NEWS RELEASE from Canadian Men’s Indoor Lacrosse Team
CANADA’S WORLD INDOOR LACROSSE TEAM TO PICK COACHES
Selecting a coaching staff is the next order of business for the Canadian men’s indoor lacrosse team.
The third world indoor tournament will be played in Prague next May. Canada won the inaugural 2003 event played in Ontario and retained the title in 2007 when it was staged in Nova Scotia.
The call has gone out to players and established stars John Grant Jr., Dan Dawson, Lewis Ratcliff and Matt Vinc are among about 75 who will be looking for precious roster spots for Prague.
“Some of the same players who competed in the world field lacrosse championships in Manchester last summer will be playing for Canada and the United States again so the competition will be fierce,’’ says Team Canada general manager Johnny Mouradian. “And the Iroquois, who didn’t compete in Manchester, took us to overtime in the indoor final in 2007 so we will certainly have our hands full in Prague. That’s what makes competing at this level so inviting.’’
Canada will be intent on repeating as world indoor champion after losing 12-10 to the United States in the field final in Manchester. The roster will be determined by performances during the National Lacrosse League season, which begins in January.
There is no shortage of top-flight coaching candidates for Prague and Mouradian and team executive director Dean French say they’ll be announcing the staff this month.
“Taking our up-tempo Canadian indoor game to Prague will help grow the sport in Europe,’’ says French.
The Czechs have been progressing rapidly in the sport and are eager to be hosts of the world indoor tournament.
“It was obvious to me after watching the Czech Republic play field lacrosse in Manchester that their program was benefiting from skills acquired playing indoor box lacrosse,’’ added French.
Team Canada media contact: Neil Stevens is at email@example.com