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
Shoulda, Woulda Coulda…Coming off a great win on Thursday night against Burnaby the Bellies traveled to Victoria for the second game in two days to battle the Shamrocks who were still nursing their pride from their loss to the Bellies last week. The Bellies came out of the gate strong and scored the games first two goals in the first 6 minutes of play to hold a 2-0 lead in the first period….and then the Shamrocks woke up. The Bellies trailed at the end of the first period 4-2.
No excuses, we were just outplayed. 15-6 when the dust settled. Goals by Curtis Hodgson #3, Ilija Gajic #9, Jordan McBride #11, Keegan Bal #25, Richard Lachlan #77 and Kyle Ross #97 made the scoresheet. Four crossbars and missed opportunities on four powerplays limited the goals to six for the night.
But the team remains positive with two games left in the regular season that they can still make the playoffs. An important tilt with the Thunder in Langley on Wednesday and the season finale with Coquitlam at Queens Park Arena on Thursday.
Their destiny is in their hands. Having Logan Schuss #14 and Kevin Crowley #21 for the final two games will help the offense as both of these players were away playing for their MLL teams back east.
Let’s bring our red to the Langley Event Centre on Wednesday and pack the house on Thursday. Adam Bighill of the BC Lions will be on hand at Queens Park Arena on Thursday to drop the game ball.
07.19.13 at Victoria
Coming off a big win against the Shamrocks the Bellies went right back to work with two long practices on Monday and Tuesday at Queens Park Arena. Coach Goodwin and the coaching staff continue to stress discipline and both mental and physical conditioning in what the players will tell you are no light practices. They run and then they run some more.
It paid off again on Thursday night as the red hot Lakers came to town. In the first 22 seconds of the game the Bellies set the pace and dictated their game plan. Taking the initial faceoff down the floor in a quick series of passes from Kyle Ross #97 to Chet Koneczny #4 to the captain Nenad Gajic #10 for the first goal of the game, the Bellies never looked back. Nenad was later named the Starlight Casino Defensive player of the game. Great goaltending by Neil Tyacke #33, later named the WLA third star of the game, faced 62 shots by the Lakers. The Bellies game plan was executed to perfection in all three periods as they outscored the Lakers 4-2, 4-3 and 5-3.
Richard Lachlan #77, the newest Salmonbellie, scored his first WLA and Bellie goal of the season. Singles were added by Ilija Gajic #9, Keegan Bal #25 and Curtis Hodgson #3.
The offensive stars of the night went to Jordan McBride #11 who had three goals and one assist and was named the WLA second star of the game and the Mr. Mike’s Offensive Player of the game and Logan Schuss #14 who had a career night with 5 goals and 3 assists and was named the WLA first star of the game and received the Remax Hardest Working Salmonbellie belt from his teammates following the game. The highlight shot of the night came from Logan who fired a 90ft half floor shot that not only surprised the Laker goal tender but electrified the crowd at Queens Park Arena.
Logan moves into a tie with fellow team mate Keegan Bal for 10th in the league in the scoring leaders with 50 points, just seven behind Jordan McBride who is in seventh overall for the league with 57 points.
07.18.13 vs Burnaby
(July 13, 2013)… Hamilton Nationals midfielder Kevin Crowley made the most of his first All-Star appearance. The third-year pro scored three goals and added two assists en route to Game MVP honors in Saturday’s Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game, presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill.
“You don’t really go into these games with game plans. There’s such good talent out there that anyone’s capable of going to goal and making an assist,” he said. “I was fortunate enough to be in good positions where I got my goals, and when I passed it to guys they buried it.”
Crowley was one of five Nationals playing in the All-Star Game at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte. Crowley sparked a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter with two goals and one assist to lead Team Supernova to a 24-15 win over Eclipse.
The New Westminster, BC native earned his inaugural All-Star bid after leading Hamilton with 29 goals and 41 points, which are second and third in the league, respectively. On Saturday, he was joined on Team Supernova by Hamilton teammates Joe Walters, who notched three goals, and Kevin Cunningham, who added one assist in his All-Star debut.
Nationals Brodie Merrill and Brett Queener played for Team Eclipse. Merrill, who was making his eighth All-Star Game appearance, collected one assist and two ground balls. The six-time MLL Warrior Defensive Player of the Year also competed in the Long Distance Accuracy Competition.
In his fourth All-Star appearance, Queener scored a third-quarter goal as Team Eclipse rallied from a seven-point deficit to even the contest at 13. The Nationals’ goalie also made nine saves. Queener competed in his third Freestyle Competition, as he returned as the 2009 and 2012 champion.