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Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
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Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
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15
New York
14
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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Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
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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
Vancouver
Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
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
San Diego
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
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
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
Saskatchewan
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
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
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
Philadelphia
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
Las Vegas
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
Vancouver
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
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
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Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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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
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
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
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
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Gloves Off: Doug Utting

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. 


The Rochester Knighthawks’ Doug Utting counts his blessings every day for the support he receives in his life. From his parents to his coaches, to his fiancé Mel, he’s been able to play the long game in both lacrosse and life. 

Utting joined the Knighthawks just before his 28th birthday following a winding career through Ontario’s lacrosse system. It began with minor lacrosse in Brockville, with stops in CUFLA (London and North Bay), Sr. B (Ottawa), Major Series Lacrosse (Cobourg) and the Arena Lacrosse League (Peterborough). 

“It was not typical path,” Utting laughs.  

 While he was touring Ontario through lacrosse, he was also doing it for his education. The first stop was the University of Western Ontario, where his parents met, for his undergrad in business. 

 Following his time at Western, Utting took a year off to travel and think about his next steps. Though it’s not his current path, owning his own business one day isn’t out of the question. 

 He decided on two years at Nipissing to obtain his Bachelor of Education, following in his sister’s footsteps, and then a year and a half at Queens for his Master’s degree in Education. Over seven-plus years of schooling allowed him to pursue a position at Loyalist College in Belleville as a professor in the Developmental Services Worker program. It trains students to become educational assistants and support workers for people with intellectual disabilities.  

 Growing up, that’s something he had first-hand experience with. His mom was a family support coordinator, and his parents also opened their home as a host family for people with intellectual disabilities.  

 “We had a child around my age that would spend one weekend a month with us. Whatever we were doing, if we were going to hockey tournaments or family events, he always joined us,” Utting explains. “When I got older I took on roles as a support worker in the community. Leading up to my time at Loyalist, I was supporting a teenager to access sports within his community and to play a valued role on his local soccer and hockey teams.” 

 He credits his parents with instilling in him the passion for helping others reach their potential and “encouraging my sister and I to get to know people of all abilities and backgroundsMy parents have been great role models and have had a strong influence on me. They’re so supportive and together they have always been two of my biggest fans.” 

 Utting teaches a variety of different courses including the Evolution of Developmental Services and Inclusive Practice, a course he designed after a lot of research and collaboration with his department colleagues. The course is focused around inclusivity in education, employment and recreation, from which he can draw on his own experiences. 

 “The program really looks at the strengths of people with intellectual disabilities and what they can contribute to their communities, which often isn’t the case – the focus is placed on their deficits or what they can’t do,” Utting states. “When you’re relating that to lacrosse, everybody on the team has a role that they can play. They have something that they can contribute and bring to the team. That really connects my specific role at Loyalist with my experiences as a lacrosse player.” 

 Utting typically teaches for 2-3 hours per day in addition to creating lesson plans, meeting with students, attending school events and marking assignments.  

 He’s grateful for the support of the college in encouraging him to be a professional athlete in the NLL. 

 “Not only is the Dean really supportive of my time, but my program coordinator and the other faculty in the program have been extremely helpful getting me settled as a new professor,” he says. “We’re a team, we support one another and there are certain times when our lives are busier, but we always make sure we’re not sacrificing the student experience.” 

 His first year in the NLL was a busy one, as he was just finishing up his master’s degree and also needed time off to represent Israel at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in addition to starting at Loyalist.   

 Utting’s path to the NLL mimicked his path to his role at Loyalist, and he easily draws parallels between the long journeys to both. 

 “There are valuable lessons that come from team sports like collaboration and perseverance. You sacrifice on and off the floor for the good of the team, ahead of your individual success. Definitely the traveling I’ve done for lacrosse has taught me about what it takes to accomplish goals,” he laughs, remembering the seven-hour round trip from Nipissing to Peterborough for ALL games. 

 Playing in the ALL and MSL allowed him to play year round and be exposed to a higher-level of competitive lacrosse, with the ALL featuring up-and-comers and the summer MSL featuring plenty of off-season NLL stars. 

 As a rookie defenseman for the Knighthawks, Utting averaged 17:59 seconds of floor time in 2019-20 before the season was called because of the pandemic. He scored one goal and scooped 47 loose balls.  

 “I really appreciated Dan Carey taking a chance on me,” Utting says. “It was a long journey.”  

 And another journey is just beginning for Utting: he proposed to his longtime girlfriend Melanie in January, so the two have been spending time planning their upcoming wedding.  

 The first few weeks we were all-in on planning; we got the venue and a lot of things locked down and then we took a step back and realized the wedding is still a year and a half away,” he chuckles. “Now we’re focusing on spending time together and enjoying the extra time we’ve had during the pandemic. 

 They’re also adopting a golden retriever puppy in a few weeks, which Utting says will be a new experience for him. 

 “It’ll be good preparation for having kids one day. I’m looking forward to it, but banking all the sleep that I can right now.” 

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