National Lacrosse League Commissioner Jim Jennings announced today that the league has created three new divisions for the upcoming 2001-02 season.
The league released the divisional realignment during the NLL summer meetings at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The NLL dissolved the singular division that has been the staple of the league since its inception in 1998. The NLL will issue names for the three new divisions at a later date.
Rochester joins a division with rival Buffalo, Albany, Montreal and Columbus. Montreal becomes the 13th team in the NLL and the fourth team to join the league for the 2001-02 season. The Montreal franchise will play its home games at the Molson Centre.
"It is the second largest market in Canada behind only Toronto," said Jennings. "We now have teams in all five major markets in Canada."
Another division includes New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington. The last division has Toronto, Ottawa and two expansion teams: Vancouver and Calgary.
The new 16-game schedule features two games against each divisional opponent. The remainder of the contests will be based on the previous year's record, similar to the National Football League. A schedule will be released at a later date. Here is the new look National Lacrosse League:
Rochester New York Toronto
Buffalo New Jersey Vancouver
Albany Philadelphia Calgary
Montreal Washington Ottawa
OTHER NEWS FROM THE MEETINGS:
The Competition Committee increased the size of the net by three inches. The height of the goal remains 4 feet, but the width has changed from 4 feet 6 inches to 4 feet 9 inches.