This week’s Throwback Thursday player is Pat “King” Coyle
In 1994, Coyle played with the Detroit Turbos.
In 1998 Coyle was signed by the Ontario Raiders.
The Raiders became the Toronto Rock the next season, and Coyle went on to win four championships with the Rock before being traded to the Vancouver Ravens after the 2004 season.
However, just weeks before the 2005 season began, the league announced that the Ravens would not play in 2005, and Coyle immediately became a free agent. He was signed by the Colorado Mammoth, where he won his fifth championship in 2006.
During the 2008 season, Coyle announced that he would be retiring after the season.
Coyle was named to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2017.
1994 Detroit Turbos
1998 Ontario Raiders
1999-2004 Toronto Rock
2005-2008 Colorado Mammoth
Won 5 Champions Cups
1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 Toronto Rock
2006 Colorado Mammoth
Was co-head coach of the Colorado Mammoth, with Chris Gill, and Dan Stroup 2014-17
Was named Coach/GM Colorado Mammoth in 2017.
MILL/NLL Career Statistics:
GP 154, G 28, A 105, Pts. 133, LB 940, PM 375
GP 18, G 3, A 9, Pts.12, LB 119, PM 82
Pat had been named a Western Lacrosse Association All-star 7 times, racked up 5 WLA Top Defensive Player honors, won 3 Mann Cups (2 with the Senior A Brampton Excelsiors and 1 with the Coquitlam Adanacs) and received the WLA’s Bill Ellison Trophy as a playoff series MVP.
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.