Nanaimo Timbermen Senior A Lacrosse
Photos courtesy of Booshie Photographic
January 20th, 2015
Major Announcements for the New Season!
The Nanaimo Senior and Junior A Timbermen have had a busy off season with the hiring of a new Head Coach for the Junior Squad, some major trades and prepping for the upcoming BCJALL and Western Lacrosse Association Draft however that is not all that has been brewing behind the scenes.
The Nanaimo Timbermen are excited to announce that for the 2015 Season kids under the age of 12 and who are accompanied by an adult will be admitted in FREE to all home games.
“It’s all about building the game here in the Mid-Island, this is going to be an exciting season on and off the court for the Nanaimo Timbermen and we want the Nanaimo community part of it.” mentioned Tali Campbell, Director of Marketing for the team.
Along with that the Nanaimo Timbermen are excited to announce the 2015 WLA Home Schedule:
May 24 VS Victoria at 7:00PM
May 31 VS New West at 7:00PM
June 7 VS Maple Ridge at 7:00PM *in Cowichan
June 14 VS Coquitlam at 7:00PM
June 27 VS New West at 7:00PM
July 4 VS Langley at 7:00PM
July 14 VS VIctoria at 7:00PM
July 19 VS Maple Ridge at 7:00PM
July 25 VS Burnaby at 7:00PM
All games are held at Frank Crane Arena for more details visit www.theboxrocks.com
October 25, 2014
Tmen Trade First Pick, Acquire Hickey
The Nanaimo Timbermen have traded the first overall pick in the 2015 WLA Draft and the rights to Kody TeKanawa to Coquitlam. This trade will bring a huge return now and also in the future. Nanaimo receives the second and ninth overall picks in the upcoming draft, Coquitlam's third rounder in 2016 and Coquitlam's 2017 first round selection. The Tmen also get the rights to high scoring right hander Brett Hickey.
Hickey finished fourth in WLA scoring last year with 62 points and he has recently been signed by the National Lacrosse League's Toronto Rock. The addition of Hickey gives the Timbermen a proven scorer from the right side, a position the team has been looking to fill since departure of Scott Ranger prior to the 2013 season.
When the draft comes around in February, Nanaimo will have four of the first nine selections, picking at two, seven, eight and nine. Overall the Tmen hold six picks in the first two rounds of a deep 2015 draft. This will add significantly to the team's young talent base.
The Timbermen are pleased to welcome Brett Hickey to the team as the organization continues to put the pieces in place to bring playoff lacrosse to Nanaimo in 2015.
October 10, 2014
Bowman New Timbermen Director of Operations
The Nanaimo Senior “A” and Nanaimo Junior “A” Timbermen Lacrosse Clubs would like to announce that Farren Ferguson has stepped down as Director of Operations
effective immediately. Farren has found that he has been left with insufficient time to spend with his family.
We are pleased to announce that Chris Bowman has stepped forward from the club's Steering Committee to assume the position of Director of Operations and Alternate League Governor of both teams. Chris has been involved with lacrosse for the past 30 years in Nanaimo as a player and a coach and is well respected in the local business community in his position as a Division Director at Investors Group Financial Services.
The Timbermen would like to thank Farren for his many contributions to the organization and wish him all the best for the future.
September 23, 2014
Timbermen Send Three to the NLL
Nanaimo and the Timbermen were prominent in the the NLL Draft. Two players from the Senior A Timbermen were selected in the second round with Conrad Chapman going 12th to Vancouver and Tyson Roe picked 16th by Calgary. DJ Saari from the Junior A Tmen was selected 39th overall by the Stealth as well. Last season was Chapman's rookie WLA campaign and he appeared in all 18 games. Previously he spent three years with the Junior A Shamrocks. Tyson Roe came through the ranks of the Junior A Tmen, playing three years for the Junior's. He got into his first WLA game in 2012, played four more in 2013, and suited up 16 times in 2014. Both Chapman and Roe are both 'big body' defenders who have become mainstays on the Nanaimo WLA roster. As for DJ Saari he played in 20 games for the Junior A Timbermen in 2014, after coming over the from the Junior Adanacs. The 6'4 defender had 84 penalty minutes for the Tmen last season.
