New Westminster Salmonbellies Lacrosse Club – Press Release
Bellies land Big Fish- (New WestminsterBC) New Westminster Salmonbellies President and GM Dan Richardson today announced the acquisition of two time Minto Cup Champion from the Whitby Warriors Goaltender Alexis Buque. This culminates a 7 month journey, from when we first saw Alexis dominate in last years Minto Cup at Queens Park Arena, where he arguably should have been the tournament MVP.
The week after the Minto we contacted Alexis and started the process and have got to learn a lot about this young man, he is a fierce competitor and he said from the first time we spoke how much he wanted to come back to New Westminster and the wooden floor. We believe with Alexis and Neil Tyacke that gives us a great young Goaltending Duo to move forward with our organization.
We have had a plan since our season ended to retool our program and part of that retooling was our Goaltending Duo, and with the addition of Reid Reinholdt, Sean Lundstrom and Brendan Ranford via the draft and now Alexis Buque, the Salmonbellies Coaching staff are excited about the 2014 season.
Buque is a great ball stopper with a fantastic stick, which local lacrosse fans saw first hand during last years Minto. The run and gun upbeat transition style that Coach Goodwin has implemented is very similar to that of the Whitby Warriors up tempo offence.
Buque says “I have always been a goaltender from a young age, I enjoy the pressure of being the clutch guy to make the big saves and make the long pinpoint passes. My lacrosse Idol growing up was Toronto Rock Tender Bob Watson who had a dominant style and won many championships.”
Salmonbellies fans will have their first chance to see Alexis and his new teammates at the 125TH Anniversary home opener May 22nd vs the Langley Thunder.
Season tickets available for $85.00 for adults $60.00 for Seniors or Students at www.salmonbellies.com - Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @Salmonbellies
As our season quickly approaches we are excited for this year’s team and their quest for the coveted Mann Cup. Mark your calendars as there are some exciting things happening that you won’t want to miss.
MAY 4th – SALMONBELLES ANNUAL SEASON PICK UP
12:00pm Season ticket pick up at Queen’s Park Arena. Meet Players, who will be there signing autographs and with who you and your kids can take photos. Meet the Coaches and talk to them about this year’s team. There will be prize draws, special 125th anniversary merchandise and lots more.
MAY 22nd – SALMONBELLIES HOME OPENER
7:45pm at Queen’s Park Arena your Salmonbellies host the Langley Thunder. Always a great rivalry, always a great game. We’re recognizing Minor Lacrosse with an appreciation night to the New Westminster Minor Lacrosse Association. Give A Ways from our sponsors Boston Pizza and Remax. Come visit the Bellies store for their new line of merchandise celebrating the 125th year for the Salmonbellies.
MAY 23rd – ANNUAL SALMONBELLIES SMOKER
Smoker/Dinner. This is our annual fundraising dinner. A chance to win $4000. This event which has been an annual tradition for over 50 years is being held at the Royal City Curling Club in new Westminster Come out and support the Bellies and rub shoulders with past and present Bellies. Contact Brent MacKay for ticket information.
Geordie Dean #5 was recognized by the Vancouver Stealth at their most recent home game against the Buffalo Bandits. As the Salmonbellies go into their 2014 season celebrating 125 years, we will recognize players, coaches and individuals that have been a part of the rich history of the New Westminster Salmonbellies.
To read more about Geordie click here
The Third Annual Cops for Cancer was different this year as the New Westminster Police Department teamed up with the New Westminster Salmonbellies to do battle against the Vancouver Canucks Alumni. Record attendance combined with a great outpouring of generosity made this a night full of winners.
The Canucks won the hockey game but the Police Department and Salmonbellies left with a combined total of $6600 for their respective charities. Special silent auction items including an autographed Roberto Luongo jersey, a game worn Salmonbellies’ “Kevin Crowley” jersey, a limited edition signed Bill Ranford painting and a Molson mini fridge brought in some nice donations along with the tickets sold to see this annual event. Special thanks to all the companies that sponsored the event, the many volunteers that gave of their time and talent and especially to the players from both teams for helping to make this another successful year.
Cops for Cancer 2014
The third annual “Cops for Cancer” Hockey championship has a special twist this year. The New Westminster Police Department are teaming up with the New Westminster Salmonbellies to challenge the Vancouver Canucks Alumni at this year’s event.
Mark you calendars…Bring the entire family for a night of special entertainment, silent auction items, special prizes and a chance to watch and meet some of your favorite hockey and lacrosse players including Tanti, Rota, McLean (Kirk and Punch), Babych and Ronning.