The Braves come home after 42 years
Kitchener The Braves are heading home where it all began. In 1967, the Braves played their first game in junior lacrosse at The Aud on East Avenue. Now entering their 47th season of junior lacrosse, the Braves return to The Aud for their home opener next Thursday, May 9 where they’ll take on Peterborough, the team that knocked them out of last year’s playoffs. On May 16, they face Orangeville at home.
“The Braves are truly excited at the opportunity to return to Kitchener and play our home games in the Kinsmen Arena,” said Lawrie Hallman, president of the Braves. “We want to create an in-game atmosphere that gives our fans a memorable experience.”
Hallman, whose son, Corey, is assistant coach, said a core of great players will be returning for the season, including Dhane Smith, league scoring leader and most valuable player in 2012; Kyle Jackson, member of 2012 Team Canada in field lacrosse and currently at the University of Michigan on a lacrosse scholarship, and Chris Cloutier, at the University of North Carolina on a lacrosse scholarship.
All members of the coaching staff Brian Beisel, Corey Hallman and Mark Tinning are returning for their third season. Mike Poulin, 2012 goaltender of the year in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), has been added as the goaltending coach. Poulin, a former Brave, currently plays for the Calgary Roughnecks in the NLL.
“We are excited to have them back, said Paul Pickard, manager of The Aud and community arenas. “The Braves will bring such a buzz to our facility; I know the hometown community is proud to have them back. This partnership, renewed between the City of Kitchener and the Braves will provide family affordable sports and entertainment for their fans and our citizens.”
Tickets can be purchased on game day; $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For more information on the KW Braves or to view their upcoming game schedule, please visit kwbraveslacrosse.com.