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WK
1
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
9
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
WK
20
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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For Jesse King, Assisting isn’t just Part of Lacrosse, it’s a Part of Life

The Juan De Fuca and Topaz Park lacrosse boxes of Metro Victoria, British Columbia, are widely unknown to the average lacrosse-watching fans of Canada and the United States. Still, for one of the NLL’s brightest stars, Jesse King, a Victoria-native, likely wouldn’t be the player, or the man, he is today without them.

During the more than 600 days of NLL-less action due to COVID-19, King, a member of the Calgary Roughnecks, remained focused and passionate about his goals of becoming a better lacrosse player and a better leader. It didn’t make it any easier that he was recovering from a collar bone injury – one of his many injuries in his NLL career.

Jesse, and often his brother, teammate and friend, Marshal, made sure to use their newfound time away from their team to pursue those aspirations. One of the few things they could still do because of the restrictions was train at the boxes mentioned above.

“For nearly two years, the only thing we could really do was train,” Jesse King said. “I was training at the gym or at the boxes every day I could and it started becoming this routine where I was training every day even though I never knew when I’d be able to implement everything that I’ve been working on with the guys that I was going to be playing with.”

Regardless of when the games were set to resume, the values learned through the routine of training would become far more valuable to what Jesse and Marshal would need to do outside the world of lacrosse.

In August of 2021, Emily Cox, the partner of Marshal, was diagnosed with high-grade Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, for the second time. Unfortunately, when the cancer returned, the only way to defeat the disease was to amputate Cox’s entire left leg up to the hip.

It has been a trying time, to say the least, for Emily, her family and Marshal, but they quickly found out how much their friends and their community care for them. As of this writing, Emily’s Go FundMe page has raised $100,000 CAD. That amount of donations is enough to allow Emily to receive one of the best prosthetic legs on the market.

Through these trials and tribulations, Jesse and the rest of the King family have been available to Marshal and Emily whenever they need anything. Jesse has never been far away, whether it was helping to organize fundraisers for Emily, give strong emotional support, or training in the lacrosse boxes.

Emily’s journey has not been an easy one for the Cox or King families, but it has brought them together and taught them how inner strength, perseverance and teamwork can help a person or group endure any challenge.

So, when this year’s Roughnecks training camp finally opened in early November, Jesse was a much different man than the last time he took the floor in December of 2019. His team had also undergone some of its own changes that would reshape the club and place Jesse in the center of the action.

Before this year, Dane Dobbie had helped lead the Roughnecks as both an elite scorer and passer. He led not only with his play, but through his voice and wisdom. Upon his departure from the team this past August, Dobbie sat atop the Roughnecks record books for most goals scored and most assists handed out in franchise history. To date, he still holds both of those records.

As much as the organization is prepared to move on and ultimately excel without Dobbie, the void of such a prolific player is undeniable. Finding ways to generate that level of offensive brilliance is no small feat, but this budding, young, attacking core is trying to find its way.

Curtis Dickson and his Superman-like heroics are still part of the centerpiece of this team’s scoring unit, just as he has been since he stormed onto the league in 2011, but the rest of the offense is not nearly as experienced.

Dickson is playing in his 11th NLL season (all with the Roughnecks), but the other eight forwards have only played a combined 26 years in this league – A good portion of that time was not spent with the Roughnecks. Furthermore, Dickson has played nine full seasons (including the shortened 2019-20 season), while those eight other players have played just three combined full seasons (including the 2019-20 season).

Finding the men who will lead this group in the ways that Dobbie did is a difficult task, but players like Dickson, Jesse and Tyler Pace have pushed themselves out of their comfort zones to fill the vacant leadership roles.

Jesse has not only become more of a vocal leader this season, handing out advice to the younger players, but has led by example by masterfully pushing the ball around the floor. He’s been able to whip the ball to his teammates with such ease this season, that he leads the NLL with 16 assists through Week 5. He’s been so willing to pass the rock off that he only has three goals this year, compared to league leader in points Holden Cattoni who has scored 10 goals.

Roughnecks Head Coach Curt Malawsky is one of many that has been impressed with Jesse’s facilitating of the ball and his all-around effort.

“The ball now goes through Jesse without [Dobbie] being there,” Malawsky said. “He’s good at finding the open guy – he’s a great on-ball guy and a great off-ball guy. He’s super responsible. He’s one of the guys up front that gets back and runs 200 feet and plays good, honest defense.”

Dickson, who has been teammates with Jesse since the 2018-19 season, has been on the receiving end of Jesse’s crafty ball movement more than a few times. As a dynamic scorer, Dickson has been pleased with Jesse’s body of work this season, even if he wants him to shoot more often.

“He’s the floor general,” Dickson said. “Anytime he gets the ball, he’s so smart and knows exactly what to do with it. Personally, I think he should shoot it more because I think he could score a million goals if he wanted to, but that’s the type of player he is; he’s unselfish and always looking for his teammates.”

That unselfishness has helped six of his teammates score this year. It has been a wish of Jesse’s to give back to this team in any way that he can after years of the Roughnecks supporting him through multiple injuries.

Coach Malawsky and the Roughnecks organization have been a part of the support system for Emily and the Kings. Regardless of what the team has asked of Jesse and Marshal, the King brothers have continued to give 110% to their team despite what has been happening in their personal lives.

“I know they have big hearts,” Malawsky said. “They care a lot about their teammates and are the ultimate professionals. They come to the rink all the time and you would have no idea they have so much going on in their personal lives. That’s a testament to who those guys are. It doesn’t go unnoticed by anyone on the coaching staff or in our organization. We’re a team, but we’re also a family, and we are willing to step up for them if they ever need anything.”

In a game that is defined by what you do inside of a box, often it’s how you think outside the box that will get you through the toughest challenges.

For Jesse, his time inside his local lacrosse boxes provided him the space he needed to reach beyond those boundaries of the box to become the best version of who he wanted to be for his teammates and his family.

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