This week’s Throwback Thursday player is Pat McCready.
Charlotte Cobras 1996
Buffalo Bandits 2002-2009
Toronto Rock 2010
Rochester Knighthawks 1997-2002, 2011-2012
National Lacrosse League (NLL) Statistics:
GP 219, G 141, A 243, Pts. 384, LB 1593, PM 470
GP 31, G 7, A 30, Pts. 37, LB 198, PM 51
Major Series Lacrosse (MSL)
Regular Season Statistics:
GP 123, G 126, A 149, Pts. 275, PM 201
GP 106, G 67, A 107, Pts. 174, PM 193
NLL Champions Cup winner in 2008 (Buffalo Bandits) and 2012 (Rochester Knighthawks).
Mann Cup winner with the Brampton Excelsiors in 1998.
President’s Cup winner with the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks in 2003.
2011 NLL Defensive Player of the Year.
Pat’s father Bob “Buff” McCready was the Buffalo Bandits first ever head coach in 1992, inducted in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997.
Pat’s nephew Joel currently plays for the Vancouver Warriors of the NLL. Pat and Joel were teammates in Rochester winning the Champions Cup in 2012.
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.