Five teams begin their tryout and training camps last week with the Toronto Monarchs opening the following week. Dates are as follows:
Six Nations Snipers: Monday December 5 at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
St. Catharines ShockWave: Tuesday December 6 at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Oshawa Outlaws: Thursday December 8 at Stephen Leacock Arena from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Peterborough Timbermen: Saturday December 10 at Baltimore Arena from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Paris River Wolves: Sunday December 11 at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Toronto Monarchs: Saturday December 10 at TRAC Oakville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The first trade of the week saw the Six Nations Sniper send Nick Finley to the Peterborough Timbermen for Eric Guiltinan.
The Snipers pulled off a pre-camp potential blockbuster with with the St. Catharines ShockWave, acquiring Tom Montour and Josh Miller for Dylan Gatt and Ryan Wagner.
The Arena Lacrosse League (ALL) announced Jake Henhawk as the General Manager of the Six Nations Snipers. Jake brings a wealth of lacrosse knowledge and experience to the position having been born and raised in Six Nations.
“It’s an excellent opportunity to be part of something that is just getting off the ground for players looking to get to the next level as well as coaches and people in the management group. The timing is also crucial as NLL teams would prefer to bring in players that are game-ready and in game-shape. This is a great chance for players, especially the younger guys, who wish to invest in their future prospects of reaching the next level,” explained Henhawk.
Having played his minor lacrosse in Six Nations, his lengthy career both coaching and managing in Ontario lacrosse Jake has a solid reputation as a builder and supporter of the game. He recently completed his third season as the General Manager of the Six Nations Junior A Arrows, winning back-to-back Minto Cups in 2014 and 2015. He is entering his second season as a Scout for the Vancouver Stealth of the NLL and previously served as GM of the Mississauga Junior A Tomahawks, as well as the team’s Head Coach from 2010 through 2012.
In preparing for the ALL inaugural season expect the Snipers to be built to play an up tempo game. “We would like to have smart players that can push the pace on both ends of the floor. Fans in Six Nations are accustomed to watching highly skilled teams from the minors all the way up to the senior level and we will not disappoint,” he added.
The opening weekend Showcase Event will take place at the GM Centre in Oshawa on January 7, 2017. It will begin at 9 a.m. with three youth lacrosse clinics followed by a tripleheader that will feature Paris vs. Toronto at 1 p.m., followed by St Catharines vs. Peterborough at 4 p.m., and capped off with Six Nations vs. Oshawa at 7 p.m. Interested players aged 18 or older should visit the ALL website for more information and to register for the draft.