COACHING CHANGES ARE TAKING PLACE FOR THE 2017 SEASON

Braves Evaluation Camp

Braves select CAMERON COUGHLIN in Midget Draft

The KW Braves Junior “A” Lacrosse Club are pleased and excited by their selection of Cameron Coughlin, a graduate of the Cambridge Chiefs midget lacrosse team.  We look forward to watching his journey in Junior Lacrosse.

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Listed below is a complete list of the selections for the 2017 Midget Draft.

Statement from Dean McLeod, Commissioner of the Ontario Junior “A” Lacrosse League:
“On behalf of the Ontario Junior “A” Lacrosse League, congratulations to the 2017 Junior “A” Midget Entry Draft selections. The OJALL continues to improve with each year’s Midget Entry Draft, which offers elite box lacrosse players from all across Ontario the opportunity to compete at the premiere level of play. We welcome these 22 gentlemen to an opportunity in our league, and wish them the best of luck as we anticipate a successful, strong season in 2017.”

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Wounded Warrior Tournament

The KW Braves participated for the first time in this years’ Wounded Warrior Tournament.  While the game results weren’t as expected, the cause was and proceeds in excess of $5,500 were achieved at this tournament.  A big shout out to Todd Stewart for his efforts in putting this tournament on.

Here is a link to a collection of pictures from the tournament.   http://www.sportdad.ca/Galleries/Lacrosse/Box/Wounded-Warrior-Tournament

Many thanks to SPORTDAD for this great collection.   @sportdadca   @woundedwarriorscanada

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas

May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill, 

And may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy.

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Wounded Warriors Jr. A Pre-Season Tournament

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The KW Braves Jr A Lacrosse Club will be participating in the 3rd annual Wounded Warriors Jr. A Pre-Season Tournament. 

The tournament will be held at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, on December 27th-28th. The format will be 8 team double elimination all proceeds will go towards Wounded Warriors Canada.

Wounded Warriors does incredible work with our Canadian military veterans through a number of great programs. Pairing veterans with PTSD service dogs and horses, transitioning veterans into the workforce and providing counselling to veterans struggling with mental illness are only a few of the programs Wounded Warriors Canada funds. The money raised with this tournament is literally changing and saving lives. 

FURTHER DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

 

2016 AGM Election Results

The KW Braves held their AGM on Wednesday November 16th.  Thanks to all the interested parties that attended in the interest of junior lacrosse.

Below is our new Braves executive.

KW Braves Executive

Lawrie Hallman     President

Corey Hallman        1st VP Sponsorship

Fred Rooymans      2nd VP Marketing/Promotion

Sally Orleman         Treasurer

Wendy Bernardo    Secretary

 Board of Directors Members

Maureen Newbrough

Tim Orleman

Justin Sproul

Jeff Williamson

 Team Management

Corey Hallman      General Manager

Chris Driscoll         Head Coach

Doyle closes the book on an incredible career

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Waterloo Region Record

He’s done so much for the game for so long, it’s hard to imagine pro lacrosse existing without Colin Doyle.

Following 19 professional seasons, Kitchener’s Colin Doyle, one of the finest players ever to wield a lacrosse stick, has decided to step away from the playing floor.

“My drive to compete had decreased and that was a sign to me that if I’m not driven to be the best, it’s the right time to walk away,” the longtime Toronto Rock captain and future hall of famer said at a news conference to announce his retirement on Wednesday.

Doyle, 39, leaves the National Lacrosse League as a six-time champion.

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

Doyle departs the game as the Rock’s all-time leader in goals (440), assists (664), points (1,104) and games played (218).

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

He was never the biggest or fastest player. But Doyle combined his rubbery durability with a sixth sense of anticipation. He appeared to see the game unspool before the rest of us.

Even while he was a scrawny high school student, Doyle displayed an uncanny knack for versatility.

He was named Waterloo County’s high school hockey MVP for the Grand River Renegades in 1996 after serving as the team’s starting goalie, and at one point, was also his team’s leading scorer, having also played centre.

Seventeen years later, Doyle donned the goal pads for his Six Nations Chiefs in a Mann Cup senior national lacrosse victory after both Chiefs goalies were ejected for illegal equipment.

Doyle, who hadn’t even practised in net for years, made six saves to preserve an 11-7 victory over the home-floor Victoria Shamrocks. This, after he scored a goal and added two assists as a runner.

