NATIONALS TO GO INSIDE FOR BOWHUNTER CUP
9/11/12 3:18 PM
(September 11, 2012)… Hamilton Nationals Head Coach Regy Thorpe will reunite with coaches and players next month in Rochester, NY at the Bowhunter Cup. Over a dozen Nationals will participate in the International Exhibition between the Iroquois Nationals and the USA squad on Saturday, October 13th at 8:00 p.m.
The Bowhunter Cup will be played at The Blue Cross Arena, which is the home of the 2012 National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Knighthawks. The team is owned by Curt Styres who has committed himself to growing the game of lacrosse beyond his home community of Six Nations on the Grand River Territory. He has established himself as a builder and a supporter of lacrosse throughout Canada and the United States. Styres also owns the Hamilton Nationals, who won the 2009 MLL Championship and advanced to the 2011 Finals.
Thorpe was named the USA General Manager for the Bowhunter Cup on Monday at The Blue Cross Arena. Rochester Rattler Head Coach Tim Soudan was named the head coach. Nationals Assistant Coach Brian Hobart and former MLL standout Chris Schiller will serve as the assistant coaches. Hamilton stars expected to play in the game include Cody Jamieson, Joe Walters, Casey Powell, Donny Moss, and Brice and Brett Queener. More Hamilton players are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
“It’s very exciting for the Bowhunter Cup to be held in Rochester, especially at the home of the defending NLL Champions! The Iroquois will surely have a Knighthawks’ flavor to it as I am sure the American team will as well,” said Thorpe. “The best fans in the league will get to see a game that certainly has been a spirited affair for the past two years. I know the American team is excited to compete for the trophy and I know the Iroquois won't give it up without a fight. So much pride is on the line and it will be a great night of the celebration of the game. It’s great to see Curt bring the game to Rochester for the fans to come out and see some the best players in the world compete.”
Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, at The Blue Cross Arena Box Office or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Individual tickets range in price from $18 to $30, while group seats are $13 to $22. Knighthawks and Buffalo Bandits season ticket holders will receive special individual pricing.
Nationals’ fans making the short drive to Rochester will have the opportunity to see some of the greatest names in the professional indoor and outdoor game. Nationals playing for the United States will include Walters, Powell, Moss, and Brice and Brett Queener. Other MLL stars confirmed to play for the USA are Joel White of the Rochester Rattlers, and Max Seibald and Grant Catalino of the Long Island Lizards.
The game is especially meaningful for Walters, who not only plays for the indoor Knighthawks but hails from Rochester. He will get to play in front of his hometown fans in his third appearance in the Bowhunter Cup.
“The annual Bowhunter Cup has been one of my favorite events. It is an honor to wear the red, white and blue and represent my country against the Iroquois Nationals,” he said. “With the game being in Rochester this year, it will be a cherry on top playing in front of the home crowd fans.”
The Iroquois team will feature Hamilton National Cody Jamieson, who recently led the Rochester Knighthawks to the 2012 NLL Championship as the Game’s MVP. Fellow Knighthawks on the Iroquois Nationals roster are Sid Smith, Alex “Kedoh” Hill and Johnny Powless. The Iroquois Nationals recently announced they will host the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship at Tsha’Hon’nonyen’dakhwa’ Onondaga Nation Arena near Syracuse and First Niagara Center in Buffalo in September of 2015. With the Bowhunter Cup set for Rochester this October it provides a training ground for the next stars of the 2015 World Championships.
The Iroquois Nationals are 4-1 all-time against the United States in indoor competition. In last year’s Bowhunter Cup, the Iroquois Nationals edged Team USA 14-13 at Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino at the Event Center. The win evened the series at one win apiece. In the inaugural Bowhunter Cup in 2010, USA earned its first ever win over the Iroquois Nationals, a 13-11 victory, at the War Memorial at Oncenter in Syracuse.
The game will be televised live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet with Knighthawks broadcaster Craig Rybczynski doing the play-by-play and former NLL and Iroquois Nationals star Neal Powless providing the color commentary.