The Braves hosted the reigning Canadian Champion Six Nations Arrows and went down to defeat 6-4. Both teams were playing with many regulars out of their lineups. The Braves were down 3-0 and batted back to 5-4 before giving up a late goal.
The real winner in this game was the Fort McMurray Relief Fund as they will be the recipient of all proceeds from tonights game. Thank you to all those that helped with this donation.
The Braves had a special guest last evening, former Junior star and current NLL leading scorer, Dhane Smith. This past season in the NLL, Dhane surpassed the all time scoring record and set the new mark of 137 points. Dhane, you have made us proud.
The Braves return to action Sunday when they host the Brampton Excelsiors at 7:00pm at the Kinsmen Arena.
For complete details of tonights game click here.
Jerry Staats, Dhane Smith, Connor Cole
Don’t miss the excitement, Thursday May 12 8:00pm Kinsmen Arena
The KW Braves are very pleased to acquire Philip Buque from the Whitby Warriors. Philip brings with him his many years of playing experience in the Whitby minor system. Philip plays a very hard hitting and aggressive style of lacrosse, something every team is in need of. Add to that his cannon of a shot and let’s just say, we are excited to have him in a Braves uniform. Welcome aboard Philip !!!
Braves go down to defeat 8-7 against Brampton on Friday but a great effort by a number of Junior B and midget hopefuls.
Kitchener’s Dhane Smith has a message for those parents out there that put their kids in one sport at the exclusion of other sports.
The Buffalo Bandits 24-year-old superstar, who just set the National Lacrosse League’s all-time single-season points record, insists his participation in all available sports through his youth is what propelled him to the top of the heap.
“You see nowadays some parents are pushing for one sport over the others and going hard on that one sport. I think my success has come from me playing as many sports as possible,” said the soft-spoken, multi-sport talent who has endeared himself to fans with his humble demeanour.
Smith, who notched his 131st point of the season on Saturday — that’s a mind-boggling 68 goals and 63 assists in 17 games — eventually specialized in lacrosse. But the Great Dhane held out for the longest time, even returning to high school for a Grade 12 victory lap so he could play football.
Like Wayne Gretzky, who attributed at least some of his hockey success to his off-season participation in baseball, Smith figures the skills and strategy acquired in other sports can pay dividends in a professional career.
Of course, at six-foot-three and 195 pounds, Smith is a naturally gifted athlete. He ran track and played high school basketball, volleyball, hockey and football at Huron Heights Secondary School along with the lacrosse he played in the summer.
He busted his ankle playing that final football season, an injury that ultimately forced him to abandon his other pursuits in favour of lacrosse.
“Growing up, lacrosse was always my favourite sport. So I figured that was my best choice.”
Since he was drafted fifth overall in 2012 by recent Waterloo Region hall of fame inductee, Bandits GM Steve Dietrich, Smith has amazed even his teammates with rapid ascent.
“I thought (Smith) was really good when I first watched him in junior, but I didn’t know he could become this good at this level so quick,” said fellow Kitchener product Ryan Benesch, Smith’s linemate with the Bandits.
“I’m pulling for him for even more success.”
Smith and Benesch, both nominated for Kitchener-Waterloo and area’s 2015 athlete of the year award, head into the Bandits’ regular-season finale on Saturday night when New England visits the First Niagara Center.
Smith can put the finishing touches on his season for the ages. He needs four goals to surpass Athan Iannucci’s eight-year-old NLL record of 71 goals in a season.
1969 Kitchener Bantams – Ontario “B” Champions
This was the first ever Kitchener minor team to win an all Ontario championship. Many of these players and management went on to be a part of the KW Braves. Here are some of the names:
Front Row: Scott Diefenbacher, Bruce McLellan, Jim Grant, Dave Baker, John McCrea, Mike Ertel, Mike O’Donoghue
Second Row: Dave Thomas, Russ Snyder, Mark Mongeon, Damon Deacon, Tom Germann, Gary Stemmler, Craig Windley, Gerrard Blinkhorn, Dave Baker SR
Back Row: Charlie Homuth, Greg Romanick, Dan Fotopoulos, Greg Watson, Jeff Zinken, Dennis Wray, Craig Dawson, Dan Randle
Underlined names went on to play or work with the Braves. Thanks go out to John McCrea for helping with the missing names.
In 1987 the KW Braves were truly the underdogs in the Founders Cup Canadian Championship and went on to defeat the powerhouse Mississauga Tomahawks in a one game final who were led by none other than now retired John Tavares.
There are two NLL hall of famers in this photo. Can you find them and how many others can you name? #tbt #kwbraves
The KW Braves have traded 3rd year goaltender Blake Jensen to the Toronto Beaches in exchange for 2nd year right shot Jordan Goddard of Hamilton and a 2017 second round draft pick.
Blake Jensen #30
The Braves wish Blake the very best in Toronto and thank him for his commitment and dedication over the past 2 years. We would also like to welcome Jordan to the Braves.