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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Braves Alumni Take Home the Hardware

In the 2016 NLL Awards ceremony last night in Oakville, four Braves Alumni received awards for their contributions in the NLL in the 2016 season.  Congratulations, you have made all of your former teammates, friends, family and all Braves Alumni very proud.

DHANE SMITH – MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

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STEPHEN DIETRICH – GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

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MIKE POULIN – TEAMMATE OF THE YEAR

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EVAN KIRK – GOALTENDER OF THE YEAR

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 COMPLETE LIST OF AWARD WINNERS

NLL 2016 Award Winners

Sportsmanship Award
Ben McIntosh, Saskatchewan Rush

Executive of the Year
Lee Genier, Saskatchewan Rush

Media Person of the Year (Tom Borrelli Award)
Teddy Jenner

General Manager of the Year
Steve Dietrich, Buffalo Bandits

Head Coach of the Year
Glenn Clark, New England Black Wolves

Air Canada Wingman of the Year
Callum Crawford, Colorado Mammoth

Teammate of the Year
Mike Poulin, Calgary Roughnecks

Transition Player of the Year
Brad Self, Rochester Knighthawks

Defensive Player of the Year
Ryan Dilks, Saskatchewan Rush

Goaltender of the Year
Evan Kirk, New England Black Wolves

Rookie of the Year
Randy Staats, Georgia Swarm

Most Valuable Player
Dhane Smith, Buffalo Bandits

2016 NLL Draft – Braves well represented

The 2016 NLL Draft took place on Monday September 26th in Oakville.  The KW Braves are pleased and very proud to announce the following graduated and current players were drafted last night.

1st Round, 7th overall –KYLE JACKSON – drafted by Rochester Knighthawks – former captain of the Braves

2nd Round, 18th overall – KEVIN ORLEMAN – drafted by Buffalo Bandits – 1st goalie taken in the draft

4th Round, 47th overall – DRAKE SMITH – drafted by Buffalo Bandits- joins his brother Dhane and cousin Billy Dee with the Bandits

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Left to Right – Drake Smith, Kyle Jackson, Kevin Orleman, Dhane Smith

 

Full draft results.

FIRST ROUND

1) Saskatchewan (from Vancouver): Ryan Keenan (Quinnipiac University)
2) Toronto: Challen Rogers (Stony Brook University)
3) Saskatchewan (from Rochester):
Mike Messenger (Limestone College)
4) Georgia: Bryan Cole (University of Maryland)
5) Calgary: Holden Cattoni (Johns Hopkins University)
6) Rochester (from New England): Josh Currier (Virginia Wesleyan College)
7) Rochester (from Colorado): Kyle Jackson (University of Michigan)
8) New England (from Buffalo via Georgia): Seth Oakes (University of Albany)
9) Colorado (from Saskatchewan): Zach Herreweyers (Loyola University)
10) Georgia: Connor Sellars (Belmont Abbey College)

SECOND ROUND

11) Vancouver: James Rahe (Robert Morris University)
12) Toronto (from Toronto via New England): Latrell Harris (St. Catherines)
13) Buffalo (from Rochester): Justin Martin (University of Guelph)
14) Saskatchewan* (from New England via Georgia): Matthew Hossack (Rochester Institute of Technology)
15) Calgary:
Vaughn Harris (Six Nations Chiefs)
16) Rochester* (from Buffalo via New England): Dan Lomas (High Point University)
17) Georgia (from Colorado):
Leo Stouros (Colgate University)
18) Buffalo: Kevin Orleman (University of Guelph)
19) New England (from Saskatchewan): Doug Jamieson (Onondoga)
20) Georgia: Warren Hill (Syracuse University)
21) Calgary: Matt Symes (Whittier College)

THIRD ROUND

22) Georgia (from Vancouver): Lachlan Elder (Burlington Chiefs)
23) Toronto: Jordan Magnuson (Coquitlam Adanacs)
24) New England (from Rochester via Georgia): Joel Coyle (Orangeville Northmen)
25) Georgia: Brayden Hill (Six Nations)
26) Calgary: Brody Eastwood (Stony Brook University)
27) Calgary (from New England): Keegan Rittinger (Coquitlam Adanacs)
28) Georgia (from Colorado): Matt Kavanagh (University of Notre Dame)
29) New England (from Buffalo via Rochester): Kyle Trolley (University of Notre Dame)
30) Saskatchewan: Mason Pynn (Drexel University)
31) Buffalo: TJ Sanders (Penn State)

FOURTH ROUND

32) Vancouver: Adam Jay (Delta Sr A)
33) New England (from Toronto): Brandon Robinson (Brampton Excelsiors)
34) Rochester: Tyler Albrecht (Loyola University)
35) Colorado* (from Georgia): Taylor Stuart (Bellarmine University)
36) Calgary: Jake Archdekin (Calgary Mountaineers)
37) New England: Miles Jones (Duke University)
38) New England* (from Georgia via Colorado): Dan Michel (Trent University)
39) Buffalo: Bryce Brochu (Wheeling Jesuit University)
40) Saskatchewan:
Mike Kaminski (Saskatchewan SWAT)

FIFTH ROUND

41) Vancouver: Cody Teichroeb (Langley Thunder)
42) Toronto: Jackson Hullbert (Burlington Chiefs)
43) Rochester: Luke Laszkiewicz (Robert Morris University)
44) Georgia: Liam Byrnes (Marquette University)
45) Calgary: Tony Tremblay (Calgary Mountaineers)
46) Colorado: Kyle Whitlow (Marquette University)
47) Buffalo: Drake Smith (Kitchener-Waterloo)
48) Saskatchewan: Spencer Bromley (McGill University)

SIXTH ROUND

49) Vancouver: Danton Miller (Six Nations)
50) Toronto: Jamie McMahon (University of Waterloo)
51) Rochester: Brine Rice (Onondaga)
52) Buffalo (from Georgia): Logan Holmes (Windsor Clippers)
53) Calgary: Austin Rockwell (Calgary Mountaineers)
54) New England: Garrett Lewis (Toronto Beaches)
55) Colorado: Jamal Shears (Mimico Jr A)
56) New England (from Buffalo): Andrew Mullen (University of Virginia)
57) Saskatchewan: Riley McKinnon (Whitby Jr A)

Hoodies on Sale

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The Red Cross Thanks Braves for Our Support

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NHL Hockey Pool – don’t miss the fun

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Shop KW Braves Online Store

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Braves Player History – Complete Stats since 1967

The KW Braves started in 1967 in the Junior B loop known as the Kitchener Braves. There were only 8 Junior B teams at that time:

 

BROOKLIN LASCO STEELERS 

EAST YORK MOHAWKS 

ELORA MOHAWKS 

DIXIE COMBINES 

HUNTSVILLE HAWKS 

KITCHENER BRAVES 

MIMICO MOUNTAINEERS 

REXDALE WARRIORS  

 

Since that time, 625 players have played for the Braves spanning 50 seasons.

 

Here is a list of all of the players and their statistics from those 50 years of lacrosse.

 

Click this link below to see the many great players and their all time Braves stats.

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

crivet@therecord.com ;

Twitter: @RivetRecord

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 !!!

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