BURRARDS GET BACK ATOP WLA STANDINGS
07/11/2017
 

The reigning league champion Maple Ridge Burrards are back on top of the Western Lacrosse Association standings.

Ben McIntosh and Riley Loewen each put up four points as the Senior A squad beat the Nanaimo Timbermen by a score of 10-7 on Sunday at Cam Neely Arena.

The Burrards trailed 3-2 after the first period, but opened the second stanza with four straight unanswered power play goals, each from a different player, to take a lead they would never relinquish.

The power play went five-for-five on the night.

“Our power play has been really efficient for us,” remarked first-year general manager Reynold Comeault.

The win capped a busy week, which saw the Burrards beat the Coquitlam Adanacs 6-3 on Tuesday, then fall to the New Westminster Salmonbellies 10-8 on Thursday.

Comeault said there was a controversial disallowed goal against New West, which could have turned the game around. On video review Matt Dinsdale appeared to put a tying goal in, which would have been his fourth of the game and made the score 9-9. But the referee ruled it was no goal. The Salmonbellies scored an empty netter to salt away the win.

The Burrards are on top of the WLA with nine wins against four losses, just a single point ahead of both chief rival Victoria Shamrocks who have gone 8-4-1, and the Burnaby Lakers who are 8-3-1.

“We’re playing a gritty style, and getting a good team effort from everyone, which is where we need to be for the playoffs,” said the GM.

With three goals in the last game, McIntosh now has 14, and 24 points after seven games this season. The team has won six of the seven games with him in the lineup this season, and he has scored at least once in every game.

Loewen moved into the top-10 in league scoring with 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists), despite playing only nine of his team’s 13 games.

And Mike Mallory continued his high-paced scoring, with a goal and two assists for three points. He is second in league scoring to Victoria’s Corey Small, with 21 goals and 46 points in 12 games.

With starting goaltender Frankie Scigliano away on a family matter, Brandon Mulligan offered a 50-save effort in net, which was his second win on the season.

“We’ve grown pretty comfortable with him as a backup,” noted Comeault. “And he’s a great teammate.”

There are just five games left in the Burrards’ season, and they are back in action on Friday, facing a tough Burnaby Lakers team at Bill Copeland Arena. The Lakers also have designs on a league championship, and with a win would leapfrog the Burrards in the standings.

“They’re all big games now – there’s more parity in the league than there has been in a long time,” observed Comeault.

Back at home, the Burrards will have a shot at redemption against the Salmonbellies this Sunday, when they host a very physical opponent at 6:45 p.m. at Planet Ice.

 
 
MAPLE RIDGE BURRARDS 10 AT VICTORIA SHAMROCKS 9 RECAP
06/23/2017
 

Maple Ridge Burrards 10 at Victoria Shamrocks 9

Burrards take first of home and home in BC Capital in exciting 1 goal game on Friday

Written by Justis Doucet

Victoria - Friday night's matchup with the Maple Ridge Burrards was one that many 'Rocks fans had circled on their calendars since the release of the 2017 schedule. It was the first of a home and home with Maple Ridge which will wrap up Tuesday night on the mainland. Victoria took the opening matchup 12-10 in Maple Ridge in the first meeting between the teams since last year's WLA Final.

The Rocks started the game firing on all cylinders, scoring the game's first three goals. Rhys Duch opened the scoring in his return to the lineup eight minutes in, then Mike Triolo extended the lead just thirty-one seconds later. Chris Wardle made it 3-0 two minutes after Triolo's marker. Maple Ridge then responded with three of their own, with goals from Matthew Dinsdale, Ben McIntosh, and Garrett McIntosh over a span of six minutes. The 3-3 tie was short lived, as Corey Small put the home side back in front thirty seconds later, and Victoria held a 4-3 lead after the first period.

Maple Ridge tied the game forty seconds into the second before Mike Triolo put the Shamrocks back in front with his second of the night. Ben McCullough then received a stretch pass from Aaron Bold and stepped into a shot from the slot in transition beating Frank Scigliano for his first of the season. It was also the first point of the season for Bold, and the lead was extended to 6-4. Dan Taylor scored his second of the period to bring the Burrards back within one with 6:25 left in the period. Triolo finished off the hat trick in the final minute of the second period, taking a pass from Duch and beating Scigliano to make it 7-5 Victoria. The 'Rocks took the two-goal lead to the dressing room after forty minutes with the shots twenty-three aside.

