Out from hockey's shadow: youth interest in lacrosse is growing in Alberta. One visit to a live game reveals why.For just one night, a Vancouver electrician named Curtis Palidwor Curtis Palidwor (b. January 16, 1973 in New Westminster, British Columbia) is a goaltender for the Edmonton Rush in the National Lacrosse League. In 2004, while playing for the Calgary Roughnecks, he was named MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the NLL's Champions Cup game, backstopping became the king of Edmonton. Palidwor, a veteran goaltender in the National Lacrosse League "NLL" redirects here. For the original 1974-5 incarnation, see National Lacrosse League (1974-75). For all other uses, see NLL (disambiguation).
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is the league of men's indoor lacrosse in North America. , was supposed to be nothing more than a spectator at the Edmonton Rush's Feb. 9 home game, against the Arizona Sting The Arizona Sting are a member of the National Lacrosse League. They played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio from 2001 to 2003 as the Columbus Landsharks. On August 28, 2003 it was announced the team was relocating to Glendale, Arizona. . Earlier in the day he had been officially traded to the Rush from the expansion New York New York, state, United States
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NLL New Orleans, Louisiana players, he was commuting from home for every game, and the transcontinental flights were wearing him down. But as Palidwor watched from the bench, Rush starting goalie Pat Campbell was swallowed up by a nightmare.
The Sting won the first faceoff cleanly, streaked up the floor, overwhelmed a backpedalling defence and zapped their first shot past Campbell. And then it happened again. And again. And again. All in the first four and a half minutes.
Rush coach Paul Day had little choice but to send in Palidwor, who was most valuable player in the NLL championship game as a member of the victorious 2004 Calgary Roughnecks. When Palidwor made a routine stop on the fifth Sting shot, the Rexall Place crowd roared. The Rush quickly found their bearings and began to test Sting goalie (and NLL January player of the month) Rob Blasdell, finding him just as vulnerable as Campbell. The home side scored the next three goals and scrambled to an 11-9 win--only the third in the short history of the franchise.
You would have to consider yourself lucky if you chose this to be the first lacrosse lacrosse (ləkrôs`), ball and goal game usually played outdoors by two teams of 10 players each on a field 60 to 70 yd (54.86 to 64.01 m) wide by 110 yd (100.58 m) long. Two goals face each other 80 yd (73. game you had ever attended in person, as I did. Since the excitement over the Roughnecks' championship inspired the creation of an Edmonton NLL franchise before the 2006 season, I've felt a nagging responsibility to play the consumer advocate on this page and check out pro lacrosse live for myself. It is frankly puzzling that two of the NLL's 13 teams should be located in Alberta, since the league is only now expanding into Chicago and New York. In Canada, the sport's popularity has traditionally been concentrated in B.C. and Ontario, with particular strength in the traditional stomping grounds of the Iroquois Confederacy (who now send their own national team to the World Lacrosse Championships). Albertans have virtually no history with lacrosse to speak of, yet while the NLL flopped in Vancouver, the Rush routinely boast five-digit attendance at home and the Roughnecks Roughnecks can refer to either
Even though I wandered into a genuine barnburner barn·burn·er
An extremely impressive event or successful outcome: "September will not be any barnburner [for car sales]" , I have to admit my fan experience was a little unsatisfying. As a rule, I'm generally able to sit down and enjoy a new sport or a contest between unfamiliar teams, but lacrosse left me cold and uncomprehending. The rules of the NLL have been adjusted to make the game more hockey-like, but the relative ease of controlling the ball means the basic lacrosse offence resembles a never-ending power play, with lots of perimeter passing and one-timers. Shots are released faster than the untrained eye can really discern, and the absurd size of the padding on the (relatively immobile) goalies reminds one where the NHL NHL Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, see there was heading before the league came to its senses on its equipment regulations.
It's possible, though, that indoor lacrosse is simply not meant for my demographic. Thanks to the Roughnecks' championship, youth interest in lacrosse is growing throughout Alberta, and the province's NLL teams are admirably energetic and experimental about marketing. There is a lot of visual appeal at the games for adults and kids alike; the Rush's impossibly attractive dance team and its twin motorcycle-riding yeti yeti: see abominable snowman.
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Above all, it's easy to see how a working family that has watched the price of pro hockey ascend out of reach would be tempted to shell out a mere $80 or $120 a head for Rush season tickets. For lacrosse, the gentrification gentrification, the rehabilitation and settlement of decaying urban areas by middle- and high-income people. Beginning in the 1970s and 80s, higher-income professionals, drawn by low-cost housing and easier access to downtown business areas, renovated deteriorating of hockey might just be the key to success.