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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
FINAL
Las Vegas
11
Panther City
13
Fri, Dec 9
FINAL/OT
Saskatchewan
12
San Diego
13
Sat, Dec 10
FINAL
Toronto
7
Rochester
11
Sat, Dec 10
FINAL
Vancouver
9
Calgary
11
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
FINAL
Calgary
14
Vancouver
5
Fri, Dec 16
FINAL
Panther City
9
Las Vegas
3
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Buffalo
11
Toronto
8
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Rochester
14
Albany
13
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Philadelphia
13
Georgia
12
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Halifax
20
New York
11
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Colorado
12
Panther City
9
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
FINAL
Halifax
13
Buffalo
18
Fri, Dec 30
FINAL
San Diego
17
Calgary
14
Sat, Dec 31
FINAL
Panther City
9
Saskatchewan
11
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
FINAL
Philadelphia
14
Las Vegas
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Panther City
9
Rochester
17
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Halifax
14
Albany
11
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Buffalo
18
Georgia
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Toronto
15
New York
7
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Calgary
8
Colorado
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Vancouver
11
San Diego
16
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
FINAL/OT
Albany
11
Halifax
10
Fri, Jan 13
FINAL/OT
Saskatchewan
10
Colorado
11
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Halifax
8
Toronto
17
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Panther City
12
Philadelphia
10
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Georgia
9
Buffalo
11
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
San Diego
10
Calgary
14
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Las Vegas
16
Vancouver
19
Sun, Jan 15
FINAL
Rochester
11
New York
8
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
FINAL
Buffalo
12
Rochester
15
Fri, Jan 20
FINAL
Vancouver
14
Las Vegas
15
Sat, Jan 21
FINAL
Toronto
14
Philadelphia
5
Sat, Jan 21
FINAL
New York
16
Albany
10
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
FINAL
Rochester
7
Halifax
17
Fri, Jan 27
FINAL
Buffalo
13
Philadelphia
9
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Buffalo
16
New York
10
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Las Vegas
10
Saskatchewan
15
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL/OT
Toronto
11
Calgary
10
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
San Diego
13
Colorado
9
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Panther City
20
Vancouver
7
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
FINAL
Georgia
10
Colorado
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL/OT
Calgary
12
Halifax
11
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
New York
14
Toronto
22
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Albany
5
Philadelphia
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Rochester
10
Buffalo
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Panther City
10
San Diego
12
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Saskatchewan
14
Vancouver
8
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Colorado
8
Las Vegas
13
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
FINAL
Toronto
11
Georgia
10
Fri, Feb 10
FINAL
Saskatchewan
6
Calgary
13
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Halifax
14
Rochester
16
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Albany
12
New York
14
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Vancouver
13
Panther City
14
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Colorado
9
Calgary
13
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
FINAL
Calgary
14
Vancouver
9
Fri, Feb 17
FINAL
Saskatchewan
16
San Diego
11
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Georgia
7
Toronto
16
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Las Vegas
12
Albany
10
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL/OT
Philadelphia
12
Buffalo
13
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Colorado
7
Panther City
13
Sun, Feb 19
FINAL
New York
12
Halifax
13
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
FINAL
Panther City
12
Colorado
14
Fri, Feb 24
FINAL
Calgary
9
Las Vegas
11
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL/OT
New York
10
Rochester
11
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL
Albany
4
Georgia
20
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL
Vancouver
16
Saskatchewan
12
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
FINAL
Buffalo
10
Halifax
9
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
New York
12
Philadelphia
19
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Las Vegas
12
San Diego
15
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Rochester
8
Toronto
9
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL/OT
Georgia
9
Albany
8
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Saskatchewan
10
Panther City
16
Mon, Mar 6
FINAL
Toronto
10
Philadelphia
11
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
FINAL/OT
Halifax
9
Buffalo
10
Fri, Mar 10
FINAL
Calgary
16
Colorado
10
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Albany
6
Toronto
12
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Philadelphia
10
New York
13
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
San Diego
12
Saskatchewan
11
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Vancouver
14
Las Vegas
5
Sun, Mar 12
FINAL
Rochester
19
Georgia
18
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
FINAL
Saskatchewan
6
Calgary
11
Fri, Mar 17
FINAL
San Diego
16
Vancouver
9
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Georgia
13
Philadelphia
12
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Toronto
12
Halifax
14
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Albany
10
New York
13
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Colorado
13
Buffalo
8
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Las Vegas
8
Panther City
11
Sun, Mar 19
FINAL/OT
Philadelphia
9
Rochester
8
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
FINAL
San Diego
17
Panther City
9
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
19:00:00
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
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Where Are They Now?: Bruce Murray

Welcome back to NLL.com’s weekly feature, Where Are They Now? Every week we will be catching up with former NLL players to hear what they are up to. As always, if there is a former player you’d like to hear from, send us a tweet @NLL.

This week’s feature is on Bruce Murray, 41, former defenseman with the Vancouver Ravens (2002-2004); Anaheim Storm (2005); Arizona Sting (2006-2007); Colorado Mammoth (2008-2010) and Edmonton Rush (2011).

Murray was drafted in the eighth round (58th overall) by the Vancouver Ravens in the 1999 NLL Draft.