The National Lacrosse League season begins for both Vancouver and Calgary on January 3rd, they play head to head at the Saddledome. The next item on the agenda for the Junior and Senior Tmen is their respective drafts in 2015.
Aug 7, 2014
Bremner Signs With Stealth
The Nananaimo Timbermen would like to congratulate Cody Bremner for signing a one year deal with the Vancouver Stealth of the NLL. Cody had 16 points but was limited to only four games with the Tmen in 2014. He had a 54 point season in 2013, and was named WLA Rookie of the Year in 2012 with 69 point campaign.
Bremner will certainly be comfortable with the coaching staff in Vancouver, as current Tmen Coach Kaleb Toth is an Assistant there. In his rookie NLL season with the Stealth Bremner had 23 points in 12 games. It's expected the Timbermen will have Bremner in the line up for a full season in 2015.
July 23, 2014
Tmen Hoping for Fan Boost During Playoff Push
It's down to the final three regular season games for the Nanaimo Senior A Timbermen and the playoffs are still within reach. The Tmen are looking for a three game winning streak to jump in the WLA post season. That playoff push continues Saturday when the Burnaby Lakers come to Frank Crane Arena at 7pm.
A big crowd will add to the home floor advantage, and the Timbermen want your support. As the league solidifies it's playoff schedule the one thing that is certain is that Nanaimo would face Victoria in the first round. That series would start on August 6th in Victoria and move to Nanaimo on the 8th. To get there the Timbermen need to make up a three point gap on New West, Coquitlam, and Langley.
Saturday is the biggest game of the season, let's Fill the Frank for the final home game of the regular season and continue this run to the playoffs!
July 21, 2014
Timbermen Game in Duncan Successful
The Nanaimo Senior A Timbermen would like to thank the crew who worked so hard to put on Saturday's game at the Island Savings Centre. The group, led by Jamie Rigby, did a fantastic job hosting the WLA game against the Salmonbellies. There were a number of positive comments from the visiting New Westminster Salmonbellies, the WLA, and the fans in attendance as well. The Timbermen organization is very excited about the prospects of heading back to Duncan once again down the road.
On the floor the Salmonbellies took the game 9-6, but it was a promising outing for Junior call up Corey Shires who led the Timbermen with one goal and three assists. Paul Brebber and Mac Johnston each had three points as well.
This weekend is a massive playoff game against the Burnaby Lakers at Frank Crane Arena.
Entering the week the Tmen are three points behind the final playoff spot with three games to go.
Game time Saturday is 7pm at Frank Crane Arena.
July 19, 2014
Nanaimo Timbermen in Duncan July 19th
Just one final reminder that the Nanaimo Senior A Timbermen are playing the New Westminster Salmonbellies at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan at 6:45pm on Saturday July 19th. Again thank you for your efforts in promoting this game!
July 15, 2014
Ratcliff Honoured as Tmen Prepare for Duncan Game
Cayle Ratcliff is the Under Armour Lacrosse/WLA Player of the Week. The Timbermen Assistant Captain had five goals and five assists in road games in New Westminster and Coquitlam.
Ratcliff is third in team scoring with 31 points in 12 games. With four games left in the regular season he'll likely finish close to his career high of 53 points back in 2009.
From a team standpoint the Tmen dropped a 12-9 decision to the Bellies on Thursday, but came back to win 11-9 in Coquitlam on Saturday.
This coming Saturday the Timbermen will play a home game against New Westminster at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan. The game will start at 6:45pm.
Nanaimo enters the week just three points out of the final playoff spot in the WLA.
July 11, 2014
Tmen Preparing for Game July 19th in Duncan
As the Senior A Timbermen players are working to pick up points in the WLA playoff race, the organization is busy preparing for a regular season 'home' game at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan on July 19th.
