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The Boston Blazers 09-10 Season
The Boston Blazers 09-10 Season
Published: 2009/12/23
Channel: Matt Crocker
NLL MILL Era 1993 Philadelphia Wings @ Boston Blazers
NLL MILL Era 1993 Philadelphia Wings @ Boston Blazers
Published: 2016/11/02
Channel: HOFNetminder35
2010 Boston Blazers Intro Video
2010 Boston Blazers Intro Video
Published: 2010/01/09
Channel: BostonBlazerOfficial
Full Highlights: Portland Trail Blazers vs Boston Celtics, MGM Resorts NBA Summer League | July 9
Full Highlights: Portland Trail Blazers vs Boston Celtics, MGM Resorts NBA Summer League | July 9
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: NBA
Dan Dawson Highlights Boston Blazers 2011
Dan Dawson Highlights Boston Blazers 2011
Published: 2011/03/31
Channel: BostonBlazerOfficial
The Edmonton Rush vs The Boston Blazers
The Edmonton Rush vs The Boston Blazers
Published: 2010/03/28
Channel: WhoaIsMe_93
Casey Powell Highlights Boston Blazers
Casey Powell Highlights Boston Blazers
Published: 2011/03/31
Channel: BostonBlazerOfficial
Original Boston Blazers
Original Boston Blazers
Published: 2009/09/03
Channel: BostonBlazerOfficial
Boston Blazers 2011 Ticket Video
Boston Blazers 2011 Ticket Video
Published: 2010/09/30
Channel: BostonBlazerOfficial
Boston Blazers First Half Highlights
Boston Blazers First Half Highlights
Published: 2011/03/01
Channel: BostonBlazerOfficial
Boston Blazers Tom Ryan Feb 6.
Boston Blazers Tom Ryan Feb 6.
Published: 2010/02/09
Channel: Daniel Ventresca
Boston Blazers @ Bruins
Boston Blazers @ Bruins
Published: 2009/01/04
Channel: Jesse Haley
Boston Blazers "Opening Night" TV Commercial
Boston Blazers "Opening Night" TV Commercial
Published: 2010/01/04
Channel: BostonBlazerOfficial
4 fights at once! Toronto Rock Vs Boston Blazers
4 fights at once! Toronto Rock Vs Boston Blazers
Published: 2010/01/16
Channel: MegaLaxgirl
NLL MILL Era 1997 Boston Blazers @ Philadelphia Wings
NLL MILL Era 1997 Boston Blazers @ Philadelphia Wings
Published: 2016/11/15
Channel: HOFNetminder35
Boston Blazers Long Promo
Boston Blazers Long Promo
Published: 2008/04/08
Channel: BlazersLacrosse
Josh Sanderson Highlights 2011 Boston Blazers
Josh Sanderson Highlights 2011 Boston Blazers
Published: 2011/03/31
Channel: BostonBlazerOfficial
boston blazers fight
boston blazers fight
Published: 2009/04/19
Channel: sulldotrat617
boston blazers lacrosse fight
boston blazers lacrosse fight
Published: 2009/04/19
Channel: sulldotrat617
TORONTO ROCK BOSTON BLAZERS 4 on 4 LINE BRAWL
TORONTO ROCK BOSTON BLAZERS 4 on 4 LINE BRAWL
Published: 2010/01/16
Channel: NLLFAN2008
Boston Blazers Player Introduction
Boston Blazers Player Introduction
Published: 2009/03/08
Channel: Fang808
Buffalo Bandits win over Boston Blazers 4/30/2011
Buffalo Bandits win over Boston Blazers 4/30/2011
Published: 2011/05/05
Channel: Paul Kerr
Boston Blazers and Philadelphia Wings team brawl from 3/27/10 game
Boston Blazers and Philadelphia Wings team brawl from 3/27/10 game
Published: 2010/03/28
Channel: Wolfman12395
RCN Dance Cam at the Boston Blazers Game
RCN Dance Cam at the Boston Blazers Game
Published: 2010/04/07
Channel: BostonBlazerOfficial
NLL MILL Era 1995 Philadelphia Wings @ Boston Blazers
NLL MILL Era 1995 Philadelphia Wings @ Boston Blazers
Published: 2016/11/16
Channel: HOFNetminder35
Ben Shoots with Boston Blazers
Ben Shoots with Boston Blazers
Published: 2010/03/03
Channel: WPRI
Boston Blazers Goals vs Rochester Knighthawks highlights from 02/06/2010
Boston Blazers Goals vs Rochester Knighthawks highlights from 02/06/2010
Published: 2010/03/13
Channel: DustinAxis
The Boston Blazers visit The Rhode Show
The Boston Blazers visit The Rhode Show
Published: 2010/03/03
Channel: WPRI
