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Philadelphia
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Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
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Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
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15
New York
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Sat, Dec 3
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11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
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16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
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6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
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20:30:00
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Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
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Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
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Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
Sun, Jan 8
0:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
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Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
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Halifax
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
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Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
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Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
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New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
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Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
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Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
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Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
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Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
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Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
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Las Vegas
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20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Colorado
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Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
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22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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San Diego
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22:00:00
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Gloves Off: Colton Armstrong

The National Lacrosse League is home to the best box lacrosse players in the world. They are at the top of their game, put on stellar athletic performances and have diehard, competitive attitudes. 

With lacrosse action suspended until the pandemic has subsided, NLL players have been missing the game fiercely. Thankfully, they have stayed busy in their day-to-day lives. They’ve spent more time with friends and family, honed different types of skills, and remained grounded during this tumultuous moment in history. 

Gloves Off is a 13-installment series that peels back the layers of our athletes to uncover more about their lifestyle and personal lives, learning about their hobbies, passions and more, with the goal of making them inherently more relatable to their fans. 


Colton Armstrong has to play video games. Doctor’s orders. 

It’s a form of rehab for the 25-year-old Halifax Thunderbirds’ defender. Armstrong tore a ligament in his thumb early in the 2019-2020 NLL season after his hand got stuck in an opponent’s helmet. 

It wasn’t going to be a quick fix. 

“The doctors said I could play as long as I taped it up and supported it properly, though there was no strength in it. If any cross check went to my thumb there was a lot of pain, but it was my first full season and I didn’t want to let either the team or myself down, Armstrong says. 

He didn’t have surgery to fix it until the pandemic had stalled the season, and by then there was nothing left of the ligament to fix, so Armstrong jokes that his thumb is now bionic. The ligament was reconstructed out of fibre wire and connected to a bolt in his thumb. 

He was in a cast for six weeks, isolated in his apartment. When the cast came off, the doctor recommended he play video games to rebuild his strength. 

He said ‘start playing them, use your thumb, use your joystick. I had to ask him three or four times, ‘you want me to play video games?’  

It certainly helped him get the mobility and strength back in his hand, and even strengthened his already impeccable hand-eye coordination. 

Overlooked in the NLL draft, Armstrong was a late bloomer. He was signed by the former Rochester Knighthawks midway through the 2018-19 season after a breakout performance with the Arena Lacrosse League’s Peterborough Timbermen. Now a transition specialist, he scored 17 goals and 11 assists in his last year with the Timbermen. After scoring a goal in his NLL debut, he accompanied the team to their new digs in Halifax. 

“Halifax is amazing,” he says. “A lot of the fans didn’t know much about lacrosse, but we gave away 8000 tickets for the first scrimmage game and the building was full. They loved it and they kept coming back, especially after we kept getting the wins. It was unbelievable. We want to bring a championship to Halifax. 

It was ridiculous how smooth it was going, then the door just slammed in our faces. Lockdown and Covid, and we all panicked because we couldn’t do anything. It’s been hard.” 

To help combat the isolation he felt during his rehab, Armstrong took a cue from teammate Jake Withers and started a Twitch channel (twitch.tv/armyjrr), where he plays Call of Duty Warzone (“and sometimes Fortnite,” he admits). He would absolutely play an NLL video game, as himself, should one be developed. 

Twitch is a streaming service that caters primarily to gamers, allowing a player to broadcast their game to an audienceIt’s an interactive platform that has really taken off over the last couple of years, especially since the pandemic hitgrowing from 2.2 million active streamers in 2018 to 9.5 million active streamers currently.  

Armstrong says it’s a good way to feel like you’re a part of a community and to combat the loneliness. 

Everyone’s watched everything on Netflix already during Covid. Twitch is awesome because its live, online and a whole new community. 

At 50 followers you become a Twitch Affiliate, and can make a bit of money while you stream. Armstrong currently has 75 followers and says if people subscribe to his channel through their Amazon Prime accounts, he’ll get a boost. A long-term goal is to become a Twitch Partner, but he’ll need 3000 subscribers for that. 

“That’s a long time away but it would be cool to become a Partner and become more known and get that check mark beside my name.” 

So far the experience has been positive for Armstrong. 

“It’s been good!” he enthuses. “Friends can come in and hang out for a while and watch, or just drop in and say hi. It’s good to be able to interact with them in this way during the pandemic. If I get killed in the game my friends will chirp me, tell me I’m trash, which brings my competitive lacrosse side out and makes me want to be better so I’ll start showing off.” 

He got some good advice from Withers, and also brainstorms with fellow streamers, who he says are incredibly kind and helpful to those just starting out. 

It’s cool to learn from them and see how they communicate with their community, big names like NickmercsFor Twitch you need a fast computer, with a lot more components inside your computer than one you can buy from a store, so I have a custom built PC. They’ll tell you what they have and give you advice on how you can make your setup better.  

He didn’t just build his own computer; Armstrong is also busy building a cottage with his brother-in-law. They recently started their own construction company and already have a client. They’re in the planning stages, which includes creating blueprints and procuring the building materials. Once they’re ready, he and his brother-in-law will do all the physical construction work themselves. 

They want it to be done by summer. It’ll require a lot of man power, which will help Armstrong stay in shape and train for his next season with the Thunderbirds. 

He says that, for him, there’s a lot of crossover between construction and lacrosse. 

“I’m a hands-on learner and that’s a big thing in lacrosse. Obviously you can draw up a play but I’d rather run through the drill and have someone show me. That’s how I found my passion for construction; I can learn how to cut roofs or read a blue print because someone can show me and then I can mimic them. 

It’s a hobby he trained for in Fleming College’s carpentry technician program, and he now sees his projects as a point of pride. 

You start with some dirt, and then you dig a hole and pour the foundation, build some walls, put the roof on and you have this whole transformation. When your client smiles after the house is done, seeing the happiness in their face is awesome. 

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