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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

 

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50 Years – Time to celebrate

COACHING CHANGES ARE TAKING PLACE FOR THE 2017 SEASON

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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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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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