This week’s Throwback Thursday player is Jim “Scoop” Veltman
Drafted by the Buffalo Bandits in 1992, Veltman had an 18 year pro lacrosse career.
1998 Ontario Raiders
1999-2008 Toronto Rock
Named Captain of the Toronto Rock in 1999.
NLL Regular Season Statistics:
GP 194, G 157, A 493, Pts. 650, LB 2,517, PM 212.
GP 25, G 20, A 64, Pts. 84, LB 330, PM 33.
Won Eight MILL/NLL Championships:
Buffalo Bandits 1992, 1993, 1996
Toronto Rock 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005
Won Four Mann Cups:
Brampton Excelsiors: 1992, 1993, 1998
Victoria Shamrocks: 2003
In 2003 Jim was Captain of the Canadian team that won Gold in the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
Won the NLL Sportmanship award in 2002.
Won the NLL Most Valuable Player award in 2004.
April 12, 2019 Veltman’s #32 was retired by the Toronto Rock.
Toronto Rock co-coach 2008
New England Black Wolves assistant coach 2015-2018
Named the New York Riptide General Manager in July of 2020.
Hall of Fame:
Inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame in 2009.
Inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2015.
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.