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Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
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Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
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Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Casey Zaph To Enter Knighthawks Hall Of Fame

Ten years after playing his final game for the Rochester Knighthawks, Casey Zaph will return to Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena. On Saturday, Feb. 28, the Knighthawks will honor “Zapher” by enshrining him into the team’s Hall of Fame.

“I wasn’t sure it would ever happen because it has been 10 years,” said Zaph, who will become the Hall of Fame’s 13th member. “I really appreciate the fact that the team is recognizing me.”

Zaph earned a reputation as a hard-nosed, no-nonsense defender for some of the legendary Knighthawks teams of the last decade. For six seasons (2000-05), he patrolled the back end and helped Rochester advance to two NLL Championship Games. His tenacity and dedication to the team earned him an Unsung Hero Award and selection to the Knighthawks’ 10th Anniversary Team. In 79 games, he notched 66 points and 377 ground balls, and still ranks in the Top 10 in team history in penalty minutes. 

Although compiling impressive numbers during his days in Rochester, Zaph said it was the fans he cherished the most about being a Knighthawk.

“My best memories are of meeting the (Knighthawks) Krew at Training Camp. ‘Knabber’ (Tim Knab) came up to me and had 10 people around me and they knew all about me,” said Zaph. “These guys do their research – it’s not just a fan club. They knew where I played and my stats in the summertime. They really welcomed me to the team. The cool part about Rochester is you go there and it’s just one big family.”

Knab’s favorite story goes back to the 2007 season and the Knighthawks Championship Game Viewing Party at Water Street Music Hall. Casey’s father, Neil, called Tim and asked if Casey could come to Rochester to watch the game against the Arizona Sting with the fans.

“That exemplifies Casey and the Zaph family as a whole. From Casey and (his wife) Sandi, to their kids, to his parents Neil and Patti, they love this team whether he is playing on the field or watching his team battle. He wanted to be among the fans of the Rochester Knighthawks and among his friends and his fans.”

Casey was a fan favorite from the moment he arrived in Rochester prior to the start of the 2000 season. 

“Zapher was always the one who seemed to find that spark when the team needed one, and noticed when the game wasn’t going according to plan. That’s when he would take control,” said Knab. “It wasn’t always with a huge hit or stripping the ball away and scoring, but in ways we fans never saw. There are plenty of stories around the locker room about how No. 27 was not afraid to let anyone know how important this game was to him, and how it should be played.”

The team Zaph joined was fresh off an appearance in the 1999 NLL Championship Game, which was their third appearance in five seasons. It was a roster that included future Hall of Famers Duane Jacobs, Tim Soudan, Jeremy Hollenbeck, Randy Mearns, Mike Hasen, Pat O’Toole, Regy Thorpe, Pat Cougevan and a rookie named John Grant Jr.

“The guys we had there were ‘Dewey’, ‘Soudo’, Regy and John Grant. It was pretty amazing to play with those guys,” said Zaph. “For me it was Hasen. He was my future captain in Brampton where I won the Mann Cup. I basically followed him to Brampton. We became really good friends as well. Then there was (Head Coach) Paul Day. I played against him one summer, and he became my coach after that.”

Zaph was a memorable player early in his lacrosse career. Day, who now works as an assistant coach for Rochester, recalled one of his first encounters with the tenacious defender.

“The first time I remember Zapher was my last year playing senior. He was playing for Peterborough and I was playing for Niagara Falls,” said Day. “He started playing with Accursi, ‘Toller’ (Steve Toll) and those guys. I remember him going for a loose ball and he was just fast and physical. He got drafted by Buffalo that year in the first round. A year later, we got him in Rochester. He was one of our key guys. He played hard and he hit hard. He did whatever it took to win.”

With the Knighthawks, Zaph quickly established himself as one of the toughest defensemen in the NLL. Just ask 17-year pro Mike Accursi, who played alongside, but mostly against, No. 27.

“The thing I remember the most about when I played against him was that he was a fierce competitor. He was as mean as anyone I have ever played against,” said Accursi. “He was one of those guys you hated playing against. He would never stop. He was always going 110 mph. He would let you know every time he knocked you on the ground how it felt down there. He was not a fun guy to play against.

“He’s a guy you hated playing against, but a guy you loved playing with,” added Accursi. “Casey was a great team guy. He always came in great shape. He would fight for anybody and do anything for anybody. I think that’s just the way he lives his life. He’s a great family man and a great guy, but a fierce competitor. He was just a great teammate.”

It was during his days in Rochester that Casey built his family, as he and his wife raised Charlie and Maggie. Zaph, who still teaches and coaches at Humberside Collegiate Institute in Toronto, found a friend in fellow defenseman Mike Hasen during the road trips to Rochester. The two young fathers shared stories of lacrosse and parenthood.

“We drove together every single practice and on the weekends,” said Hasen, who now serves as Knighthawks head coach. “We shared a lot of stories. Our families kind of grew up together during that time. We would get together away from the rink every so often as well. He was good teammate, but also was a very good friend.”

On February 28th, Casey and Mike will share more stories as they celebrate Zaph’s induction into the Knighthawks’ Hall of Fame. Casey will also share another special milestone in his life that night with the fans and his former teammates.

“I turn 40 years old the day before,” he said. “How is that for a birthday present?”

The weekend is befitting of Zaph, who put his body on the line each and every night for the team.

“If anybody deserves it, it’s Casey,” said Day. “He could play in this era and be the same player and be just as good if not better. He had speed, could score goals and could hit.”

“For me, he was one of my No. 1 choices,” said Hasen. “He did so much for us as players and I think he did a lot for the organization, representing the city and himself really well.”

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