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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
17:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
Sat, Dec 3
20:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
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
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
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
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
Saskatchewan
Las Vegas
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Knighthawks Extend Assistant Coach O’Toole

The Rochester Knighthawks have announced the team has re-signed assistant coach Pat O’Toole for three more years. His new contract will take him through the 2018 National Lacrosse League season.

“It’s huge for me. We have had a pretty good run here,” he said. “It has been a lot of fun the last five years, winning three championships in a row and even last year making it to the division finals. To be asked back and be part of the group for another three years is really exciting and something I am looking forward to.”

O’Toole will enter his sixth season on the Rochester bench after helping the team reach the postseason for the fifth straight year. In 2015, the Knighthawks finished in second place in the East Division with a 12-6 record and advanced to the East Division Finals. More importantly, Rochester led the NLL with a league-low 173 goals against.

“It’s great having him work with the ‘D’ and the goalies,” said fellow assistant coach Paul Day, who coached O’Toole in Rochester from 1999-2005. “He is not far removed and can relate to the goalies. He has an old school approach to the game that is refreshing to work with.”

O’Toole is part of a talented group of coaches which includes assistants Jason Johnson, Andy Secore and Day. O’Toole is at the heart of that staff, which supports Head Coach Mike Hasen, and Owner and General Manager Curt Styres.

“The group of us are all like-minded and ‘Paddy’ brings passion (to the position), and keeps the guys on their toes and focused,” said Hasen. “He keeps the plan as simple as possible for everybody.”

O’Toole understands the importance of defense and goaltending to a team’s success, having backstopped two NLL teams to Champion’s Cups during his playing days. Known as one of the greatest goalies in team and league history, O’Toole spent 12 of his 16 seasons with the Knighthawks. He still ranks second all-time in NLL history in saves and was inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame on December 7, 2013. He was also the first goalie enshrined into the Knighthawks Hall of Fame in 2013.

“He’s a Hall of Fame player and knows what needs to be done to win,” said Knighthawks defenseman Mike Kirk. “He’s won at every level and brings that experience and knowledge to our back door.”

After hanging up his goalie stick and pads following the 2010 season, O’Toole moved into the coaching ranks. His coaching experience has included stints in the Senior “A” circuit and at various youth levels, including the Junior Knighthawks. Recently, he was named an assistant coach for England Lacrosse as it prepares for the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Moving from player to coach was a natural progression for O’Toole, and he has embraced his role off the turf.

“Being out of the game as a player for this long now, you adapt to the coaching role. I coach my son’s team in the summer in Canada so it’s box lacrosse year around,” he said. “I enjoyed my playing days very much, and I am proud of what I have done, but coaching is the next chapter of my career.”

Similar to his playing days, it’s with the Knighthawks where he has enjoyed the most success. O’Toole made the move into the team’s front office in time for the 2011 season. That year, Rochester finished 10-6 and returned to the Champion’s Cup Playoffs. The following season, the Knighthawks began the greatest three-year run in league history, capturing three straight Cups behind its tough, hard-nosed defense, and All-World goalie Matt Vinc.

Vinc remembers the first time he had a chance to work with one of his lacrosse idols after being acquired by the Knighthawks in a trade with Colorado in the fall of 2010.

“When I first came to Rochester I was a little nervous, especially when I grew up watching him play and respected his game. I actually modeled my stance and style after him,” said Vinc. “To be able to work with him over the past five years has been an unbelievable experience because you start to realize how similar you are to his thinking in the game of lacrosse. He knows what I prefer on defense and where I want shots coming from. It has been a huge positive for my game.”

It’s O’Toole’s approach to the game that players appreciate the most out of their assistant coach.

“I always laugh when Paddy says he isn’t a coach, but a ‘professional reminder.’ Being a former goalie he watched a lot of lacrosse from the best seat in the house in his amazing playing career, which has provided him with a ton of knowledge of the game,” said Knighthawks defenseman Scott Campbell. “He understands better than anyone what it takes to be a stingy defense and is constantly reminding us what that recipe for success is. He is a huge reason why we have been so successful the last few years.”

O’Toole deferred the credit when asked about the team’s recent string of success. Instead, he praised the organization for assembling a first-class coaching staff and a roster of top-notch players. That’s what keeps him coming back to the rink, and why he is looking forward to his 19th season with the Knighthawks.

“I am excited. It’s that time of year when the draft is coming and you start thinking about the Knighthawks in the summertime. It’s going to start being the focus,” said O’Toole. “We have some work to do. We have to figure out a way to get better and get back to the top.”

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