The teams traded chances in the third period until Corey Small took a shot that hit a defender and fooled Maple Ridge netminder Frank Scigliano and barely rolled across the line to make it 8-5. The Burrards wouldn't go away, scoring twice in three minutes to make it a one-goal game. Then the WLA's second leading scorer [Mike Mallory] tied it at 10:37. The Burrards scored twice more in the next thirty seconds to take a 10-8 lead with nine minutes to go. The league's best power-play got a chance to trim the deficit with six minutes left and Josh Fagan beat Scigliano as the penalty was winding down to make it a 10-9 game. It now marks three straight games with a goal for Fagan after not scoring in his first five games. Aaron Bold made a great play with thirty seconds left coming out of his goal and forcing a turnover at the back of the net so Victoria could call timeout. The Shamrocks had their chances to tie the game but could not find the equalizer.

Maple Ridge took home a 10-9 win, evening the season series at one apiece with the third and final meeting on Tuesday in Maple Ridge. Mike Triolo was the game's first star with three goals and an assist and Corey Small was the third star with two goals and two helpers. Maple Ridge's Mike Mallory was the game's second star with a pair of goals.

 
 
BURRARDS LOSE TO SHAMROCKS
06/14/2017
 

The Maple Ridge Burrards lost their first matchup with the always tough Victoria Shamrocks on Sunday by a score of 12-10.

It was a rematch of last year’s league championship series, but coach Rob Williams said his Burrards didn’t show a lot of urgency until the third period, which they entered trailing 10-6. They made up some of the difference, but couldn’t complete a comeback.

Victoria was whistled for 45 minutes in penalties on 17 infractions, and the improved Burrards power play scored six goals in 16 attempts to make them pay.

The Shamrocks went two-for-seven with the man advantage, but won the game five-on-five.

Mike Mallory had four goals and seven points to lead the Burrards, while Owen Barker had four goals and six points.

The goals give Mallory a league leading 14 on the season, and Williams said he has been a warrior for the Burrards so far this season.

Coady Adamson had a strong game, with a goal and four assists for five points.

The Burrards did a good job on league scoring leader Corey Small, holding him to two goals and an assist.

Victoria’s Rhys Duch got his share of points, with three goals and four assists.

Williams said Victoria had most of their roster, while he was still “patching things together” as he waits for key players returning from the NLL playoffs.

The Coquitlam Adanacs had beaten the Shamrocks on Saturday by a score of 7-6, showing the parity in the WLA.

The Burrards are tied with the Burnaby Lakers for second place in the league at 3-2, while Victoria leads the circuit with a record of 5-1.

With key players returning from the NLL, including offensive stars Ben McIntosh and Dan Taylor, the lineup should be looking like the one the Burrards were counting on to get them back into contention this season.

The Burrards will be in Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena to face the Timbermen this Friday. Then on Sunday they will host the still winless Langley Thunder at 6:45 p.m. at Cam Neely Arena.

 
 
BURRARDS FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON
05/16/2017
 

The RMMLA is proud to be hosting a Jr. A Lacrosse game at the Cam Neely Arena on May 28th at 2 PM. The Jr. A game will be entrance by donation with 50% of the money raised going to the Heart and Stroke Foundation with the remaining 50% to our Ridge Meadows Minor Lacrosse Association.

This game will be the lead in to our Burrards Day event at the Albion Fairgrounds!

First the Jr. A game, then our BBQ event out on the Fairgrounds before heading back into the Cam Neely Arena to cheer on the Home Opener of the Sr. Burrards.

It is going to be a fantastic day to celebrate lacrosse and Burrards Pride!