The Timbermen will host the New Westminster Salmonbellies at 6:45pm on the 19th.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Tyson Roe from Duncan, Hugh Weir from Chemainus, and Myles and Blake Kenny from Shawnigan Lake.
The Timbermen continue to reach out to youth in the lacrosse community with all registered players in Cowichan Minor Lacrosse admitted free to the game.
Other tickets will be $12 for Adults, $10 for Students and Seniors, and $8 for Kids 12 and under.
On the floor the Tmen are coming off a 12-9 loss in New West on Thursday and will be in Coquitlam July 12th to face the Adanacs.
July 7, 2014
Timbermen Win Key Matchup With Langley
The Nanaimo Senior A Timbermen pulled out an exciting 15-12 win over Langley on Saturday night. After the win Nanaimo is very much in the thick of the WLA playoff race. Nanaimo was led by Paul Brebber and Mac Johnston with five points nights, while Cayle Ratcliff and Blake Kenny each had four points. First round draft pick Brody Eastwood played his first game of the year and chipped in with a goal and an assist.
This week the Tmen play the teams directly in front of them in the WLA standings.
Thursday Nanaimo is in Queen's Park to face the Bellies, and then Saturday the team is in Coquitlam.
The next Timbermen home game will be played in Duncan at the Island Savings Centre. That game is a 6:45pm start on Saturday July 19th.
The Timbermen are proud to represent all of the Central Island and the players and staff are looking forward to the trip to the Cowichan Valley.
July 2, 2014
Timbermen Head Coach Joins the Vancouver Stealth
Nanaimo Timbermen Head Coach Kaleb Toth has been added to the coaching staff of the National Lacrosse League's Vancouver Stealth. He will serve as an Assistant to new Head Coach Dan Perrault, and will also be re-united with former Nanaimo Senior A Coach Art Webster, who's also a Stealth AC. This is Toth's second year as Head Coach of the Timbermen after spending seven years with the club as a player. He also played 13 years in the NLL with Calgary and Toronto. Kaleb has won two Mann Cups, three NLL titles, a Minto Cup, and a World Indoor Championship for Canada. In a Senior career that spanned from 1999-2012 he had 505 points in 133 games, his NLL numbers include 723 points.
The NLL season will begin in December but in the meantime Toth and the Timbermen host Langley on Saturday at 7pm at Frank Crane Arena.
It's the start of a busy month with seven games for the Tmen in the next four weeks.
June 23, 2014
Senior A Timbermen Split Two Games
A 1-1 week for the Nanaimo Senior A Timbermen.
Thursday the team picked up it's first road win with an 11-9 victory over the Bellies in Queen's Park. But Sunday the Tmen lost 10-4 at home to Coquitlam.
Kyle Hofer was strong for Nanaimo offensively with a combined seven points in the two games.
This weekend the Timbermen host Burnaby on Saturday night and travel to Maple Ridge on Sunday. Away from the floor Nanaimo has added Jesse Guerin to the roster, he was released by Coquitlam earlier in the week.
June 17, 2014
Senior Tmen Moving July 19th Game to Duncan
The Nanaimo Senior A Timbermen are truly the Central Island's team. With that in mind the team will play an upcoming home game at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan. July 19th Nanaimo will play the New Westminster Salmonbellies at 6:45pm at the ISC. The game was originally slated for Nanaimo but has now been officially moved to Duncan.
This follows the success of the Junior A Tmen playing games in Duncan and Parksville already this year. The WLA Timbermen have five remaining games at home this season including Sunday at 7pm against Coquitlam at Frank Crane Arena.
This Thursday the Senior's are in New West to face the Salmonbellies at 7pm.
June 16, 2014
Timbermen Teams Have Fathers Day Struggles
Both the Senior and Junior Timbermen had a tough time getting on track on Father's Day. It was a 6-1 first period in favour of the Langley Thunder that put the Senior's behind the eight ball. Langley pushed the score to 9-3 after two and cruised to a 14-5 victory. Nanaimo was led offensively by Doug Langois with a goal and three assists, but goalie Brodie MacDonald kept Nanaimo at bay for the most part with 44 saves. The loss drops the Tmen to 1-5-1 on the season heading into a game in New West Thursday.
