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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
10:00 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
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Desert Dogs
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Fri, Mar 31
7:00 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
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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
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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
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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
8:00 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
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Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
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Desert Dogs
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Rochester’s Mike Kirk Announces Retirement

(December 13, 2016)… Defenseman Mike Kirk announced his retirement from the National Lacrosse League this afternoon. The 34-year-old Orangeville, Ontario native played 10 seasons, spending five of them with the Rochester Knighthawks.

“I was blessed to spend the last five seasons with Rochester,” said Kirk. “I can honestly say the organization, city, and fans make it the best place to play in the NLL. I couldn’t be more proud to retire as a Knighthawk.”

During his tenure in the NLL, he played for four teams, making stops in Chicago, San Jose, Boston and Rochester. Originally selected by the Chicago Shamrox in the third round (27th overall) of the 2006 NLL Entry Draft, Kirk posted 16 goals, 46 assists and 564 loose balls in 156 pro games.

He arrived in Rochester in 2012 after coming over in the NLL Dispersal Draft. He was a mentor for a young team on the cusp of making history. One of those players that was just getting acclimated to the pro game was Dylan Evans. After playing in two games in his rookie season, it was Kirk who tutored the then 23-year-old defenseman.

“First, congrats to Mike on an amazing lacrosse career,” said Evans. “I owe a lot to Mike. He really showed me the ropes of playing in the NLL. He took me under his wing and taught me how to prepare, how to conduct myself in a professional manner, and how to execute week-in and week-out in this league. Mike went out of his way to learn a bit about each of his teammates. He was always team first. At the same time, he was always an intense competitor who believed we could always come out on top no matter the situation. I’ll miss Mike a lot and wish him all the best.”

With the Knighthawks, Kirk enjoyed his greatest success. The veteran became a key member of a defense that dominated the NLL. Kirk played in 76 games and collected 254 loose balls. More importantly, he was part of franchise and league history as Rochester won three straight Champion’s Cups from 2012-14.

“I always dreamt about winning a championship, but winning three in a row is something I’ll never forget,” he said. “It’s something only a small group of guys can say we accomplished together. No championship was the same. We won it a different way each time. I’ll never forget those feelings when the final buzzer went.”

Fellow defenseman Paul Dawson, who won the last two Cups with “Kirky”, praised him for his leadership on and off the floor.

“I’ve known Mike for my entire pro career and played with him in Boston and Brampton,” he said. “He was as steady as they come for a defenseman, nothing flashy but got the job done shift in shift out. As good as he was as a player, he was a great teammate. He helped me along the way when I was transitioning from goalie to defense and we have shared some great memories and talks over the years. We won three championships together, which is also a great way to describe him – as a winner.”

“Mike was a great lacrosse player and leader,” added Paul’s brother Dan. “He was the ultimate teammate who is always putting team first ahead of his own well being. He is a champion but an even better person. I am thankful I had the opportunity to play with and learn from Mike.”

Kirk was dependable and durable during his career, especially in Rochester. He played in 105 consecutive regular season games, which extended into March of 2013.

While wearing the teal and purple, Kirk achieved numerous individual milestones. The two-time assistant captain recorded a career-high 75 loose balls in 2014 as the Knighthawks captured their final Champion’s Cup. During the first Cup run, he scored his first career playoff goal in the East Division Finals in a 17-13 win over the defending champion Toronto Rock. That same season, he scored one goal and added one assist in his NLL All-Star debut. With so many of his accomplishments occurring in Rochester, it’s no wonder that he cherishes his time as a Knighthawk.

“I loved every minute during my time in Rochester,” he said. “We were always treated like true professionals and the only thing we had to worry about was winning. From our Wednesday night practices to team meals on the road, every little detail was always planned. Being a Knighthawk also brought everyone together. I knew everyone’s parents, wives or girlfriends and kids. That sense of family was one thing that made it so special to play in Rochester. I loved that my wife and kids, parents, family and friends had a chance to watch me play each week.”

After a stellar career at Dickinson College, Kirk broke into the NLL in 2007 with the Chicago Shamrox. He spent two seasons in Chicago before moving on to play in San Jose in 2009. In 2010 and 2011, he was a member of the Boston Blazers, where he played with future Rochester teammates Dan and Paul Dawson, Scott Campbell and Casey Powell. The following season, the Knighthawks selected Kirk in the first round of the Dispersal Draft of Boston players. The rest is history.

“Kirky was steady, a team first guy who was never flashy but always in the right position doing the right thing,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “The reason why we selected him fifth in the Dispersal Draft in 2011 was because he plays such a team game. It was great the way he worked with his teammates.”

Kirk loved being around his teammates and the routines he developed in the decade he spent in the NLL.

“The thing I’ll miss most is the entire process of what it means to be a professional lacrosse player,” he said. “I loved game days, but I loved the little things that got you there. The workouts on your own, road trips with the boys, team meals, shoot arounds, film and analyzing each play on the drive home. I loved every minute of it. Those are the things I’ll remember most.”

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