by: Sarah Graham Cobourg Kodiaks
The Cobourg Kodiaks enter their fourth season in Major Series Lacrosse with a serious chip on their shoulder. In the 2018 season, the Kodiaks finished last in MSL but lost 5 games by 2 goals or less. Kodiaks’ GM John Webb says he thinks the team is “right there” talent wise. “Now it’s just a matter of cleaning up our game to make the playoffs in 2019. We made some significant moves in the offseason. Getting David Brock from the Six Nations Chiefs is going help us defensively. We also traded for Paxton Leroux. He should work well in our system and learn from guys like Brock, and Joey Cupido. We didn’t give up any rostered players, so it worked out very well for us.”
Returning for the Kodiaks are goalies Kevin Orleman, who had an outstanding rookie campaign in 2018, as well as “Big Fish” David Diruscio. Both goalies are playing in the National Lacrosse League this winter. Joey Cupido, better known as “Lightning,” is back as captain as well as NLL players Colton Armstrong, Steph Charbonneau and Darryl Robertson on the back end. Up front, Kyle Killen, Ryan Lee, Chris Cloutier, Dan Lomas and Brandon Robinson are back with the club offensively. Joining them this year will be 6’8 Mike Triolo, who is back with the club after spending the past two seasons playing in western Canada. “Tree” is playing for the Rochester Knighthawks in the NLL this winter.
Drafted players, Mitch Gustavson, Scott Dominey, Jackson Nishamura, Tanner Poole and Ben French are all expected to make a case to stay with the Kodiaks in training camp.
Jamie Dubrick is returning as head coach for the fourth season as is offensive coach Darryl Gibson for his second. Dubrick is excited to start the season. “This is a team that I’m really excited to coach. With the new additions and returning guys, we’re going to be a young, fast transition team who will look to push the pace in games”, explained Dubrick.
Training camp begins in Cobourg on Saturday May 11th with the 2019 regular session beginning Sunday June 2nd at 6pm at the Cobourg Community Centre.
The Cobourg Kodiaks will play an in-your- face brand of lacrosse and be a threat in the #RoadToTheMannCup.
It’s going to be an exciting season in #KodiaksCountry
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