 
 
BURRARDS 2017 DRAFT PICKS
02/17/2017
 

ADAM DICKSON ( New Westminster JRA )

JEAN-LUC CHETNER ( Coquitlam JRA )

TYRELL HAMMER-JACKSON ( Delta JRA )

JESSE GILLESPIE ( New Westminster JRA )

ANTHONY DALE ( Coquitlam JRA )

MITCHELL MACAULAY ( New Westminster JRA )

WYATT PINDER ( Burnaby JRA )

RYLAND HOOD ( Delta JRA )

 
 
THE WESTERN LACROSSE ASSOCIATION IS ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR WEB SERVICES
01/17/2017
 

1. Internet Video Broadcasting

2. Website & Statistics Software

 
 
WESTERN LACROSSE ASSOCIATION

Est. 1932

Burnaby | Coquitlam | Langley | Maple Ridge | Nanaimo | New Westminster | Victoria
 
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

Internet Video Broadcasting
 

1. Summary and Background

The Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) is accepting proposals to operate an Internet video broadcast ("webcast") of all regular and post-season WLA games. The existing webcast agreement expired at the end of the 2016 season, and the WLA has opened this process to ensure that it is delivering the correct balance between fan entertainment and value for dollar.

The WLA is an amateur league of men’s Senior A box lacrosse, sanctioned by the Canadian Lacrosse Association. It consists of seven teams based in cities throughout south-western British Columbia. Each year, the playoff teams battle for the right to compete against the Major Series Lacrosse champion for the Mann Cup held in September. The Mann Cup championship is hosted alternately between Ontario and British Columbia each year.

2. Proposal Guidlines

Proposals will be accepted until 5pm PST, January 30th, 2017. All proposals must be signed by an official agent or representative of the company submitting the proposal.

All costs must be itemized to include an explanation of all fees and costs. This includes hardware costs to fill deficiencies (see Project Scope), on either a purchase, lease, or rental basis.

All proposals must be inclusive of staffing costs on a per game basis.

All costs included in proposals must include and clearly state any outsourced or contracted work. If the organization submitting a proposal must outsource or contract any work to meet the requirements. Proposals which call for outsourcing or contracting work must include a name and description of the organizations being contracted.

All proposals submitted must include the cost of providing needed equipment to New Westminster and Nanaimo, and should include recommended high definition cameras to give teams the option to upgrade. Proposals may optionally include an equipment lease option for all teams.

All contractual terms and conditions will be subject to review by the WLA Board of Governors and their agents and will include scope, budget, schedule, and other necessary items pertaining to the project. Final contract terms and conditions will be negotiated upon selection of the winning bidder for this RFP.

3. Project Scope

The scope of this project includes all production, broadcast, and staffing of the webcast, as well as the provision and recommendations for replacement of any hardware required for the broadcast.

Hiring, management, and payment of camera operators, broadcasters, and other personnel are the responsibilities of the successful bidder.

The WLA is seeking a provider to deliver a modern webcast to its fans including pre-game, in-game, between periods, post-game, inclusive of league-provided advertising or sponsorship content where appropriate.

Hardware

  • Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Maple Ridge currently own one (1) standard definition camera, one (1) computer, and one (1) audio mixer.
  • New Westminster does not own an audio mixer or camera. They were loaned from the previous webcast provider. They do own a computer.
  • Nanaimo does not own a camera. They do own a computer and audio mixer.
  • Victoria and Langley have outsourced the video production element of the webcast, and do not own any equipment. They provide a broadcast-ready feed to the webcast provider.

Game Content

In-Game: the WLA requires live video to be broadcast, following the action on the floor. The broadcast must also show a graphic overlay showing the teams playing, the current score, and current period. There should be an indication of the current time remaining in the period, and the time remaining on the shot clock.

Pre-Game: the WLA requires some “game starting soon” graphic looping to show the fan they have logged in successfully. There should be the option to show an intro video to transition from the looping graphic to the live video.

Post-Game: the WLA requires some “thank you for watching” graphic looping to indicate the end of the live broadcast. There should be the option to show an outro video to transition from the live video to the looping graphic.

Between periods: the WLA requires the ability to provide (optionally: to have produced) pre-recorded entertainment segments. Examples may include: pre-recorded interviews, historical videos, and “Intro to Lacrosse”-style videos. There should be the ability to do a live interview from the floor.

Advertising or Sponsorship Content

Additionally, the WLA requires the ability to have the whole, or parts, of the broadcast to be sponsored. This may require either on-screen graphics, or additions to the announcer’s scripts to fulfill sponsorship obligations.