Murray had the unfortunate luck of playing for three teams that suspended operations. Therefore, he was selected in NLL Dispersal Drafts three times. First, he was selected by the Anaheim Storm in the 2004 NLL Dispersal Draft. After the 2005  season, he was selected by the Minnesota Swarm in the 2005 NLL Dispersal Draft and was then traded to Arizona before the season started. Lastly, he was selected by the Colorado Mammoth in the  2008 NLL Dispersal Draft.

Murray reached the 2007 NLL Championship with the Arizona Sting before falling to the eventual champion Rochester Knighthawks, 13-11.

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NLL.com: What are you up to these days?

Murray: Currently I am an acting captain of the Vancouver Fire Department, which is my 9-5 job. I’m also talking on a role as the executive coaching coordinator of Coquitlam minor lacrosse. I’m coaching my 11-year-old son Keegan in the Pee Wee league and my 13-year-old son Kalem in the Bantam league.

We play in different cities within an hour radius. The season goes from April to July and it’s all indoor.

NLL.com: What does that job entail?

Murray: For my acting captain role, I’m an officer on the fire truck and am in charge of a crew of eight to eleven fire fighters. I can be a commander at emergency scenes and I’m in charge of a fire haul.

For the executive coaching coordinator position, I have to recruit coaches to develop young lacrosse players from the time they are five until they are 15 to help them develop into better lacrosse players.

NLL.com: How did you get involved in both the Fire Department and youth coaching?

Murray: I’ve been a Firefighter for 20 years. When I was a very young man, my mom told me the books I wanted to read were all about fire engines and a lot of my parents friends were Firefighters. It was always in the back of my head as something that I always thought about.

One day, I had a sit down conversation with my grandfather and he asked me what I wanted to do. He said you always wanted to be a Firefighter so let’s look into it. We looked into it, and I haven’t looked back since.

As for youth coaching, I want to give back. The sport has been very good to me. I still have a big passion for the game. I don’t want to sit on the sidelines and complain about things that don’t get done.

NLL.com: Do you still play lacrosse in adult leagues?

Murray: I’ve been asked to play but my knees are too far gone.

NLL.com: What is your most fond memory of playing in the NLL?

Murray: For me, it was always playing against the best players. I had an opportunity to play against the Gait brothers, John Tavares, and Colin Doyle who were all the best of the best. It was an honor every day to go out and be in charge of checking them. It usually didn’t go well, but that was the big passion for me. I wanted that challenge of being in charge of checking JT or Gary Gait and that kind of challenge to me is what made me passionate about playing defense, and what made me keep wanting to play and stay involved in the NLL.

NLL.com: Do you still keep in touch with any of your teammates and if so, which one (s)?

Murray: Yeah, a bunch. I keep in contact with Rich Catton and Chris Gill. I work with Ian Hawksbee and Dan Stroup. I see them at work all the time. Patty Coyle and Jason Wulder, too. I see a bunch of former players around the arenas as they are taking their kids to the game.

NLL.com: You were on the 2007 Arizona Sting team that lost in the NLL Finals to the Rochester Knighthawks. How tough was that defeat?

Murray: Losing a championship is always tough. When I looked across the turf and saw the opponent, it was one of those things that even though the loss was devastating, being able to play on the same field as that Rochester team – and I think we gave them a pretty good game, we battled hard and gave them everything we had – but you say to yourself who do you let go here? Scott Evans, Junior (John Grant Jr.), Shawn Williams? It was quite a battle and quite a task and I think we did the best we possibly could that game.



NLL.com: You were taken in the dispersal draft twice and played on five teams in your career. Can you describe how tough it is to assimilate with your teammates in the first year of joining a new team?

Murray: I can’t speak for other athletes in other sports, but for lacrosse we’re all the same kind of aggressive A-type guys who are there to win and play the sport we’re passionate about. You know pretty much everybody – not personally, but of each other.

Every time I went to a different team it was very welcoming. I found the combining factor to be that every time we looked at each other, we said we’re getting paid to play this game that we love that we were willing to do for free for so many years. I think that was the tie that bound us together.

I think it took about two weekends of practicing and traveling that you we got tight pretty quick. It was  fairly obvious if you didn’t get along with your teammates you’d be left out quick. And if you didn’t get over something that happened in the past you’d be gone. You just want to win and you battle together. There were guys I used to hate going against, that when I played with them I ended up becoming very close friends with them. That’s the beauty of this sport.

NLL.com: What person was the most influential in helping you build and sustain your career in the league?

Murray: I’ve had three very influential coaches in my lacrosse career. One was my minor coach for the first seven years of my career and his name is Tom Bevan. He coached me from age seven to 12 – he followed my age group up and coached us throughout my early teens.

The second is Frank Neilson, who coached the Bandits for a while. He coached me in Junior A in B.C.

And then there’s Bob Salt, who coached me in Senior A.

I played on too many teams to have one coach be influential in NLL. But if I had to pick one coach from my NLL days, I would say Bob McMahon, who is now the assistant coach in Calgary. He had a huge influence on me. He coached me on Team Canada and in world indoors and was an assistant coach with Arizona while I was there.



NLL.com: You have a free day, nothing to do, no work – nothing. What are you filling your time with?

Murray: I live in a beautiful part of this country so I love going for hikes in trails where I live. I love being outdoors and I love working in my garden. I like going outside, weeding, planting, and mowing the grass and just getting my hands dirty.

The Philadelphia Wings host the Buffalo Bandits Friday night at 8:00 pm ET to tip off this weekend’s games. Watch this weekend’s games on B/R Live and follow the NLL on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

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