Hamilton to Welcome Canadian and American Box Lacrosse Stars at 2017 Heritage Cup

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Goaltender Aaron Bold
The finest box lacrosse players from both Canada and the United States will converge on Hamilton, Ontario, this fall as they face-off in the 2017 Heritage Cup, an international showcase game that will take place at the FirstOntario Centre on Saturday, October 21.
The Canadian Lacrosse Association, in association with Core Entertainment, are proud to announce the re-launch of this prestigious event. The 2017 edition will mark the fourth time that the Heritage Cup will be up for grabs, having been awarded previously in 2002, 2004 and 2013.
“Hamilton is easily accessible for Ontario lacrosse families, as well as for the fan bases of the Toronto Rock, Buffalo Bandits and Rochester Knighthawks,” said Johnny Mouradian, Director of Box Lacrosse, Team Canada.  “We look forward to working with Core Entertainment to make it a huge success and would like to thank Lance Basler, Team USA Manager, as well as US Lacrosse, for their commitment to the event.”
The city will also play host to the 2018 Heritage Cup, with dates and matchup details to be announced next year.
“To play host to this extraordinary event is very exciting for me personally.  I grew up in Maryland, a hotbed for lacrosse and I absolutely love the game,” said Spectra’s Scott Warren, general manager of the Core Entertainment facilities. “It is always a tremendous joy for us as a venue, to host world-class events such as this.  When some of the best lacrosse players in the world play in one of the best arenas in Canada, that’s surely a combination worth celebrating.”
Established 15 years ago, this event was once one of the premier box lacrosse events on the international calendar. It served as important annual competition for the Canadian, American and Iroquois national teams in between the four-year world championship cycle.
The inaugural game took place in Mississauga, Ontario in 2002, and saw the U.S. defeat Canada by a score of 21-16. The Canadians bested the Americans two years later in 2004, winning 17-8 in Denver, Colorado. After a short hiatus, the event returned to Montreal, Quebec in 2013, where over 7,500 fans packed the Bell Centre to watch Team Canada defeat the Team Iroquois in a nail-biter, 12-11.
The 2017 edition of the event will be a homecoming for Team Canada’s head coach, Hamilton native Eddie Comeau.
“We’re very excited to be able to showcase our national team in Canada,” said Comeau, who is also head coach of the National Lacrosse League’s Georgia Swarm. “The world championships have not been in Ontario since 2003, so this is a great opportunity for fans to come and watch the best players from Canada and the U.S. compete.”
Team Canada’s roster for the event will be selected from the pool of athletes that represented Canada at the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. The members of that squad led their country to its fourth consecutive world championship gold medal, going undefeated in the process.
“This is game will showcase some of the best lacrosse players in the world and it’s a great opportunity grow our sport,” added Dean French, Chairman, Team Canada.
Please see below the full list of players, in alphabetical order of last name, up for consideration:
First Name
Last Name
Position
Hometown
2017 NLL Team
2017 Summer Team
Ryan
Benesch
Forward
Kitchener, ON
Buffalo Bandits
Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)
Aaron
Bold
Goalie
Victoria, BC
Saskatchewan Rush
Victoria Shamrocks (WLA)
Scott
Campbell
Defense
Markham, ON
Rochester Knighthawks
Dan
Coates
Defense
St. Catharines, ON
Colorado Mammoth
Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)
Chris
Corbeil
Transition
Oakville, ON
Saskatchewan Rush
Brooklin Redmen (MSL)
Dan
Dawson
Forward
Oakville, ON
Rochester Knighthawks
Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)
Paul
Dawson
Defense
Oakville, ON
Rochester Knighthawks
Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)
Curtis
Dickson
Forward
Port Coquitlam, BC
Calgary Roughnecks
Peterborough Lakers (MSL)
Ryan
Dilks
Transition
Hamilton, ON
Saskatchewan Rush
St. Albert Miners (RMLL)
Shawn
Evans
Forward
Peterborough, ON
New England Black Wolves
Peterborough Lakers (MSL)
Zack
Greer
Forward
Whitby, ON
Colorado Mammoth
Adam
Jones
Forward
Owen Sound, ON
Saskatchewan Rush
Stephan
Leblanc
Forward
Dundas, ON
Toronto Rock
Oakville Rock (MSL)
Jordan
MacIntosh
Transition
Oakville, ON
Georgia Swarm
Mark
Matthews
Forward
Oshawa, ON
Saskatchewan Rush
Brooklin Redmen (MSL)
Brodie
Merrill
Transition
Orangeville, ON
Toronto Rock
Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)
Brandon
Miller
Goalie
Orangeville, ON
Toronto Rock
Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)
Brett
Mydske
Defense
New Westminster, BC
Saskatchewan Rush
New Westminster Salmonbellies (WLA)
Steve
Priolo
Defense
St. Catharines, ON
Buffalo Bandits
Brooklin Redmen (MSL)
Kyle
Rubisch
Defense
Brampton, ON
Saskatchewan Rush
Brooklin Redmen (MSL)
Brad
Self
Transition
Peterborough, ON
Colorado Mammoth
Peterborough Lakers (MSL)
Billy Dee
Smith
Defense
St. Catharines, ON
Buffalo Bandits
Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)
Dhane
Smith
Transition
Kitchener, ON
Buffalo Bandits
Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)
Matt
Vinc
Goalie
St. Catharines, ON
Rochester Knighthawks
Peterborough Lakers (MSL)
Please see below the coaching staff, in alphabetical order of last name, that will lead the team:
First Name
Last Name
Position
Hometown
Glenn
Clark
Goalie Coach
Pickering, ON
Eddie
Comeau
Head Coach
Hamilton, ON
Paul
Day
Defensive Coach
Peterborough, ON
Derek
Keenan
Offensive Coach
Oshawa, ON

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