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.
Great cause and a Great evening…Mark your Calendars…Tickets available now and at the door. They’re going fast so be sure to get yours !
This year’s WLA Draft was held at the Langley Event Centre. Here are the Salmonbellies’ picks through all rounds of the draft.
- Reid Reinholdt Coq Jr’s 6 ft 180lb Offensive Lefty
- Brendan Ranford NW Jr’s 5ft 10″ 175lb D- Transition Lefty
- Sean Lundstrom Langley Jr’s 5ft 10″ 165lb Offensive Lefty
- Jimmy McBride NW Jr’s 5 ft 10″ 175lb D- Transition Righty
- Matt Messenger Langley Jr’s 6ft 185lbs D- Transition Righty
- Spencer England Langley Jr’s 6ft 1″ 165lbs- Goaltender
- Drew House – NW Jr’s 5ft 9″ 160lb – Offensive Lefty
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In addition we have released the following players :
Both players have been advised and we wish them well in their lacrosse careers and thank them for their years of service with the Bellies.
The New Westminster Salmonbellies have announced a trade with the Burnaby
Lakers . In exchange for the rights to Tyler Richards the Bellies will receive Two first
round draft picks in 2014 and 2015.
The official book launch of “Salmonbellies vs. The World” took place on Friday, November 15 at the Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park. Attended by many Alumni and past legends of the Salmonbellies team it was an event that brought many together to share a history that is not only important to the city of New Westminster but to the lacrosse community all over Canada and in many parts of the world.
This year marks the 125th year of the Salmonbellies and Bruce MacDonald has helped to bring that history together in a book filled with pictures and stories of a very rich history. The book is available at major book resellers and at the Online Bellies store. Congratulations and a special thanks to Bruce and his team for bringing this rich history to print for all to enjoy.
Bellies vs the world
The 2014 Season is around the corner. This year’s goal is to get to and win the Mann Cup. Check out our online merchandise and gear up for a great 2014 season. Early Bird special for season ticket renewals available through our online Remax Bellies Store. While you’re there check out our line of Bellies gear for some great Christmas gifts for family and friends. Looking forward to a great 2014 season!!
The annual Salmonbellies banquet was held again this year at the New Westminster Curling club. A great gathering of Bellies from the past and present for a great dinner and a time to recognize accomplishments both on the floor and off by players and the volunteers who dedicate time, talents and service to the success of the Salmonbellies organization. Congratulations to the following individuals.
END OF YEAR BANQUET
There were three players recoqnized by the league -
WLA 2013 Rookie Of the Year Logan Schuss
Second Team Allstar - Defender- Jeff Cornwall
WLA Outstanding Play Sportsmanship Assistance to Minor Lacrosse – Neil Tyacke
The awards recognized by the team were -
Paul Parnell Rookie of the Year award, Logan Schuss
Jack Fulton Award for outstanding Achievement and Contribution from the Alumni community to the Betterment of the Salmonbellies Lacrosse Club.
the 2013 Jack Fulton Award goes to Al Varley
Wayne Goss Award for the Salmonbellies Top Scorer,
the 2013 Wayne Goss Award goes to Jordan Mc Bride
Bill Armstrong award for outstanding contributions to the Salmonbellies Club,
The 2013 Bill Armstrong award goes to Pat Downey
Cliff Sepka Inspirational Award for the player contributing inspiration, leadership as well as sportsmanship to his fellow team mates.
The 2013 Cliff Sepka award goes to Shayne Bennett
Doug McRory award presented annually to the Salmonbellies Best Defensive Defenseman.
The 2013 Doug McRory award goes to Jeff Cornwall
Ab Brown Player of the year award for outstanding achievement in Leadership, Dedication and Sportsmanship.
The 2013Ab Brown award goes to Jordan McBride
Salmonbellies 7th Man Award, for the Salmonbellie with the most Valuable Contribution and Hardwork in a supporting role.
The 2013 Salmonbellies 7th Man Award goes to Kevin Lunnie
Ed Downey Memorial Award for the Salmonbellies MVP.
The 2013 Ed Downey Award goes to Neil Tyacke
Rumors surrounding a major trade between the New Westminster Salmonbellies and the Burnaby Lakers became a reality when Ilija and Alex Gajic were dealt to the Burnaby Lakers in exchange for Colton Clark and a second round pick in the 2014 draft.
Dan Richardson, President and General Manager of the Salmonbellies on the trade -
“This was a real tough one to sign off on, but we needed to make a change and Burnaby is where Ilija and Alex played all their Minor and Junior lacrosse. Burnaby enquired about Ilija at the trading deadline and during off season as we met with the coaches and reviewed our past season, it was clear we needed to make some changes, and push the reset button.
This signals the start of some substantial change for our organization, and getting Colton Clark and a 2nd round pick in the 2014 draft will allow that change to continue. We feel we have the best young talent in the game with the likes of Logan Schuss, Jeff Cornwall, Keegan Bal and Reid Mydske, and add in players such as Kevin Crowley , Jordan Mc Bride and the potential return of some missing key veterans from the 2013 squad and you have your self a very good young team.
We’ve had our eye on Colton for a few years , our coaches and scouts like his athletic ability , his speed and his ability to bury when he gets the ball. Salmonbellies now own the number #2 pick and #12 pick overall in the upcoming Feb 2014 draft and will look to add to that with further moves upcoming.
The Salmonbellies want to thank Ilija and Alex for all their great years in a Salmonbellies uniform and wish them nothing but the best with the Lakers in the upcoming season.
We’re auctioning off the red retro jerseys. It’s that simple. Click on the tab on our website, find your favourite players jersey and bid on it. Bidding starts at $125 or be the first to purchase it immediately for $175 and avoid any bidding wars. Own a piece of Bellie history. Players are happy to sign the jersey if you would like it signed (as long as the player is local or with the team currently)
Act Fast…These won’t be around for long!
Click on the Retro Jersey tab and make your bid now
It came down to the final game of the season for the final playoff spot in the WLA. It was a playoff game unto itself with two teams pulling out all the stops to claim that last playoff position. Great goaltending on both ends. For the Bellies, they just ran out of time. Two Goals by Ilija Gajic #9 and singles from Logan Schuss #14, Tom Johnson #8, Kyle Ross #97, and Kevin Crowley #21 from 47 shots on goal.
Two games left in the regular season. Wednesday night at the Langley Event Centre against the first place Thunder, followed by cross town rivals Coquitlam on Thursday. Both wins guarantee a spot in the playoffs.
Neil Tyacke #33 needed to be on the top of his game, Defense needed to shut down shooting lanes and Offense needed to score. Three keys to beating the Thunder and the Bellies stepped up in all three areas. WLA Third star of the game was Kevin Crowley #21 with 3 goals and 1 assist.
First star of the game was Neil Tyacke who faced 54 shots. There wasn’t much celebration after the game. No get togethers. The focus shifted to Thursday night and the final home game against the cross town Adanacs. The Thunder win was the first step. That step behind them now the Bellies are focusing in on their final and must win game at Queens Park Arena.
07.24.13 at Langley