Throwback Thursday #tbt

This week’s Throwback Thursday player is Craig Conn

Selected 4th overall by the Vancouver Ravens in the 2003 entry draft.

NLL Career:

2004 Vancouver Ravens
2005 Minnesota Swarm
2005-07 Arizona Sting
2008 property of Buffalo Bandits (did not play because of a knee injury)
2009 Toronto Rock
2010 Calgary Roughnecks
2011 Washington Stealth

NLL Regular Season Statistics:

GP 98, G 149, A 182, Pts. 331, LB 554, PM 210

NLL Playoffs:

GP 12, G 25, A 26, 51 Pts., LB 61, PM 18

Junior
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Conn made headlines in 1998 when he played with the St. Catharines Jr. B Spartan Warriors at only the age of 14 (the team’s head coach was his father, Morris Conn). Craig played 72 games for the St. Catharines Athletics in the OLA Junior A Lacrosse League from 1999 to 2003. In 1999, he was given the Joe Nieuwendyk Award for Rookie of the Year. From 2001 to 2003, he lead the Athletics to three straight League championships and two Minto Cup National championships (2001, 2003). Craig was also a member of the 2004 Minto Cup Champion Burnaby Lakers of the British Columbia Junior A Lacrosse League. One of the few players in CLA history to win 3 Minto Cups in 4 years. Conn is only one of three players (Shawn Evans and Mark Matthews are the others) the Minto Cup two consecutive years, with two different teams.

Senior
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In the WLA draft, Conn was selected 2nd overall by the New Westminster Salmonbellies. During the 2007 season, Craig sufferered a major knee injury while playing with the Salmonbellies in the playoffs. This would cause Conn to miss the entire 2008 NLL season as well as the 2008 WLA season. Craig made his return to Senior lacrosse in 2009 with the Six Nations Chiefs of Major Series Lacrosse. Conn returned to the Salmonbellies for the 2010 season where he played in the Mann Cup, losing to the Peterborough Lakers. Conn retired from Senior lacrosse after the season.

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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