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Boston Blazers
BlazersLogo.jpg
Division Eastern
Founded 2007
Home Arena TD Garden
Based in Boston, Massachusetts
Colors Red, White, & Black
Head Coach Tom Ryan
General manager Doug Reffue
Website www.blazerslacrosse.com
For the article on the former MILL team, see Boston Blazers (1992-1997)

The Boston Blazers are an indoor lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). The Blazers are based in Boston, Massachusetts, and began play in the 2009 NLL season.

The team is owned by Tim Armstrong, the former President of Advertising and Commerce for Google.[1] who is curretly President of AOL. NLL veteran Tom Ryan will serve as the team's first head coach. On April 7, 2008, the Blazers named veteran New England marketing executive Doug Reffue to the position of team president.

The team is not associated with the former Boston Blazers, who played in the MILL (predecessor to the NLL) from 1992 to 1997. However, the name was chosen "in part due to the popularity and nostalgia associated with the former Boston Blazers franchise".[2]

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2008 season

The Blazers were originally scheduled to begin play in the 2008 NLL season. On July 31, 2007 the league held an expansion draft and the Blazers selected a number of players.[3] In preparation for the season, the team also made a number of trades.[4][5][6] On October 16, 2007, the NLL announced that the 2008 season had been cancelled due to the failure of the league and the Professional Lacrosse Players' Association to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.[7] However, the negotiations continued, and on October 25, the league announced that a new seven-year agreement had been reached, and that the season would be played.[8] A new schedule was announced on November 2, 2007, but only included 12 of the expected 14 teams; the Blazers and the Arizona Sting had been removed.[9] The reasons that the Blazers and Sting opted out of the season were not given, just that it was "due to a number of business issues", and that both teams would return in 2009.[9] A dispersal draft was held on November 5, 2007.[10]

Inaugural season

The 2009 NLL season will be the new Boston Blazers' first season playing in the league. In order to field a team for the season, the Blazers will participate in the three separate drafts: the Arizona Sting dispersal draft, the expansion draft on July 24, and the entry draft in September.

On June 30, in the Arizona Sting dispersal draft, the Blazers selected Dan Dawson first overall and forward Peter Veltman with the first pick of the second round.[11] On July 24 the team picked 12 additional players for their roster in the 2008 expansion draft, including goaltender Mike Poulin with the first overall selection.[12]

Player Original Club Position
Mike Poulin Toronto Rock Goaltender
Mitch Belisle New York Titans Defenseman
Matt Lyons Rochester Knighthawks Forward
Kyle Laverty Buffalo Bandits Defenseman
John Gallant Colorado Mammoth Defenseman
Jake Bergey Philadelphia Wings Forward
Devan Wray Calgary Roughnecks Defenseman
Kyle Ross Minnesota Swarm Defenseman
Tom Johnson San Jose Stealth Forward
Matt Holman Chicago Shamrox Forward
Michael Kilby Portland LumberJax Defenseman
Cam Bergman Edmonton Rush Transition

Shorty after the draft concluded, the Blazers traded Cam Bergman back to the Edmonton Rush for F Brenden Thenhaus and G Kurtis Wagar.[13]

On July 29, the Blazers and Rochester Knighthawks swapped defenders, with Kyle Laverty going to Rochester in exchange for University of Massachusetts alum Jack Reid.[14]

On July 30, the Blazers, San Jose Stealth, and Calgary Roughnecks completed a 3-way trade that sent Tom Johnson, Travis Gillespie, and Boston's 3rd-round pick in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft to San Jose, Devan Wray to Calgary, and forward Sean Morris (another UMass alum and Marshfield, MA native), defenseman Steve Panarelli, Calgary's 3rd-round pick in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft, and San Jose's 2nd-round pick in the 2010 NLL Entry Draft to Boston.[15]

Only weeks before the season began, the Chicago Shamrox suspended operations, and another dispersal draft was held. The Blazers had the first overall pick, and chose former Goaltender of the Year Anthony Cosmo.[16]

Roster

Boston Blazers roster
Active (23-man) roster Inactive roster Coaches
Goaltenders

Defensemen

  • 85 United States Mitch Belisle
  •  2 Canada Paul Dawson
  • 12 Canada Jon Durno
  • 28 Canada Dilan Graham
  • 33 Canada Jon Harnett
  •  4 Canada Carter Livingstone
  • 15 Canada Curtis Ptolemy
  • 18 United States Jack Reid
Forwards

Transition

Practice Squad
  • 20 Travis Brown
  • 05 Paul Manesis
  • 66 Canada Nick Rose
Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

  • Todd Francis
  • Randy Fraser
  • Corey Hallman

Legend
  • * Suspended list
  • (C) Captain
  • (A) Alternate captain

Roster updated 2009-02-04
NLL Transactions

All time Record

Season Division W-L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
2009 Eastern 10-6 1st 4-4 6-2 181 168 Tom Ryan Lost in division semi-final
Total 1 season 10-6   4-4 6-2 181 168    

Playoff Results

Season Game Visiting Home
2009 Division Semifinal Boston 8 Buffalo 13

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ "Google exec bets on niche sports like lacrosse". Reuters. October 23, 2008. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/International_Business/Google_exec_bets_on_niche_sports_like_lacrosse/articleshow/3630653.cms. Retrieved 2008-10-24.  
  2. ^ "Boston team name: Blazers". NLL.com. October 4, 2007. http://nll.com/article.php?id=3111. Retrieved 2007-10-04.  
  3. ^ "Pat Merrill Selected First Overall By Boston". NLL.com. July 31, 2007. http://nll.com/article.php?id=3027. Retrieved 2007-08-01.  
  4. ^ "Boston Deals Langtry Back To Colorado". NLL.com. July 31, 2007. http://nll.com/article.php?id=3030. Retrieved 2007-08-02.  
  5. ^ "Boston Sends Croswell to Toronto". NLL.com. July 31, 2007. http://nll.com/article.php?id=3033. Retrieved 2007-08-02.  
  6. ^ "Toronto / Boston Trade Revoked". NLL.com. August 28, 2007. http://nll.com/article.php?id=3065. Retrieved 2007-10-05.  
  7. ^ "2008 Season Cancelled". NLL.com. 2007-10-16. http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3127. Retrieved 2007-10-16.  
  8. ^ "NLL, PLPA Reach Seven-Year Deal". NLL.com. October 25, 2007. http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3132. Retrieved 2007-11-02.  
  9. ^ a b "League Releases New 2008 Schedule". NLL.com. November 2, 2007. http://nll.com/article.php?id=3141. Retrieved 2007-11-02.  
  10. ^ "Dawson selected first overall by Portland". NLL.com. November 5, 2007. http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3142. Retrieved 2007-11-07.  
  11. ^ "Dawson joins Boston Blazers". NLL.com. June 30, 2008. http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3533. Retrieved 2008-06-30.  
  12. ^ "Boston selects Poulin first overall". NLL.com. July 24, 2008. http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3556. Retrieved 2008-07-25.  
  13. ^ "Boston Adds 12 in Expansion Draft". NLL.com. July 24, 2008. http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3556. Retrieved 2008-12-13.  
  14. ^ "Blazers and Knighthawks Swap Defenders". NLL.com. July 29, 2008. http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3558. Retrieved 2008-12-13.  
  15. ^ "Five Players Swapped in Three-Way Deal". NLL.com. July 30, 2008. http://nll.com/article.php?id=3560. Retrieved 2008-12-13.  
  16. ^ "Cosmo Selected First Overall By Boston". NLL.com. December 12, 2008. http://nll.com/article.php?id=3672. Retrieved 2008-12-13.  
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