Lacrosse 2019 in Rossland and Castlegar

By Contributor
March 25th, 2019

The West Kootenay Timberwolves will play in the Alberta Junior B Tier III Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League in 2019.

The Timberwolves are pleased to announce the return of the 2018 coaching staff.  Head Coach Peter Youngblut will share the bench with Assistant Coaches Kevin Floyd and Rob Van Beek, and Goaltending Coach Tyler Landry. This experienced coaching team has a combined 40 years of playing experience at the Junior, Senior and Pro levels, in Canada and in the United States.

The coaches are looking forward to the upcoming season. “We are excited about growing as a team and defending our championship title.” says Kevin Floyd, Assistant Coach.  

Player recruitment is underway. Athletes born between 1998 and 2002 and residing anywhere in the West Kootenays are eligible to play. Returning Timberwolves players will be joined by graduates from the local minor lacrosse program. Athletes new to the game who bring skills from other sports are invited to try out. Prospects can practice with the team until mid-April. Practices are at Rossland Arena on Tuesdays (7:30 pm) and Thursdays (8:00 pm), with Thursdays moving to the Castlegar Complex on April 18.

The Timberwolves are committed to growing local talent. “I am encouraged by the interest in the team. Prospects are invited to drop by practice, to watch or to try it hands-on. There is no obligation to join the team right away, although our roster is filling” says Suzanne Bélanger, President of the Timberwolves Lacrosse Society.

Home games:

              Saturday May 11,  vs.  Medicine Hat Sun Devils (Castlegar Complex, 2:00 pm)

              Sunday May 12,  vs.  Sylvan Lake Yetti (Castlegar Complex, 11:00 am)

              Saturday June 1,  vs.  Cranbrook Elite (Rossland Arena, 6:30 pm)

              Saturday June 8,  vs.  Calgary Axemen (Castlegar Complex, 2:00 pm)

              Sunday June 9,  vs.  Olds Stingers (Castlegar Complex, 11:00 am)

              Saturday June 22,  vs.  Cranbrook Elite (Castlegar Complex, 6:30 pm)

              Sunday June 23, vs.  Cranbrook Elite (Rossland Arena, 11:00 am)

Bonus games:

              Saturday May 11,  Sun Devils  vs.  Yetti (Castlegar Complex, 8:30 pm)

              Saturday June 8,  Axemen  vs.  Stingers (Castlegar Complex, 8:30 pm)

Interested players can contact the club at wkjrlax@gmail.com, on Facebook, or on Instagram (wkjrlax).

About Box Lacrosse:

Box Lacrosse is played mainly during the summer months in standard sized hockey arenas, on a cement or turf surface.  The game is very similar to ice hockey and is played with a goaltender and five players aside on the floor at one time.  Play can continue freely in all zones of the floor; no off-side rules are present.  Body contact is permitted on the ball carrier, with limited contact off the ball carrier.

The strategy of Lacrosse is like that of basketball, with all five runners involved in the offense and the defense. Added to the appeal are the speed and excitement created by a 30 second shot clock. The combination of action and reaction makes box lacrosse as much fun to play as it is to watch.

There are currently over 47,000 Box players in Canada. Both males and females play this version of Lacrosse and the ages of competition range from 6-65 years. Lacrosse is known as the “fastest game on two feet”.

About West Kootenay Timberwolves:

West Kootenay Timberwolves is a not-for-profit club delivering an organized junior box lacrosse program in the West Kootenays since 2018. Our season runs from March to about mid-July. Eligible age is 17-21 as of December of the playing year.

For more information, please contact:

Suzanne Bélanger

President, West Kootenay Timberwolves



Kevin Floyd

Assistant Coach, West Kootenay Timberwolves


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