Travel in the National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League is unique among professional sports leagues. Many a nuance sets the league apart.

Times when a team doesn’t play for two or three weeks then, saddled with a Friday night game in say, Vancouver, then trekking across the continent for a Sunday afternoon contest in New England only to have two more weeks off.

Another facet is trading. With the league make-up, the players have full-time jobs and family ties to a specific area making a relocation a near impossibility. Another factor that, for the most part, is not noticed by the fans is the travel issue. Not only for a specific team but also, the players of that team.

Just because a player plays for a certain team or, City, if you will, does not mean he lives in or near that municipality. LaxPhilly had two friends look into the travel issues from both areas I mentioned.

Ross McLaughlin broke down he travel miles that each squad will log in the regular season. As you might expect, the West Division will log a lion’s share of the cumulative mileage. Could the travel and the stress of getting to an airport, dealing with the lines, jet lag, create a caveat to peak performance?

Breakdown of Miles by Team

On to the individual players… we have a breakdown for every player in the NLL. The numbers are cumulative for the entire season. We want to Thank Chre Teitelbaum for putting this together. Part-time, weekend job? A job of players is spending more time traveling in an 18 game season that most people spend in their lives. A huge Thank You to Ross and also, Chre Teitelbaum for providing the player numbers!

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.