June 8, 2014
Seniors lost to Maple Ridge
The Senior's never led and lost 10-8. It was 4-2 after one, 6-4 after two and the Burrards went on to hand the Tmen their first loss at home.
June 7, 2014
Timbermen Look to Continue Strong Play at Home
It's early in the season, but the Nanaimo Senior A Timbermen have started well at home. The Tmen have a win and tie in their first two games at Frank Crane Arena. Home floor advantage will be key with four of Nanaimo's next five games at Frank Crane Arena.
It starts with Maple Ridge at home on June 8th at 7pm. The Burrards beat Nanaimo 8-6 in overtime back on May 18th so the Timbermen will look to return the favour on Sunday.
With the return of Jake Emms to the line up last week and the imminent return of Myles and Blake Kenny from injury Coach Kaleb Toth will have some more options for his line up over the next few weeks.
May 25, 2014
Senior A Timbermen pick up first win
The Nanaimo Senior A Timbermen picked up their first win of the season, 9-7 over the Coquitlam Adanacs on Sunday. Nanaimo was led by goalie Zach Boychuk who made 50 saves and was the game's First Star. Eight different players scored for the Tmen with only Jamie Sorenson scoring twice, meanwhile the Adanacs were led by Brett Hickey with three goals and four assists.
Nanaimo's record is 1-2-1 heading into a road game at Burnaby next Friday.
May 23, 2014
Senior A Timbermen Come Up Short in Victoria
A slow start hurt the Nanaimo Senior A Timbermen in a 15-7 loss to Victoria on Friday night. The Tmen were down 4-0 early and trailed 7-3 after one and 11-5 after two periods. Paul Brebber and Kyle Hofer led the offense, each with two goals and two assists, while Mac Johnston followed up with a goal and two assists. Corey Small and Rhys Duch were impressive for the Shamrocks, each putting up nine points.
The loss drops Nanaimo's record to 0-2-1 as they prepare to host the Coquitlam Adanacs Sunday night at 7pm at Frank Crane Arena.
May 20, 2014
Timbermen play to 13-13 Tie
Photo and story courtesy of Greg Sakaki / The News Bulletin
The Nanaimo Timbermen are showing a willingness to work overtime to try to achieve their goals.
The city’s Western Lacrosse Association club tied the Victoria Shamrocks 13-13 on Tuesday night in Nanaimo’s home opener at Frank Crane Arena.
Trailing 12-8 halfway through the third period, the T-men turned up their game a notch and forced OT. They fell behind in the extra frame, too, and needed a goal from Cayle Ratcliff with 45 seconds left to earn the tie.
The T-men had lost their season opener to the Maple Ridge Burrards two nights earlier on the mainland, 8-6 in overtime, so the draw against the defending WLA champions signals progress.
“We’re happy that we battled back,” said Bobby Debrone, T-men defender. “We’re getting used to tight games and getting closer to finishing them out so I think we’re trending in the right direction.”
Vic was the better team in the first period and led 5-2 through 20 minutes, but Nanaimo shored up its game in all areas.
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May 18, 2014
Timbermen Go to OT in Season Opener
The Nanaimo Timbermen opened the season with a hard fought 8-6 overtime loss in Maple Ridge. Cody Bremner and Blake Kenny led the way with two goals each, Doug Langlois had one goal and one assist, Mac Johnson had two assists and Graham Palmer also scored. Nanaimo battled back from down 4-2 after the second period to force the extra session by outscoring the Burrards 4-2 in the third. Zach Boychuk played all 70 minutes and made 46 saves on 54 shots, the Tmen put up 50 shots in the game.
The home opener is Tuesday May 20th at 7pm against the Victoria Shamrocks as the Tmen look to even their record at 1-1.