4. Bidder Qualifications

Bidders should provide the following items as part of their proposal for consideration:

  • Description of experience in planning and building a webcast system.
  • Examples or references of other webcasts produced by your organization.
  • Timeframe for completion (noting that the WLA season begins mid-May).

5. Proposal Evaluation Criteria

The WLA will evaluate all proposals based on the following criteria. To ensure consideration, your proposal should be complete and include all the following criteria:

  • Overall proposal suitability: proposed solution must meet the scope and needs included herein, and be presented in a clear and organized manner.
  • Organizational Experience: Bidders will be evaluated on their experience as it pertains to the scope of this project.
  • Previous work: Bidders will be evaluated on examples of their work pertaining to webcasting.
  • Value and cost: Bidders will be evaluated on the cost of their solution based on the work to be performed in accordance with the scope of this project.

6. Submission

Each bidder must submit one (1) digital copy of their proposal to Paul Dal Monte, WLA Commissioner, at wlacommissioner@gmail.com, by January 30th, 2017 at 5pm PST.
 
 
 
WESTERN LACROSSE ASSOCIATION

Est. 1932

Burnaby | Coquitlam | Langley | Maple Ridge | Nanaimo | New Westminster | Victoria
 
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

Website and Statistics Software
 

1. Summary and Background

The Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) is accepting proposals to implement a website and statistics software package for the League. The WLA has opened this process to ensure that it is delivering the correct balance between content, ease of use, and value for dollar.

The WLA is an amateur league of men’s Senior A box lacrosse, sanctioned by the Canadian Lacrosse Association. It consists of seven teams based in cities throughout south-western British Columbia. Each year, the playoff teams battle for the right to compete against the Major Series Lacrosse champion for the Mann Cup held in September. The Mann Cup championship is hosted alternately between Ontario and British Columbia each year.

2. Proposal Guidlines

Proposals will be accepted until 5pm PST, January 30th, 2017. An official agent or representative of the company submitting the proposal must sign all proposals.

All costs must be itemized to include an explanation of all fees and costs.

All costs included in proposals must include and clearly state any outsourced or contracted work. If the organization submitting a proposal must outsource or contract any work to meet the requirements. Proposals that call for outsourcing or contracting work must include a name and description of the organizations being contracted.

All contractual terms and conditions will be subject to review by the WLA Board of Governors and their agent and will include scope, budget, schedule, and other necessary items pertaining to the project. Final contract terms and conditions will be negotiated upon selection of the winning bidder for this RFP.

3. Project Scope

The scope of this project includes all the design and implementation of a website for the WLA, and the implementation of a statistics and scorekeeping solution for the WLA.

Hiring, management, and payment of scorekeepers, writers, and social media operators are the responsibilities of the WLA.

The WLA is seeking a provider to deliver a modern website and statistics software package to its staff and fans.

Website

The WLA currently has a website at www.WLALacrosse.com. The static content and news archive are required to be ported to any new website.

The website must have the ability for WLA staff to update the site and news, through an easy-to-use content management system.

The website must integrate with the statistics software package to show the current game schedule, statistical leaders, and league, team, and individual player statistics.

The website must be responsive to desktops, laptops, tablet computers, and smart phones.

The website should provide the ability to show paid content, through display advertising and/or annotating sponsored content.

Statistics Software Package


The statistics software package must be able to be used on game days to record the official score of the game, including: goals, shots, penalties, time outs, face offs, and game meta data (date, time, start time, end time, officials, scorekeepers, home team, away team, location).

The statistics software package must have a fan facing “live scoreboard” to display the action of the game in real time.

The statistics software package should be useable on Windows and MacOS devices.

The statistics software package should be resilient to computer issues, namely, loss of Internet connection. (The WLA acknowledges that loss of Internet will negatively affect the live scoreboard).

The statistics software may optionally have a tablet-optimized version or user interface.

The statistics software may optionally provide the ability to dynamically generate a game story suitable for publication based on the score sheet of the game.

4. Bidder Qualifications

Bidders should provide the following items as part of their proposal for consideration:

  • Description of experience in planning and building a website and statistics software package.
  • Examples or references of other websites and statistics software packages produced by your organization.
  • Timeframe for completion (noting that the WLA season begins mid-May).