“I have officially seen just about everything,” a chuckling Doyle told The Record back then.

Doyle suffered a frightening injury this past spring, a displaced vertebra with a small fracture in his neck during a fall away from the game, a mishap that may have hastened his decision to retire.

Despite his Hamilton surgeon’s assurance he would make a full recovery, Doyle said this past spring his future in the wintertime pro lacrosse league was up in the air.

“I don’t know. I’ve been back and forth on (a decision) all year even when I was healthy,” he said in April.

Doyle, a tireless lacrosse ambassador and married father of three girls, has left an indelible impression on the players he inspired in his hometown.

Fellow Kitchener natives and current pros like Dhane Smith and Ryan Benesch, both of the NLL’s Buffalo Bandits, grew up watching Doyle play the game.

Doyle, Benesch and Smith were briefly united on the floor for the first time for a season of summer lacrosse by the Six Nations Chiefs in 2015.

“He was such a big impact in our dressing room. He’s definitely a role model — not just for myself and the other guys from Kitchener — but for the entire lacrosse world,” said Smith, named the pro league’s most valuable player last season after he tallied a league record 72 goals and 137 points in 18 games.

“I can only hope to be as successful as he has been one day,” said Smith, 24.

Doyle wasn’t the first big lacrosse name from Kitchener to burst onto the pro scene.

Hall of fame netminder Steve Dietrich, now general manager of the Bandits, had a chance to play briefly with Doyle and the Rock in 2010.

“Colin is the complete package,” said Dietrich, named the NLL’s general manager of the year last season. “He’s still at the top of his game so he’s going out at a great time. I’m really going to miss watching him play.

“He’s done such a great job. He’s always been so selfless. I don’t think he gets enough credit for what he does away from the floor,” said Dietrich.

Doyle never forgot his roots in Kitchener-Waterloo minor lacrosse, returning many times to coach teams and run clinics.

“He set the bar pretty high for the rest of us,” said Benesch, traded by the Rock to San Jose for Doyle back in 2006. “It’s not too easy to follow in those footsteps.

“Colin was always that guy you wanted to be like.”

Since July, Doyle has worked as the director of an indoor sports facility, the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre, in Oakville.

“I hope I’m remembered for being a great teammate and being someone that played their best when it mattered the most, someone that didn’t cheat any fan that spent their money to come and watch me play,” Doyle said Wednesday.

Braves Annual Meeting

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Wednesday November 16th, 7:00pm @ Weber Supply, 1830 Strasburg Road, Kitchener.

All positions are open for election.

President

VP, Sponsorship/Fundraising

VP, Marketing/Special Events

Treasurer

Secretary

The Braves are looking for energetic volunteers to help build a strong foundation for our team.  2017 will be our 50th anniversary.  Come out and be a part of something great.

If you have any questions, please email Lawrie Hallman, President, lhallman@webersupply.com

 

Braves Hockey Pool

This hockey pool is a fundraiser intended to generate some fun and friendly competition while at the same time help to fund the operation of the KW Braves Junior “A” Lacrosse Club.    Our apologies for being late in sending this out.  You still have 8 days to complete.

This is a 50/50 pool with prize money to be paid out to the first three positions.   

I encourage every invited participant to recruit family, friends and co-workers to join this pool and share in the fun.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

ENTRIES MUST BE COMPLETED BY Wednesday  OCTOBER 19TH – 7:00pm

  1. go to www.hockeydraft.ca
  2. Pool Username = kwbraves Pool password = hockey
  3. Make sure the season says REGULAR
  4. click SIGNIN
  5. A new screen will appear, click ENTRY FORM
  6. Key in your proper name and your email address
  7. Add a password, used for TRASH TALK

 

Immediately make your selections on this same screen.

  1. Make your selections in all 24 Boxes before hitting SUBMIT – note boxes 22-24 have 10 to choose from
  2. review your selections
  3. Click SUBMIT ENTRY (You are now done)

 

PAYMENT – ASAP                                                                                                            

– send cheque or cash, $25.00 per entry

– cheques made out to KW LACROSSE ALUMNI    

– mail to Lawrie Hallman, 699 Munich Circle, Waterloo, N2V 2L6

Or

– Send eTransfer to lhallman@webersupply.com

Upon all entries being received they will be entered online and updates will be available online

at www.hockeydraft.ca  – userid = kwbraves and password = hockey

 

BOX SELECTIONS

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