Chiefs begin quest for Mann Cup

SIX NATIONS — Saturday, June 2nd, the 2018 edition Six Nations Major Series Chiefs will make their debut in front of a home crowd at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena at 7 pm, against the Coburg Kodiaks.

Further on down the road, Tuesday, June 5th, the Chiefs will host the Peterborough Lakers at 8 pm, at the ILA.

Last season, the Chiefs finished the regular schedule in second place with 29 points in 18 games, five points behind Peterborough, who went on the win the Mann Cup.

This early in the Major Series Lacrosse season, the Chiefs have announced the first draft of its line-up, at least to start the season. Many NLL players are still in the thick of the NLL Championship Cup Championships between Rochester and Saskatchewan and will return when that series ends.

Last season, the Chiefs were stopped by the Lakers who went on to win the 2017 Mann Cup defeating the New Westminster Salmonbellies in six. There will be a lot of familiar names and faces for the Chiefs again this season, but there is also a gaggle of guys, young and veterans, coming up from the junior ranks or down from the NLL after that season ends.

Defender Paul Dawson will be returning, Billy Dee Smith will return for his ninth season. General Manager and assistant coach Dwayne Jacobs will get to select from a large pool of overage juniors from the Arrows and the Rebels, and elsewhere to fill in the blanks. On paper, this is a strong team, however, the jury is still out over what kind of speed this year’s Chiefs will have. The debut game will show both fans and Jacobs and the Chiefs coaching staff how this year’s Chiefs will perform on the floor.

The Chiefs still await the arrival of a few big names still involved in the NLL Championship Playoffs, including veterans Cody Jamieson and Sid Smith among others.

Dressing for the Chiefs season debut were:

2 Brayden Hill
6 Ethan O’Connor
8 Jordan Durston
9 Craig Point
11 Blake MacDonald
13 David Brock
14 Tyson Bomberry
16 Pat Corbet
19 Brendan Bomberry
22 Kobe Whitcomb
44 Shane Simpson
52 Oran Horn
55 Leo Stouros
65 Riley Miller
82 Kessler Doolittle
83 Randy Staats
92 Dhane Smith
93 Tyson Bell
30 Doug Jamieson
35 Chase Martin

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