Vancouver Ravens

The Vancouver Ravens were the original Vancouver National Lacrosse League (NLL) franchise from 2002 to 2004. The team played their home games at General Motors Place, now Rogers Arena, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. At the conclusion of their three-year lease at GM Place, they were unable to secure an extension with GM Place nor able to negotiate with Pacific Coliseum. Combined with a lack of attendance due to unstable ownership, on December 14, 2004, the NLL announced that the Ravens would cease operations and not be playing in the 2005 NLL season.

Vancouver Ravens
Vancouver Ravens logo.svg
DivisionNorthern/Western
Based inVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
ArenaGeneral Motors Place
ColoursRed, Black, Yellow

On June 18, 2007 a bid was submitted to the NLL for the return of the Vancouver Ravens for the 2008 season. The bid that was submitted to the NLL was approved on the condition that an arena lease is obtained and 2,500 season tickets are sold.[1]

On July 16, 2007, there was confirmation that the Vancouver Ravens could play in the 2008 season at GM Place.[2] On July 19, 2007, contrary to earlier reports, the NLL announced that the Vancouver Ravens would not play in the 2008 season.[3]

On August 26, 2008, retired Olympic Boxer and bronze medallist Dale Walters, along with Jeff Hughes, applied to return professional lacrosse back to Vancouver through the purchase and relocation of the Portland Lumberjax.

Since the folding of the Ravens franchise, the National Lacrosse League has returned to British Columbia. The Vancouver Stealth franchise, which relocated to BC in 2013 from Everett, Washington where they were known as the Washington Stealth.

Awards and honoursEdit

Year Player Award
2002 Tom Mayenknecht Executive of the Year
Dave Evans GM of the Year

All time recordEdit

Season Division W-L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
2002 Northern 10-6 2nd 6-2 4-4 236 192 Paul Dal Monte Lost in quarterfinals
2003 Northern 9-7 3rd 5-3 4-4 208 196 Paul Dal Monte Lost in quarterfinals
2004 Western 5-11 5th 3-5 2-6 188 213 Paul Dal Monte Missed playoffs
Total 3 seasons 24-24   14-10 10-14 632 601    

Playoff resultsEdit

Season Game Visiting Home
2002 Quarterfinals Vancouver 10 Rochester 11
2003 Quarterfinals Vancouver 12 Colorado 15

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New ownership could revive NLL's Ravens". The Vancouver Sun. June 18, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-20.
  2. ^ "General Motors Place to serve as home for new Vancouver Ravens Lacross franchise". Vancouver Ravens. July 16, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
  3. ^ "Ravens Put On Hold". Toronto Sun. July 21, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-21.