May 16, 2014
Timbermen Announce Steering Committee
The Nanaimo Timbermen Jr A & Sr A Lacrosse Clubs are pleased to announce that we have assembled a “Steering Committee” of local businessmen that will provide direction and leadership for both clubs for the 2014 season and beyond.
The Steering Committee will act as a Board of Directors that will conduct the business of the clubs, providing direction to Management, Coaches, Staff & Volunteers. The Steering Committee are a group of local businessmen with a passion for the game of lacrosse.
Joining the Steering Committee are; Jared Cross of Cross & Co, Don Goldsbury of Midas Auto Service, Wayne Hawthornthwaite of Coast Mountain Construction Ltd, Chris Bowman of Investors Group and Timbermen Director of Operations Farren Ferguson of Fast Forward Consulting.
Each member of the Steering Committee brings years of business experience providing the club with a vast network of contacts and resources to tap into. The common goal is to provide an entertaining brand of lacrosse that is competitive in both the Western Lacrosse Association and the British Columbia Junior A Lacrosse League.
The Sr A Timbermen are also pleased to announce that Nanaimo Minor Lacrosse President Brian Boas has been named Nanaimo’s WLA Game Commissioner.
The Sr A T-Men will host their Home Opener, Tuesday May 20, 7pm & Frank Crane Arena where they will take on the WLA defending champion Victoria Shamrocks. The Jr A T-Men take on the Jr Shamrocks the next night at Frank Crane Arena. Log onto www.tmen.ca for ticket info.
For more information call Director of Operations, Farren Ferguson 250 619 7700
May 12, 2014
Tmen add two from Maple Ridge
The Nanaimo Timbermen have acquired Simon Giourmetakis, Danton Nicholson and a 4th round draft pick from the Maple Ridge Burrards in 2015 in exchange for Reegan Comeault.
Nanaimo also gets a conditional pick if either player fails to report.
Giourmetakis had 39 points in 10 games playing Senior B in Edmonton in 2013.
Nicholson was the Burrards 8th round pick in 2014 and is playing Senior ball in Prince George.
The Tmen open their season in Maple Ridge on Sunday May 18th, the home opener is May 20th against Victoria.
May 8, 2014
Tmen Trade O'Dougherty
The Nanaimo Timbermen have traded defender Chris O'Dougherty to the Burnaby Lakers for a 2015 second round draft pick. Nanaimo opens the WLA season May 18th in Maple Ridge, the home opener is Tuesday May 20th against Victoria.
April 14, 2014
T-Men Move Into New Digs:
The Nanaimo Timbermen Sr A & Jr A Lacrosse Clubs are pleased to announce that they have moved their offices into Beban House located at 2290 Bowen Rd. The new Timbermen Office will be open 11am-4pm Monday to Friday.
The teams, who were invited by the Nanaimo Clippers Jr Hockey Club have set up an executive office and have begun selling Season Tickets, Merchandise, Corporate Sponsorship Packages and much more. The T-Men would like to thank the Nanaimo Clippers for their gracious offer and support for our club. They are a shining example of how cooperation in sport makes us a stronger community.
The T-Men are also pleased to announce the addition of Jen Kennedy who will take care of our Corporate Sales, Game Day Activities and Fan Experience duties. Jen brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion for this position which is similar to her position with the Nanaimo Clippers.
Major Sponsor Update:
The Timbermen received many inquiries regarding the Major Sponsor, including seven expressions of interest of which the club is moving forward with negotiations with four individuals. Due to the nature of the negotiations, the parties must remain confidential. Updates will be made available to the media, our fans and the general public as soon as they become finalized.
Junior A Training Camp Underway:
The Jr A Timbermen opened training camp Tuesday night with 24 players hitting the floor. The team will practice twice weekly at Frank Crane Arena from 8pm-9:30pm on Tuesday's and Wednesday's, which will also be their regular practice slot once the season begins. The team has its first exhibition game Wednesday April 16, 7pm at Fuller Lake Arena in Chemainus, where they will take on the Victoria Jr A Shamrocks. Tickets are available at the door.