The defending champion Canadian Men’s Indoor Lacrosse Team will field another strong roster, comprised of National Lacrosse League stars.
All 23 members of the Canadian team, which will compete in the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Langley, British Columbia from Sept. 19-28, played in the NLL last season.
Canada is the undefeated champion of the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, winning gold at every event since 2003. Building a roster to continue that tradition was no easy task, with a thick talent pool to choose from.
“Selecting the 23 man roster for Canada is always a challenge because of the depth of talent within our nation,” said Glenn Clark, head coach of the Canadian Men’s Indoor Lacrosse Team. “We are very excited about the roster choices and feel that this group will represent our country well. The talent and character that will be on display during the WILC will make our country proud.”
Eight NLL teams will have player representation on the Canadian roster, with the Saskatchewan Rush leading the way with five players (Robert Church, Chris Corbeil, Mark Matthews, Ben McIntosh and Kyle Rubisch), while the Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth and Georgia Swarm will each send four players.
Calgary, the 2019 NLL champs, will be represented by MVP Dane Dobbie, along with Zach Currier, Christian Del Bianco and Curtis Dickson. Colorado will send Dan Coates, Robert Hope, Eli McLaughlin, and Dillon Ward. Georgia will lend Bryan Cole, Shayne Jackson, Jason Noble and Mike Poulin to take part in the tournament.
Completing the roster will be Steve Priolo and Dhane Smith of the Buffalo Bandits, Graeme Hossack and Jake Withers of the Halifax Thunderbirds, Challen Rogers of the Toronto Rock and Matt Beers of the Vancouver Warriors.
“As always, selecting the team that will represent Canada at the world indoor lacrosse championships is a very difficult task. This year was no exception,” said Eddie Comeau, General Manager of the Canadian Men’s Box Lacrosse National Team. “The coaching staff spent many hours reviewing the pool of candidates we believe we have found a very good mix of players that will help us compete against the top countries in the world this September in Langley. We look forward to seeing these players represent Canada at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.”
Canada will open play against the United States on Sept. 19. Keep up with the action and follow all the NLL players as they compete in throughout the tournament on NLL.com