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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Q3
04:19
Vancouver
4
Toronto
16
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
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Panther City’s Expansion a Dream and Challenge for First Time Head Coach, Kelusky

Building an expansion team always presents new challenges. Starting from scratch, though, has some benefits as well.

Panther City Lacrosse Club’s first ever head coach Tracey Kelusky (NLL Hall of Fame Class of 2016, 823 career points as a player) is taking on his first head coaching role in a particularly tough time to build a new team. Covid restrictions have made it tougher to scout and project talent, with two NLL seasons compromised and junior and college seasons disrupted as well.

Given the abundance of talent in the NLL and knocking on the door to become NLLers, he has hope Panther City can build from the ground up without much of a setback.

“I think we (the NLL) has to be careful with that, that whole expansion, and how quickly and fast we want to do it,” he said. “That said, I think there’s tons of talent up there, in particular I think more Americans are being drawn to our game.”

Kelusky, who has been involved with the NLL in some capacity for 20 years, most recently was the offensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Wings, before, a stint as an assistant with the New England Black Wolves.

He has a history with new clubs dating back to the early 2000s. Kelusky was a member of the first-year Columbus Landsharks in 2001, joining the expansion Montreal Express in 2002 before settling in with a young Calgary franchise for the prime of his career.

Coaching a new team who has not played together is an entirely different animal, though, especially when it’s more challenging than ever to scout and build a team during a pandemic.

“The last time we’ve seen these guys play was a year and a half, two years ago,” said Kelusky. “We’re gonna do our due diligence of watching film and scouting. I’m really just trying to identify again the best available guys that we think fit the bill.”

A new franchise is a clean slate as well, so it’s different than a typical first head coaching gig. Instead of inheriting what was left behind, it’s an opportunity to build from day one from a specific vision.

Kelusky, along with veteran general manager Bob Hamely and newly named assistant coach Dan Teat, already have a vision in mind. Success and failures of past expansion clubs — including the current teams in San Diego, Rochester, Philadelphia and New York — also give a blueprint.

No one is sharing secrets, Kelusky noted, but there’s something to be said about all the data from these previous expansion franchises right in front of Panther City, looking to take a shape of its own.

“Bob has been a part of that as a coach and general manager with the Arizona franchise (in 2007),” said Kelusky. “I was certainly a part of it with Philadelphia’s resurgence. As far as that process went, you learn from what’s successful and not successful… We don’t get any mulligans on this.”

Panther City isn’t the first time Texas has had pro lacrosse — the Dallas Rattlers made that mark with MLL half a decade ago with decent success — but they are the first attempt at the pro indoor game in Texas.

The league has found more success in untraditional markets in recent years, such as San Diego, but it’s still a deviation of the norm for a league that has been marked by franchises in Canada and the north.

It’s not too tough to convince players to come to San Diego, but Fort Worth is off the beaten track of the indoor game.

That, in some ways, can also make the opportunity in this market more attractive, building something not only entirely new on the floor and as a culture, but in a space that had been yet to be tested.

“We want to do this right from the start,” said Teat at his introductory press conference. “I think the best way to do that is to put our heads together and we find those guys who really gel and have key character components in our room so it’s gonna be a mixed bag, but they’re all gonna have that same idea of culture and character.”

Panther City marks the 14th team in the league, giving more athletes the opportunity to earn roster spots but it adds another challenge in scouting and coaching more players who are newer to the indoor game; especially in a spot like Fort Worth.

Kelusky doesn’t take the challenge lightly. It’s not the easiest first head coaching role, but that’s not what he asked for, either; he wants the chance to make history, something he’s been doing since his playing days in the NLL.

“Being a part of the league for a long time, even when I was playing, I was like, ‘oh, I’m a pioneer,’” he said. “We’re trying to get this to the next level. And for whatever reason we seemed to be kind of stuck, and we finally have now… a vision (in the league). Expansion is good.”

Panther City Lacrosse is scheduled to make their team debut this fall during the NLL’s 2021-22 season. An expansion draft is scheduled to happen at a date to be announced in late summer or early fall. Follow @NLL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all updates and news.

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