National Lacrosse League (NLL) Retro Game Of The Week

A big thanks to Dallas Eliuk for originally posting this game on his YouTube channel.

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2002 All-Star game

North vs South in this National Lacrosse League All star Game played at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

NORTH Teams:

Calgary Roughnecks
Montreal Express
Ottawa Rebel
Rochester Knighthawks
Toronto Rock
Vancouver Ravens

SOUTH Teams:

Albany Attack
Buffalo Bandits
Columbus Landsharks
New Jersey Storm New York Saints
Philadelphia Wings
Washington Power

A who’s who in talent on both sides:

Chris Gill, John Grant Jr., Colin Doyle, Pat Coyle, Shawn Williams, Steve Toll, and Jim Veltman to name just a few on the North team.

Paul Gait, John Tavaras, Josh Sanderson, Kevin Finneran, Gavin Prout, Cam Woods, and Paul Cantabene on the South team.

The starting goalies were Bob “Whipper” Watson for the North vs. Rob “The Blazer” Blasdell for the South.  Dwight Maetche and Dallas Eliuk would also see time in the nets.

Paul Gait was retiring after this game (brother Gary talked him into playing again in 2005 for a while also).

Some incredible displays of talent and skill on both sides in this All-Star game.

Steve Toll would be named the MVP of this game.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy this game in it’s entirety.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.