National Lacrosse League (NLL) Retro Game Of The Week

December 27th, 2003

Another National Lacrosse League Eastern Division match-up pitting the Wings against the Knighthawks at the War Memorial.

It’s the opening game of the 2003/2004 season, with the Knighthawks coming off a stellar 2002/2003 season finishing 12-4 and making it to the Champions Cup finals (Beaten by the Toronto Rock). The Philadelphia Wings were looking to recapture some of the magic from a few years past, finishing the previous year at .500, with more expected from them this year.

Dallas Eliuk and Pat O’Toole are the goaltenders in this game.

It’s always a battle when these two teams meet, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the game calling of 2020 Tom Borelli Award winner, Craig Rypczynski call this game.

Of note: The ceremonial faceoff was a who’s who of lacrosse with Randy Mearns dropping the ball, with Jake Bergey and Mike Hasen taking the faceoff.

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.