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The other two teams in the league have plenty of success to build on from last year, having finished first and second overall in the regular season. The Turfdogs now have the General Motors Centre all to themselves but will represent as Oshawa, rather than Durham, now.
the way it used to be played. We loved the product we were able to put on the floor in Year 1 and we think it'll only get better this year," Veltman said. "There are so many terrific players looking for a chance to play lacrosse in the winter. It took a bit last year for everyone to get used to our rules, but they created a fast game. It should only be better this year as everyone hits the floor running."
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of seven teams in Year 2 of CLax, starting in January 2013. border, where St. Catharines will be the new home of the former Peel Avengers. Jeff Dowling continues as the General Manager and will try to tap into the wealth of the Niagara region lacrosse factory.
The season will kick off with a Creator's Cup rematch between the two teams playing out of the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena, the Ohsweken Demons and Iroquois Ironmen, on Saturday January 12th at 7pm. The next day will mark the return of lacrosse to the Gardens when the Shooting Stars play host to their inaugural game in a 2 pm start against the Oshawa Turfdogs.
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St. John says the focus through the summer has been on the business side of things, establishing the new franchises and locations and putting together the schedule, which will be released soon. Now that those are in place, attention will shift towards finalizing plans for the on floor product, namely the players. Registrations forms for the 2012 CLax Entry Draft will be on the league website in the next few days and the draft itself is planned for the end of October.
"We couldn't be more excited to have teams hitting the floor in Niagara, Barrie and, of course, the Cathedral on Carlton. With the other four teams returning as well, we really think the second season is going to stand on the shoulders of our great first year and provide great lacrosse to fans of the game the way it used to be played."
The third new home for CLax in its second year is the Molson Centre in Barrie, where Rob Blasdell will serve as GM and Head Coach for an expansion Nike Foamposite Silver franchise. CLax Commissioner Paul St. John says the league is thrilled to be moving into three new markets with strong lacrosse communities. "The vision all along has been to move one team each from the Oshawa and Brampton centres this year. It was great having two teams in each in our first season as we adjusted to the some of the labour pains that any new league faces," St. John said.
They also have a new president, although he's a familiar face with the franchise. Last year's assistant coach Jonas Derks takes over the reins of the club. He's bringing back Head Coach and GM Jason Crosbie to try to extend last year's success, when the Turfdogs took the regular season title, into playoff glory.
It's been a long time since Toronto fans have seen a championship won in the hallowed Maple Leaf Gardens. Twelve years, in fact. Since you're reading a lacrosse web site you may not immediately have thought 45, the number that would spring to many a mind. The Toronto Rock brought the building its last title in 2000, just before the doors were closed. Two of the men who helped the Rock win the Champions Cup that year are hoping to return lacrosse glory to the Carlton Street edifice (now known as the Mattamy Athletic Centre). Head Coach Glenn Clark and Assistant Coach Dan Ladouceur will lead the Toronto Shooting Stars in their first season in the Canadian Lacrosse League.
The Brampton Inferno are now the lone tenant in the Powerade Centre. Brian Biesel returns as the Head Coach of the highest scoring team in season one of CLax.
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