On this week’s edition of Lacrosse Classified, we wrap up our Stampede Tack team previews with the Vancouver Warriors and speak with the general manager of the team, Dan Richardson. Peter Schmitz and Dave Succamore join us on the show.
Dan Richardson, Peter Schmitz, Dave Succamore: Lacrosse Classified
Dan Richardson, who was the long time general manager of the New Westminster Salmonbellies of the Western Lacrosse Association is working to rebuild a team that lacked depth and draft picks when he arrived. We speak to him about the rebuilding efforts, the battle for the starting goaltending spot on the team, the move to Friday home games in Vancouver and his recent signing of Paul Bissonette to a try-out contract.
Then we come full circle on Lacrosse Classified once again by having two guests on Season 2, Ep. 2 that we had on Season 1, Ep. 1, Peter Schmitz and Dave Succamore from the Professional Lacrosse Players Association. When we last had these two gentlemen on the program, there was significant doubt as to whether there would be a 2018-19 NLL season and we spoke with them for almost 50 minutes about what the issues with the CBA were. We are once again talking CBA with them as we are just 11 months away from the timeline for either the PLPA or the NLL giving notice that they want to exit from the current CBA to take effect in October/November 2021. They share some news on that front, as well as talk about the future growth of the game, what it will take to make players full time athletes, progress on workers compensation for players in Canada and improvements needed for the safety of the game.
We also introduce a new segment, Under Review, where we answer a listener’s question, and this week we are asked, how many teams should the NLL cap the expansion movement at for now. Also, Jake loses another bet that will see him punished at a Rush game, the CLA has a new president and other news and notes.