5. Proposal Evaluation Criteria

The WLA will evaluate all proposals based on the following criteria. To ensure consideration, your proposal should be complete and include all the following criteria:

  • Overall proposal suitability: proposed solution must meet the scope and needs included herein, and be presented in a clear and organized manner.
  • Organizational Experience: Bidders will be evaluated on their experience as it pertains to the scope of this project.
  • Previous work: Bidders will be evaluated on examples of their work pertaining to websites and statistics software packages.
  • Value and cost: Bidders will be evaluated on the cost of their solution based on the work to be performed in accordance with the scope of this project.

6. Submission

Each bidder must submit one (1) digital copy of their proposal to Paul Dal Monte, WLA Commissioner, at wlacommissioner@gmail.com, by January 30th, 2017 at 5pm PST.
 
 
THE WESTERN LACROSSE ASSOCIATION IS LOOKING FOR A PART-TIME SOCIAL & DIGITAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
01/09/2017
 

JOB BRIEF

The Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) is looking for a young, talented, and passionate part-time Social & Digital Media Coordinator to create and maintain a strong online presence for the league. Your role is to implement online marketing and communications strategies through the league website and social media accounts, with a focus on increasing web traffic, social media dialogue, and fan engagement.

As a Social & Digital Media Coordinator, you will report to the WLA Commissioner and work with our member clubs to develop content and suggest creative and innovative ways to attract more fans and promote our game and our brand.

The Social & Digital Media Coordinator is a highly motivated, creative individual with experience and a passion for sports and connecting with current and future fans. That passion comes through as he/she engages with fans on a regular basis, communicating the WLA’s brand in a positive, authentic way that will attract today’s modern, hyper-connected young fans, with the ultimate goal of turning fans into customers.

The Social & Digital Media Coordinator will administer the WLA’s social media marketing and advertising.

Administration includes but is not limited to:

  • Development of brand awareness and online reputation
  • Content management
  • SEO and generation of inbound traffic
  • Cultivation of leads and sales

The Social & Digital Media Coordinator is instrumental in managing the WLA’s content-related assets.

Content management duties include:

  • Support the creation and publishing of current, relevant, original, high-quality content
  • Identify, educate, and improve WLA digital / online / social media presence and awareness, ensuring alignment and consistency
  • Create a regular publishing schedule
  • Work with the clubs to implement a content editorial calendar to manage content and plan specific, timely marketing campaigns
  • Promote content through social advertising

Responsibilities

  • Provide direction & leadership around current digital media trends
  • Educate colleagues around the league to use social media in a consistent, cohesive, and beneficial way
  • Create engaging text, image and video content
  • Design posts to sustain fans’ curiosity and create buzz
  • Measure web traffic and monitor SEO
  • Facilitate online conversations with fans and respond to queries
  • Report on online reviews and feedback from fans
  • Oversee social media accounts’ layout
  • Suggest new ways to attract prospective fans

Requirements

  • Related work social / digital media experience
  • Expertise in multiple social media platforms
  • Ability to deliver creative content (text, image and video)
  • Familiarity with online marketing strategies and channels
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of SEO, keyword research and Google Analytics
  • Degree in Marketing, New Media or relevant field
If you’re a young, energetic, up and coming social / digital media star who loves sports and is interested in developing your skills and resume, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Please submit your resume, along with a brief cover letter by email to wlacommissioner@gmail.com

Application deadline is Friday January 27, 2017.
 
 
WLA HIRES NEW COMMISSIONER
11/28/2016
 
WLA HIRES NEW COMMISSIONER
Sports Management Leader Paul Dal Monte Joins League Office



November 25th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Burnaby, BC
- The Board of Governors announced this afternoon that they have unanimously agreed to terms with Paul Dal Monte to join the WLA as the league's new Commissioner.

Mr. Dal Monte has an extensive lacrosse background: six-time Minto Cup Champion with Burnaby (three as a player, three as a coach), three-time Mann Cup Champion (as a player) with New Westminster, Head Coach & Director of Lacrosse Operations for the Vancouver Ravens of the NLL, and Assistant Coach with Team Canada in 2002 - 2003. Mr. Dal Monte is also honoured to have been inducted into the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame.

