Please set this game aside on your schedule for another day of memories.  The game will be at 2:00 at Activa Sportsplex.  Refreshments will be available.

All we ask right now is you mark your calendar, make sure you don’t have a conflict and if you do, eliminate the conflict.

We are still looking for contact info for many of the past players.  I would ask that you forward this to any of your former teammates.  We don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun.  There is a link on our website to provide contact info, take a minute and update yours or that of any missing teammates.  www.kwbraves.com

50th Anniversary

This is a milestone year for the KW Braves, our 50th Anniversary.  We are excited about our upcoming season and as well the celebrations we have planned for our anniversary.  The most important aspect of these celebrations are the opportunity to rekindle friendships with former teammates, friends who were with your during your formative years, a time when you began your growth into adulthood (we think).

Get ready for a busy weekend of fun starting on Saturday June 10th when we will be hosting our annual alumni golf tournament, but this year it is more than just golf.  After the golf, dinner and prizes, we will be having live entertainment to set the mood for the evening of fun, memories and exaggerated stories. “Remember when” will be the most common words spoken that day.  Full details for the day and how to sign up for the golf will be sent out within the next week or so.

On Sunday June 11th,  our afternoon home game is alumni day.  We invite all alumni to attend this game versus our longtime rival the Orangeville Northmen.  This will be a day of honouring past players and builders for their contributions to the game of lacrosse, most specifically with the KW Braves.  Please set this game aside on your schedule for another day of memories.  The game will be at 2:00 at Activa Sportsplex.  Refreshments will be available.

All we ask right now is you mark your calendar, make sure you don’t have a conflict and if you do, eliminate the conflict.

We are still looking for contact info for many of the past players.  I would ask that you forward this to any of your former teammates.  We don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun.  There is a link on our website to provide contact info, take a minute and update yours or that of any missing teammates.  www.kwbraves.com

Toronto Rock Retiring Doyle’s # 7

 

KITCHENER — Colin Doyle doesn’t have a Kitchener address any longer.

His pro lacrosse career has taken him elsewhere — to Hamilton, Toronto, San Jose, Calif., and back to Toronto. But one of this city’s most accomplished athletes ever will always think of Kitchener as home.

Doyle, 39, retired from professional lacrosse in November. He has also made a case to be considered one of Toronto pro sport’s greatest athletes of the century.

The former Kitchener-Waterloo Brave and 19-year pro has won just about every trophy and accolade his sport offers — from National Lacrosse League’s rookie of the year, most valuable player, playoff MVP, world box and field lacrosse titles and multiple Canadian major lacrosse titles.

During his two tours of duty with the Toronto Rock, he set franchise records as the all-time leader in goals (440), assists (664), points (1,104) and games played (218).

The former Rock captain is one of only two players to have been in the lineup (the other is another former K-W Brave Bob Watson) when Toronto captured all six of its NLL titles.

As a fitting “Rock star” tribute, the team will retire Doyle’s No. 7 National Lacrosse League jersey on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre, when the Rock entertain the Calgary Roughnecks.

His NLL career numbers — including a three-year stint playing pro lacrosse with the San Jose Stealth — puts the Grand River Collegiate and Wilfrid Laurier grad third on the NLL’s all-time list with 1,384 points.

Doyle was never the biggest or fastest guy on the floor. What he did was combine a rubbery resilience with a sixth sense of anticipation. Doyle simply saw the game unspool before the rest of us.

Despite all that or maybe because of it, Doyle will be thinking about Kitchener during Saturday’s jersey retirement ceremony.

“Kitchener is such a huge part of my career,” he said this week. “I had such a great minor lacrosse experience there — memories I continue to talk about today.

“I had so many enthusiastic coaches around me when I was young playing minor lacrosse in Kitchener. I’m forever grateful to those people. There are too many to name. But coaches like Dan Fotopoulos, in particular, helped create in me the passion that they have for the game.”

These days, Doyle and his family — wife Stacey and three daughters aged nine, six and three — call Owen Sound home so as to be closer to his wife’s family.

Doyle commutes a couple times a week to the Toronto Rock’s indoor sports facility in Oakville where he works as the director, running the facility and programs.

“I’m still around the game a ton,” Doyle said of his happy retirement. “I really enjoy teaching the game to young people. I still have a passion for that.

“To be honest with you, I don’t know how I found the time to play in the first place.”

In addition, Doyle will coach his daughters on their under-11 and learn-to-play Owen Sound teams this summer.

For now, Doyle said he eagerly awaits Saturday night’s festivities.

“The whole thing is a great opportunity to say thank you to a lot of people,” he said. “Hopefully, I don’t forget anybody.”

Doyle’s speech is sure to include a few Kitchener references.

“I have fond memories of Kitchener. I’m always keeping my eye on the youth lacrosse in Kitchener and the Jr. A team there. They will forever hold an important place in my life.”

crivet@therecord.com ,

Twitter: @RivetRecord

 

 

Conditioning and Evaluation Camp

The K-W Braves Junior “A” Lacrosse Club, now celebrating our 50th anniversary, invites you to attend our Conditioning and Evaluation Camps starting this Sunday March 5th, 3:30-5:00pm at Queensmount Arena in Kitchener.  Please pay close attention to the criteria below for your right to attend.  If you wish to attend but aren’t clear on the process or your rights, please contact your team manager or give us a call to clarify.  Team management will be available at these runs to discuss your options as a player.
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Additional dates will follow as per below:
Sunday March 12 1:30-3:00pm
Sunday March 19 3:30-5:00pm
Sunday March 26 3:30-5:00pm
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The KW Braves are excited to partner with Limitless Performance to help provide the Braves with a competitive advantage by improving the overall strength and conditioning levels of each individual player while fine tuning their nutrition habits to ensure that the players are performing at the highest level possible every game, practice, and workout.  www.limitless-performance.ca
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As a player you have every right to play lacrosse at a higher level.

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You are more than welcome to attend if you are a:
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Graduating Midget from KW Minor
A parent’s consent form must be completed because you are under the age of 18.

Jr B or Jr C player who resides in KW
Your present team should be notified you are attending. If you are under the age of 18, a parent’s consent form must be completed.

Jr B or Jr C player who does not reside KW
You will require a “permission to run” from your Junior team and if you are under the age of 18, a parent’s consent form must be completed. As well, you cannot reside in a centre that has a Jr A team.

Graduating Midget who does not reside in KW
You will require “permission to run” from any Junior B/C team in your jurisdiction as well as a parent’s consent form must be completed because you are under the age of 18.  As well you cannot reside in a centre with a Jr “A” team and you cannot have been drafted by another Jr A team.

Returning player from 2016 Braves team
If you are under the age of 18, a parent’s consent form must be completed on first visit to camp.

Player drafted by the KW Braves.
A parent’s consent form must be completed if you are under the age of 18.

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There is no cost for the floor time.  You will require full equipment.   Please allow an extra 15 minutes to complete all required documentation.  Any questions or concerns, please contact one of the following:

COREY HALLMAN           coreyhallman@rogers.com          519-404-4174

JEFF WILLIAMSON          jwilliamson@webersupply.com    519-777-7997

 

braves alumni

 

50 Years – Time to celebrate

COACHING CHANGES ARE TAKING PLACE FOR THE 2017 SEASON