First ever Kitchener Minor Lacrosse Ontario Champ – 1969 Bantams

 

bantam 1969

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.

 

 

train camp

In 1987, first ever Canadian Championship !!

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

Trade Alert

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.

jensen

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.

Circa 1992 KW Braves

3-23-2016 1-45-13 PM

Blast from the past – our Guelph connection

In this picture you will see a real connection with the KW Braves, both in the past and currently.  This was a 1984 Guelph Bantam team that went on to win the Canadian Championships.  Read more about it here: Click here for article.

A – Steve Keleher – current assistant coach

B – Bob Watson – past player (part of 1987/88 Canadian Champs)and NLL Hall of Famer

C – Jay Martin –  past player (part of 1987/88 Canadian Champs)

D – Mike Keleher – past player (part of 1987/88 Canadian Champs)

E – Chris Driscoll – past player (part of 1987/88 Canadian Champs) – current head coach – 19 years in the NLL

F – Ron Keleher – past player – lates 60’s and father of current asst coach Steve

3-18-2016 9-38-44 AM

Happy St Patrick’s Day

st pattys

KW Braves Alumni Golf

Save the date:  Saturday June 11th 1:00 pm at New Dundee Golf.  Further details to follow.

Don’t miss the excitement.

3-15-2016 2-48-29 PM

An interview with “The Creator” of the Braves

3-14-2016 4-00-42 PM

In search of Old Photos / Articles

In attempts to build a library of history for the KW Braves and the Kitchener Braves, we are in search any old news articles and pictures you may have.  We should need them as long as it takes to scan and return them to you.  Please email Lawrie Hallman, lhallman@webersupply.com if you are able to help.

 

Here is Joe McCrea in 1967.   Joe went on to win a Mann Cup in 1979 with the Victoria Shamrocks.

braves old 1

 

Chris Cloutier – Having fun at UNC

31585_mlaxf

Kiley Burns | Published 02/07/16 10:05pm

 

Canadian-bear-chris-cloutier-nets-5-in-opener

 

There’s a new Canuck in town.After losing the opening faceoff and allowing Michigan to score the first goal of the game, sophomore attacker Chris Cloutier ripped the ball into the net, sparking a 5-0 run for the North Carolina men’s lacrosse team in under four minutes.The run helped fuel a 20-10 win for UNC in its season opener — and Cloutier emerged as the dark horse of the Tar Heels’ offense.

 

On Saturday, he posted five.“Cloutier’s a bear. He’s a monster,” Coach Joe Breschi said. “You can’t cover him with the short stick.”The 5-foot-11, 215-pound attackman was integral to his team’s offensive explosion. After the graduation of Joey Sankey, Jimmy Bitter and Chad Tutton — three of UNC’s top four scorers from a year ago — uncertainty surrounded the unit.“We talked about it as we started the season that there’s going to be a lot of new guys on the field,” Breschi said.“And we’re not trying to have them do anything they’re not capable of doing.”Not only did Cloutier make his first start on Saturday, but it was also his first time playing his new position since high school. The coaches moved him to midfielder for his first year, switching Cloutier to attackman this offseason. “It really helps to have these guys out here to teach me through the new ways,” Cloutier said. “It helped that our chemistry (with junior Luke Goldstock and senior Steve Pontrello) is so strong.”Cloutier was one of 10 different Tar Heels to score in Saturday’s season debut, silencing any doubt about the team’s talent. Pontrello contributed four goals and an assist to the effort, while Goldstock posted two goals and three assists.

 

“We’re very deep all over the field,” Cloutier said. “At this point, as you saw out there today, anyone can score.”Michigan did not have an answer to the Tar Heels’ multitude of offensive weapons. At halftime, the Wolverines pulled goalkeeper Gerald Logan in favor of Robbie Zonino.But Cloutier and the Tar Heels could not be contained.Just as he did in the first quarter, Cloutier kicked off a 4-0 run by the Tar Heels to start the fourth quarter. He went on to total three goals in the period to finish off the Wolverines. “As you can imagine, it felt great,” Cloutier said. “Obviously nerves were just flying around, like really you just don’t want to mess up at your first chance.”This bear of an attack could just be getting started.   sports@dailytarheel.com

 

Connor Cole – Leading the DUTCHMEN

 

connor cole

Connor Cole leads Dutchmen into the playoffs, now off to the second round versus the Siskins.  Click for KW Record article.

 

http://www.therecord.com/sports-story/6269000-hometown-boys-carry-dutchies-to-the-top/

 

Six Nations Chiefs hire Stephen “CHUGGER” Dietrich as GM

Click here for article.
chugger

Colin Doyle Interview

Click here to view video

Ccjd3hvWoAEWgBH

 

Braves in the NLL 2016

braves nll

Braves

_

NEXT EVALUATION CAMP

 

SUNDAY MARCH 13  2:00-4:00   Queensmount 

 

Going Bald for Bucks

 

Dhane Smith
Ryan Benesch

Dhane Smith                        Ryan Benesch

 

 

Week 2 – Evaluation Camp

Running through the drills but just a little bit faster this week.  PROGRESSION !!!!

IMG_0872[1] IMG_0880[1]

Smith on Pace to Break Scoring Record


Dhane Smith has widened his lead in all categories of scoring, leading the league in total points, total goals and total assists. The KW Braves wish Dhane continued success in 2016.

 

CaZISTgWEAAyK_Xsmith stats

2016 Camp Begins

Training camp began on Sunday February 28th for the KW Braves, Guelph Regals and Wilmot Wild. Next session is Sun Mach 6th at 2:00pm Queensmount Arena.

image