Mr. Dal Monte has an extensive sports business background, including 15 years in Brand/Marketing with the Vancouver Canucks. He has also consulted with organizations such as the Ottawa Senators, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Abbotsford Heat, and Langley Events Centre. One of the industry's most respected marketing executives, Paul currently leads a digital fan experience team for TELUS.

"I am thrilled for the opportunity to join the WLA and work with General Managers and the Board of Governors to take the League to the next level, " said Mr. Dal Monte. "I'm especially looking forward to leveraging my relationships in the Canadian lacrosse community, and the long history and competitive nature of the WLA to expand the profile of the WLA in the Canadian sports scene."

*** The Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) is an amateur league of men's Senior 'A' box lacrosse sanctioned by the Canadian Lacrosse Association. It consists of seven teams, based in cities throughout southwestern British Columbia. Every year, the playoff teams battle for the right to compete against the Major Series Lacrosse champion for the Mann Cup every September. ***

For further information, contact:

Dan Richardson
Chair, Board of Governors
Phone: 604-250-4509
Email: dlck@shaw.ca
Paul Dal Monte
Commissioner-Elect
Phone: 604-862-6863
Email: paul@dalmonte.ca
 
 
BURRARDS GM CHANGE
11/23/2016
 

After their most successful season in almost 40 years the Maple Ridge Burrards are making a change. Due to work commitments and other coaching responsibilities, Daren Fridge will not be returning as the club’s General Manager. Rey Comeault will move from his Assistant GM role which he has held for five seasons into the GM role. Fridge will move into a Director role focusing on the upcoming 2017 draft, scouting and growing/building our alumni relations.

Daren has served as Head coach, GM and player all as a Burrard and is one of the longest serving members of the Burrards organization having played in Vancouver, Surrey and Maple Ridge, for over 25 years. Daren Fridge is and always will be a Burrard.

Rey Comeault’s knowledge of the game and the players in this upcoming generation is going to give him the expertise he needs to excel at being a great General Manager, his rapport with the players and others in the game will be a key to his success.

The Burrards organization is excited for the new roles both Rey and Daren are taking on with our historic club and look forward to a great 2017 WLA season.

Regards

Lance Andre
President/Governor
Maple Ridge Burrards

 
 
WLA SEEKS NEW COMMISSIONER
11/09/2016
 
Press Release

Burnaby, BC - The Western Lacrosse Association announced today that Ernie Truant will not be returning as Commissioner for the upcoming 2017 season.

Speaking on behalf of the WLA Board of Governors, Chairman Dan Richardson said, "We are grateful to Ernie not only for his work the past two seasons in the WLA. but for the lifetime he has dedicated to the game of lacrosse."

This was Ernie's second term as Commissioner; having taken the reins in 2009, then again in 2015. He previously held similar positions in the BC Junior A and West Coast Senior B box lacrosse leagues.

The Board of Governors is looking for a new direction with the position of Commissioner, and invites interested parties to stay tuned to www.WLALacrosse.ca in anticipation of an official Request for Interest being posted very soon.

*** The Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) is an amateur league of men's Senior A box lacrosse sanctioned by the Canadian Lacrosse Association. It consists of seven teams, based in cities throughout southwestern British Columbia. Every year, the playoff teams battle for the right to complete against the Major Series Lacrosse champion for the Mann Cup every September. ***

For further information, contact:

Dan Richardson

Chair, Board of Governors
Phone: 604-250-4509
Email: gm@salmonbellies.com
 
 
FINAL LIST OF THE 2016 BURRARDS PLAYER AWARDS
9/27/2016
 
Most Valuable Player Frankie Scigliano
Offensive Player of the Year Mike Mallory
Most Inspirational Player Aaron Davis
Defensive Player of the Year Colton Porter
Unsung Hero Brandon Mulligan
Most Improved Player Clay Miller
Rookie of the Year Matt Symes
Volunteer of the Year Wayne Funk

Congratulations to all the winners.


See all the 2016 WLA Award winners.
 
 
ROB WILLIAMS JOINS CALGARY ROUGHNECKS AS ASSISTANT COACH
9/22/2016
 

The Calgary Roughnecks today announced the hiring of Rob Williams as assistant coach. Williams joins head coach and assistant general manager Curt Malawsky and assistant coach Bob McMahon to form the coaching staff for the 2017 National Lacrosse League season.

