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The Saskatchewan Rush are a professional box lacrosse team based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. They are members of the Western Division of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and play their home games at the SaskTel Centre. The Rush won the Champion's Cup in 2016, their first season in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Rush
Saskatchewan Rush.png
Team logo
Division Western
Founded 2015
Home arena Co-Op Field at SaskTel Centre
Based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Colors Green, black, silver
Head coach Derek Keenan
General manager Derek Keenan
Owner Bruce Urban
Local media CKBL-FM, SaskTel MaxTV
Championships 2016
Division Championships 2016, 2017
Formerly Edmonton Rush
Website Official Site

Contents

HistoryEdit

The Edmonton Rush made their debut as an expansion team in the 2006 NLL season and twice reached the NLL final. After losing in 2012, they won the Champion's Cup in 2015.[1] However, the team struggled to draw fans, faced competition from the Edmonton Oil Kings junior hockey team for fans, and were denied the ability to promote the Rush branding within Rexall Place by the Edmonton Oilers.[1] Lacking any agreement with the City of Edmonton to play at its replacement, Rogers Place, owner Bruce Urban opted to relocate for the 2016 NLL season.[2]

Current rosterEdit

Saskatchewan Rush roster
Active (20-man) roster Inactive roster Coaches
Goaltenders
Defensemen
Forwards
Transition
Practice Squad
Unable to play
Head Coach
Assistant Coaches

Legend
  • * Suspended list
  • (C) Captain
  • (A) Alternate captain

Roster updated 2017-11-18
NLL Transactions


All-time recordEdit

Season Division W–L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs Avg Attendance
2016 Western 13–5 1st 7–2 6–3 233 190 Derek Keenan Champions 11,736
2017 Western 12-6 1st 8-1 4-5 231 212 Derek Keenan lost final 14,921
2018 Western 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Derek Keenan
Total 3 seasons 25-11   15-3 10–8 464 402     13,328
Playoff Totals 2 Appearances 6-2   3–1 3–1 107 90   1 championship 14,672

Head coaching historyEdit

Note: This list does not include head coaches from the Edmonton Rush.

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
1 Derek Keenan 2016- 36 25 11 .694 8 6 2 .750

BroadcastingEdit

Regarding local broadcasts, the Rush reached a deal with CKBL-FM (radio) and SaskTel MaxTV (TV) to broadcast its 2016 Western Conference playoff games.[3] CKBL-FM also broadcast the 2016 National Lacrosse League Finals between the Rush and the Buffalo Bandits with John Fraser calling play-by-play and Casey Guerin as colour commentator. For 2017-2019, The Saskatchewan Rush came to a local radio agreement with Saskatoon Media Group that will see all home, away and playoff games broadcast on CJMK-FM (98COOL-FM) and additional team features on sister station CKBL-FM (92.9 The Bull).[4][5][6] All Saskatchewan Rush games are broadcast through the National Lacrosse League's website at nll.com and through television deals with TSN in Canada and both Fox Sports and ESPN in the United States.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Gregor, Jason (2015-07-21). "Urban explains why Rush are leaving Edmonton". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2015-07-21. 
  2. ^ "NLL's Rush leaving Edmonton for Saskatoon". The Sports Network. 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-07-21. 
  3. ^ "In Brief: Saturday's Saskatchewan Rush game on TV; Bowling Silver". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "SaskatoonHomepage.ca - Rush Reports". www.saskatoonhomepage.ca. Retrieved 2016-06-07. 
  5. ^ nurun.com. "Waiting game for Casey Guerin". Peterborough Examiner. Retrieved 2016-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Saskatchewan Rush Partner With Saskatoon Media Group". nll.com. 
  7. ^ "Broadcast Schedule | National Lacrosse League". www.nll.com. Retrieved 2016-06-07. 

External linksEdit