Well folks, its been a while! What can I say? I have been swamped with lax, work, family and training. So here goes, I'll try and give you all a Coles Notes version of the last little while!
First off, if you don't know I was traded from the Stealth to the Toronto Rock. This was a trade that was at my request as I was no longer able to commute (unfortuneatley) to the West Coast. The Stealth made the move from California to just North of Seattle in Everett and I was unable to make the move with the team. Lucky enough, both teams worked out a deal that landed me in Toronto a few weeks before the start of the season. I am thankful to be playing back in Toronto (the franchise I spend my first 9 seasons with) and also excited to see the Stealth doing so well!
Moving on from there. We had an extremely hard training camp in Toronto and have started out really well at 3-1. We took one on the chin this past weekend in Rochester, but we have started strong and that is a very good thing in this, quick 16 game schedule. We are a very young, competititve team with a great core. It is very exciting to be playing for my summer coaches Troy Cordingly and Terry Sanderson (who coach me in Brampton). They are very competitive and are bringing that eagerness to win to our team's mentality! It is working, we are a very hungry bunch.
I will get more into the NLL as my blogs move forward. I'll continue to use this as a "catch" up for all of the folks in the Yard!
Over the summer months, I was lucky enough to be a part of one of the best, hardest fought series that I have ever seen, and certainly ever been a part of! The Excelciors of Brampton (my team) beat the New Westminster Salmonbellies in overtime of game seven to win the Coveted Mann Cup (on the road). To this day, this was the most taxing, tiring lacrosse I have ever been a part of, and thus by far the most rewarding! Every night for seven games, the barn was full and every night they were treated to the best lacrosse that has been played in years. It was a treat to be involved with such a great event! This ofcourse, was our second Mann Cup in a row. I hope to be able to try for a third this coming summer...stay tuned and time will tell.
I was also busy working the camp scene all over North America. Appearences with the Powell Boys, Casey (in Georgia and Syracuse) and Ryan (in West Linn) as well as a few of my own that I run with Brodie Merrill. A busy circut to say the least, but it gave me a great chance to meet a ton of new players from all over Canada and the US. This summer I plan on doing the same. I hope to be working with Casey and Ryan again along with running camp in Ontario as a member of the Toronto Rock Camp Team. STAY POSTED!
Like I said, this is a quick update of what has been going on in my life. I will start getting back at you guys every week, keeping you posted on Rock lacrosse and ofcourse chatting about life, music and sports. I'll leave you with a few final thoughts...until next week.
1. HABS: I'd like to see my Canadiens stick it out with Carey Price. I have liked this kid since day one and really want to see him take this team to the next level. I like what Halak is giving us, but if I were choosing (Bob Gainey if you are listening) i'd give it to Carey and let him run with it. Halak has been good to us, but my gut stays with Carey is is a great goaltender with a very strong demeanor!
2. TIGERS: Boy did they fall apart this fall!! Tough to watch to say the least. Their go to guy was out drinking with the CHISOX in the midst of their biggest stretch. I didn't like reading that, and I don't love that they kept him around. I hope he cleans it up and we can make a run at a division title this summer.
3. TEAM CANADA HOCKEY: I was way off on my selections. I had a little more grit and sandpaper in my lineup. I had Lucic, although he was banged up and I also had Green for my power play. That being said, I have always been an Yzerman fan, and for that I will respect the team he put together. I does look solid everywhere. They will be in tough, but will be well coached and ready to play. I am very much looking forward to seeing Olympic hockey, it will be a treat for all hockey fans!!
4. GREEN DAY: 21st Century Breakdown was the album of the summer for me. I did a lot of driving and everywhere I went, that album came with me! A great follow up to the epic American Idiot. If you don't already, I highly reccomend it!! Summer 2009 will forever be remembered as the 21st Century Breakdown summer!
5. BOOKS: Back on a bit of a reading kick. I am in the middle of Theoren Fleury's book, and am very much liking it. A very interesting read from a very interesting person to say the least. I just finished up with Bob MacKenzie's book about being a hockey (crazy) dad. I got it for Christmas and was very uncertain, but I really enjoyed the read. Not having kids that age myself, I didn't find it to hard to relate to my father's experience raising me in an arena 365 days a year. I really enjoyed the book, i think it is a great read. Laslty, I read the book entitled Boys will be Boys ( I think?) It is about the Dallas Cowboys of the 90's. Again, a very interesting read about ALOT of interesting characters. Quite a lifestyle to say the least. I'd love to lend it out to any of you if Brodie Merrill ever returns it!!
T'ill next time,