"Rob brings tremendous experience, knowledge and passion to the team," said general manager Mike Board. "We are excited to add Rob's coaching and playing pedigree to the organization. He will make a terrific complement to Curt Malawsky and the coaching staff."

"Rob has played at the highest levels in lacrosse including the NLL, WLA and national field program," said Malawsky."He has a good mind for the game, a very strong character ‎and is a fierce competitor. Rob is known for having a great rapport with his players. He is the kind of coach players will run through the wall for and will be an outstanding addition to the Roughnecks organization."

Williams, 44, brings 11 years of coaching experience to the Roughnecks as both a head coach (2016) and an assistant coach (2006-15) of the Maple Ridge Burrards of the Western Lacrosse Association. Under his guidance, the Burrards recently captured the club's first-ever WLA championship and advanced to the 2016 Mann Cup. In August, Williams was named the WLA's Coach of the Year.

"I appreciate this great opportunity and look forward to working with the Roughnecks," said Williams. "I am excited to work with such a great coaching and management staff as well as a successful team and will work hard to help bring Calgary, with some of the greatest fans in the NLL, another championship."

Prior to stepping behind the bench, the Coquitlam, British Columbia, native patrolled the defensive zone for nine NLL seasons with the Baltimore Thunder (1996), Ontario Raiders (1998), the first Canadian NLL team, Vancouver Ravens (2002-04), Calgary Roughnecks (2005-06) and Edmonton Rush (2006-08). In 106 career games, he recorded 15 goals and 60 points along with 345 loose balls. Following his NLL playing career, Williams joined the Toronto Rock as a scout from 2012-14.

 
 
BURRARDS... WLA CHAMPIONS ( by Neil Corbett )
9/3/2016
 

The Maple Ridge Burrards won their first-ever WLA championship and their first trip to the Mann Cup on Friday night, when they beat the Victoria Shamrocks 10-9 in Game 6 of their best-of-seven series.

In front of a packed Cam Neely Arena, the Burrards earned their first-ever appearance in the Mann Cup Canadian lacrosse championship, when they dethroned last year's champions. The Shamrocks were also the WLA champions for three straight years.

For first-year head coach Rob Williams, the WLA coach of the year, the feeling is "Unbelievable."

"We just kept believing in the process. This group of guys is special," he said.

All year the team has had the motto "Wha''s next," to move on from mistakes and be mentally tough.

There were teary-eyed people around the celebrating players, from trainers to fans to volunteers.

"This group is a family, I think that's part of it," said the coach. "Guys like Aaron Davis and Kevin Reid - these guys have been around forever."

"It's only taken 13 or 14 years to get here," said Reid, who is a key player in the defensive end for the Burrards.

This was a complete team, he said. He called Frank Scigliano "hands down the best goalie I've ever played with," and said the team is stocked with quality players.

"We're deep. It's more depth, especially offensively. The defence is always going to be shut-down, but this year our offence is firing on all cylinders. We could put the ball in the net when we needed to, " said Reid.

"We're an exciting team to watch."

Mike Mallory and Ben McIntosh led the Burrards offence with five points each on Friday night, Mallory with three goals and two assists, and McIntosh with a goal and four assists. Riley Loewen had a pair of each for four points, and Dan Taylor had a goal and three assists.

Team captain Davis is a veteran of 11 seasons with the Burrards.

"It feels great. It's been a lot of years, a lot of hours, and a lot of sacrifice for the players, the staff and everyon's family, and it's well worth it right now," he said.

Davis said he knew at the start of the season that the 2016 Burrards could finally break through.

"I knew we had the bodies for it. The past few years we've come a long way. We've been drafting well, made a few good trades and we've just become a closer-knit team," he said.

"We were definitely knocking on the door the past few years, and it all came together."

Now the Burrards will be heading to Ontario to take on the Major Series Lacrosse champions in a best-of-seven series that starts on Sept. 9.

Williams said the Burrards will have a good shot at winning the Mann Cup.

"A shift at a time, and What's next - I think we can compete with anyone."

 
 
 
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