SALMONBELLIES READY FOR 2018 SEASON
After hosting the 2017 Mann Cup series at Queens Park Arena against the Peterborough Lakers, the New Westminster Salmonbellies refuse to stand down and are ready for redemption. The series went 4-2 in favour of the Lakers, but it wasn’t short of exciting. Queens Park Arena was packed, the atmosphere was unbelievable, and the players fed off of every single cheer, clap, and standing ovation. We are now heading into the 129th season of lacrosse action for the Bellies, and it’s sure to be a good one.
The team has introduced a new line up of coaches for this season, including Rory McDade at the helm, as well as Ian Patterson, Darren McEwan, and Curtis Palidwor. “Rory brings a ton of playing experience from BC Junior, WLA and NLL as well as coaching experience in those three leagues as well,” says President and GM Dan Richardson. “We are very lucky to get a coach with his background and someone who understands the culture and history of the Salmonbellies is a bonus.”
"Our coaching staff is very excited and looking forward to the challenge of competing for the Mann Cup,” says McDade. “We have a lot of great pieces in place and cannot wait to get started working with players and management”.
Returning from a one year hiatus to peruse his career as a firefighter, Jordan McBride is back on the roster and ready to help support an already strong offensive line. “Jordan is a leader on and off the floor and we’re excited to have him back,” said Bellies President and GM Dan Richardson. “His offensive ability will be a huge asset to our right side.”
At the WLA Draft back in February, the Bellies selected Nick Jensen as their first pick, 19th overall, out of the Delta Jr A program, followed by Jordan McKenzie as their 2nd pick, 22nd overall, out of the New Westminster Jr A program. Nick played 51 BCJALL games with 9 goals, 21 assists for 30 points, as well 82 penalty minutes and Jordan played all 35 games with the Junior Bellies and finished with 9 points and 35 penalty minutes.
The Bellies have already come together and stepped onto the iconic QPA green floor for the first time as a team in early May. They're excited, energized, and ready to take on the WLA season.
The New Westminster Salmonbellies begin their 2018 season at home against the Maple Ridge Burrards on Thursday May 24th at 7:30pm. Season tickets are still available, $108 for Adults (18+), $90 for Students (13-17) and Seniors (60+), and $40 for Kids (5-12). Children under 5 get to enjoy Salmonbellies lacrosse for free! Please visit our website at salmonbellies.com for all ticket details, full schedule, and the latest news. Head over to Twitter for play by play action, Instagram for behind the scenes action, and Facebook for all things Bellies! See you at Queens Park Arena and together let’s Paint It Red!