(Township of Langley – August 16, 2014) – The Minto Cup brings the best junior ‘A’ lacrosse team in the East to compete with the best team in the West. But this year, it also features the best junior player in the East against the best junior player in the West.
Projected to be one of the top picks in next year’s 2015 NLL draft, Wesley Berg has already drawn attention from coaches and scouts.
“Wesley is our captain, our leader, we expect a lot out of him and he expects a lot of himself”, said Coquitlam Adanacs head coach Neil Doddridge. “He’s earned all the accolades he’s been given, and we’re very fortunate he’s playing for us”.
This season, Berg’s played in only thirteen games for Coquitlam due to commitments with the University of Denver and the World Field Lacrosse Championships. When Berg joined the Adanacs on their playoff run, he’s been dominant, scoring 32 points in just eight playoff games. The 21 year old forward is coming off an exciting summer where he won a Gold Medal for Canada at the World Field Lacrosse Championships.
“It was a great time and I was honoured to be chosen to play for Canada and win gold”, said Berg. “Now it’s time to focus on this series because it’ll be a tough one against them (Six Nations), they’re a strong team with a lot of good players”.
On the other side, for the Six Nations Arrows is their star, Johnny Powless. Powless missed all of the 2014 regular season due to injury, but came back in time to guide the Arrows to an impressive postseason run. His 63 points in thirteen playoff games ranks first on the team and in the Ontario Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse League.
As a 21 year old, his resume already includes three straight NLL championships with the Rochester Knighthawks and a Mann Cup with the Six Nations Chiefs, but Powless is looking to complete the tri-fecta.
“This has been my dream since I was seventeen years old to win the Minto Cup, and it’s kind of crazy to happen in my last year but I’m glad we’re here and I’m looking forward to getting underway tonight”, said Powless.
Powless, like Berg, is in his last year as a junior but is already being called one of the best rising stars in the NLL.
“I’ve seen some good players in my career, but Johnny reminds me a lot of John Tavares”, said Arrows head coach Marshall Abrams. “He’s smart, picks his spots and a great shooter. Tavares had long career, so I believe Johnny is on the right path,” said Abrams.
“I don’t think you can have two better individuals on and off the floor”, said Doddridge. “Their character, they live the right way, lead their teams the right way, and play the game the right way. You have two exceptional athletes that are trying to raise the Minto Cup”, said Doddridge.
Game 1 of the Minto Cup is tonight at 8PM at the Langley Events Centre. Opening ceremonies and roster introductions start at 7:45PM. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.ca or at the LEC Box Office which opens at 5PM.
For details visit http://www.LangleyEventsCentre.com/2014MintoCup