Ottawa, ON—Lacrosse Canada has announced the 12 players who will represent Canada in week one at The World Games 2022. The eleventh edition of the multi-sport games was rescheduled from 2021 and will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, USA from July 7 to 17, 2022.
The new Sixes lacrosse discipline will be used, following its introduction in May 2021. Canada first participated in Sixes lacrosse at the Super Sixes showcase held in Sparks, M.D. in October 2021, ending the event with a 3-1 record. Narrowing the roster to the group that would compete in Birmingham was no small feat.
“Selecting only 12 players was a tough task for our coaching staff. After our experience at the Fall Classic and Super Sixes in October 2021, we felt that creating the right mix of players would be key to sending a competitive team to The World Games in 2022,” said General Manager Ed Comeau.
Sixes lacrosse features fewer players (6 v. 6), a smaller field, condensed game length, and a 30-second shot clock. The game is notably faster-paced than other disciplines, and was developed by World Lacrosse to combine elements of the box and field games, and ultimately allow for more diversity in participation.
The team is led by head coach Brodie Merrill and supported by assistant coaches John Grant Jr. and Jordan Hall.
"It’s a privilege to be a part of this group as we pursue winning a gold medal this July,” said Merrill.
“We prioritized versatility and players that can make an impact on both sides of the ball, without having to worry too much about match-ups or subbing. When I look at the players on the roster—it’s an elite group. They will have to come together in a short time to pull this off, which will be a fun and exciting challenge as well.”
"I am honoured and super excited to be part of this Team Canada Sixes staff,” said assistant coach John Grant Jr.
“We have assembled some of the best players in the world for this event. Those selected have excelled in both the Box and Field versions of the game, and look to give us a great opportunity to compete for a world title in the new Sixes version."
The men’s competition will take place from July 8-12, and will be followed by the women’s competition from July 12-16.
Canada, which ranks second heading into the tournament, will face off against Haudenosaunee on July 8 at 1:45 pm CDT. The men’s team will then take on Japan at 10:30 am on July 9, and closeout pool play against Israel on July 10 at 2:45 pm.
Tickets are available now, and streaming information will be announced as it becomes available.
|Wesley Berg||Coquitlam, BC||San Diego Seals (NLL), Chaos LC (PLL)||University of Denver|
|Reid Bowering||Coquitlam, BC||Vancouver Warriors (NLL)||Drexel University|
|Josh Byrne||New Westminster, BC||Buffalo Bandits (NLL), Chaos LC (PLL)||Hofstra University|
|Bryan Cole||Oakville, ON||Georgia Swarm (NLL), Whipsnakes LC (PLL)||University of Maryland|
|Zach Currier||Peterborough, ON||Calgary Roughnecks (NLL), Waterdogs LC (PLL)||Princeton University|
|Brett Dobson (G)||Oshawa, ON||N/A||St. Bonaventure University|
|Jordan MacIntosh||Oakville, ON||Georgia Swarm (NLL), Chrome LC (PLL)||RIT|
|Clarke Petterson||Toronto, ON||Halifax Thunderbirds (NLL), Redwoods LC (PLL)||Cornell University|
|Challen Rogers||Coquitlam, BC||Toronto Rock (NLL), Chaos LC (PLL)||Stony Brook University|
|Dhane Smith||Kitchener, ON||Buffalo Bandits (NLL), Chaos LC (PLL)||N/A|
|Jeff Teat||Brampton, ON||New York Riptide (NLL), Atlas LC (PLL)||Cornell University|
|Dillon Ward (G)||Orangeville, ON||Colorado Mammoth (NLL), Waterdogs LC (PLL)||Bellarmine University|
About Lacrosse Canada
Founded in 1867, Lacrosse Canada is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. Lacrosse Canada’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. Lacrosse Canada oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by World Lacrosse. Lacrosse Canada is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners - NormaTec Recovery Systems, RockTape, OPRO, Canadian Red Cross, Westjet, and Baron Rings - as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation.
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