Outlook 2023-2024 – Vancouver Warriors

2022-2023 Record: 4-14, Last in the West Division.  Did not make the playoffs in 2022-2023.

New Faces:

Matt Beers, Kevin Crowley, Ryan Dilks, Chris Willman, John Lintz, Jackson Subach and coaches Curt Malawsky and Bob McMahon.

Key Losses:

Owen Barker, Logan Schuss, Connor Goodwin, Thomas Semple, Matt Delmonico, Tyler Codron, Jacob Motiuk, Jonathan Gagliardi, also coaches Troy Cordingley and Phil Sanderson.

The Canucks organization has decided that enough is enough, and wholesale changes were needed.  From GM to coaches to players needed to change.  The culture also needed to change.  Curt Malawsky was brought in to change it.  Malawsky’s reputation was good enough to attract free agents who in years past wouldn’t come, and so the rebuild was on.

Offense:

Kevin Crowley joins Shawn Evans, Dean Fairall, Chase Scanlon, Reilly Loewen, Kyle Killen, Adam Charalambides and Keegan Bal.  This team didn’t have trouble scoring, but having Crowley will certainly bolster their offensive power.

Defense:

This is where the wholesale changes were made.  Veterans Matt Beers, Ryan Dilks, John Lintz and Jackson Subach were added to join Reid Bowering, Steph Charbonneau, Tyrrell Hamer-Jackson, Tyson Kirkness, and Brett Mydske.  This should make the Warriors back end a much bigger, tougher foe for opponents.

Transition/Faceoff:

Tyrrell Hamer-Jackson will be the guy on faceoffs, but having Chris Willman now gives a viable second option just in case.  With transition, this is still a position that needs attention if Vancouver wants to be a force this season.

Goaltending:

Veteran Aaron Bold anchors a group of very capable young goaltenders.  Aiden Walsh and newly drafted Connor O’Toole will be working hard to win the job.  More importantly, Bold will be mentoring the two of them.  This should give the Warriors stability in net for the first time in a number of years.

Do I think Vancouver has a shot at a championship? No, but I think this team will give every team in the league all they can handle.  They are far and away the most improved team from last year, and have only just begun the culture change.

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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.

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