Vermont Voyageurs VS Boston blazers 5.1.15 highlights
Vermont Voyageurs VS Boston blazers 5.1.15 highlights
Published: 2015/05/06
Channel: Ethan Farrell
Lax School Livin Lax - Boston Blazers Game Time
Lax School Livin Lax - Boston Blazers Game Time
Published: 2011/02/03
Channel: LaxSchool
Boston Blazers Lacrosse Dance Team 2009
Boston Blazers Lacrosse Dance Team 2009
Published: 2009/04/28
Channel: CompanyDancer08
Boston blazers pregame
Boston blazers pregame
Published: 2011/04/11
Channel: bostonsportsrule1
Boston Blazers Sparks Dance Team Performance
Boston Blazers Sparks Dance Team Performance
Published: 2012/01/14
Channel: sunkissedshrewsbury
The Star Spangled Banner Before the Boston Blazers Game
The Star Spangled Banner Before the Boston Blazers Game
Published: 2011/01/16
Channel: xanna238
Boston Blazers vs. Portland LumberJax January 31, 2009
Boston Blazers vs. Portland LumberJax January 31, 2009
Published: 2009/02/02
Channel: gavelgirl8
2011 Boston Blazers 30 Sec TV Spot
2011 Boston Blazers 30 Sec TV Spot
Published: 2010/12/13
Channel: BostonBlazerOfficial
NLL - Hard Hit and Dawson vs. Smith
NLL - Hard Hit and Dawson vs. Smith
Published: 2009/01/19
Channel: Inside Lacrosse
Boston Blazers Tribute Video from InLaxWeTrust.com.wmv
Boston Blazers Tribute Video from InLaxWeTrust.com.wmv
Published: 2011/09/21
Channel: In Lacrosse We Trust
Boston Blazers captain Dan Dawson Feb. 6
Boston Blazers captain Dan Dawson Feb. 6
Published: 2010/02/09
Channel: Daniel Ventresca
Toronto Rock vs Boston Blazers NLL
Toronto Rock vs Boston Blazers NLL
Published: 2011/01/22
Channel: the zoidberg nasty
Jayden Unmack playing for Boston Blazers in Disney Showcase 2014 4
Jayden Unmack playing for Boston Blazers in Disney Showcase 2014 4
Published: 2015/02/09
Channel: Sean Unmack
Boston Blazers Score!!!!!
Boston Blazers Score!!!!!
Published: 2011/02/06
Channel: Grenadetosser
Boston Blazers vs Philadelphia Wings 1/30/10
Boston Blazers vs Philadelphia Wings 1/30/10
Published: 2010/10/18
Channel: BostonBlazerOfficial
Boston Blazers vs. Edmonton Rush (1/15/11) Post-Game Thoughts
Boston Blazers vs. Edmonton Rush (1/15/11) Post-Game Thoughts
Published: 2011/01/16
Channel: NoontimeSports
Colgate 13 Alumni National Anthem at Boston Blazers
Colgate 13 Alumni National Anthem at Boston Blazers
Published: 2010/03/14
Channel: Eric Nudelman
Boston Blazers
Boston Blazers
Published: 2012/05/21
Channel: Bradley Mackenzie
Sixth Annual Qdoba Rice & Bean Pot - Boston Blazers
Sixth Annual Qdoba Rice & Bean Pot - Boston Blazers
Published: 2010/02/12
Channel: BeantownAthleticSupp
Noontime Sports: Why Fans Love the Boston Blazers
Noontime Sports: Why Fans Love the Boston Blazers
Published: 2011/04/10
Channel: NoontimeSports
2011 Boston Blazers Opening Night :15 Sec Spot
2011 Boston Blazers Opening Night :15 Sec Spot
Published: 2010/12/29
Channel: BostonBlazerOfficial
Noontime Sports - Boston Blazers (Apr. 9, 2011) Post-Game
Noontime Sports - Boston Blazers (Apr. 9, 2011) Post-Game
Published: 2011/04/10
Channel: NoontimeSports
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Boston Blazers
BlazersLogo.jpg
Team logo
Division Eastern
Founded 2007
Home arena TD Garden
Based in Boston, Massachusetts
Colors Red, White, & Black
Head coach Matt Sawyer
General manager Doug Reffue
Owner(s) Tim Armstrong
For the article on the former MILL team, see Boston Blazers (1992–1997)

The Boston Blazers were an indoor lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). The Blazers were based in Boston, Massachusetts, and began play in the 2009 NLL season. They are also an AAU basketball team based out of Massachusetts.

The team was owned by Tim Armstrong, the former President of Advertising and Commerce for Google.[1] who is currently CEO of AOL. NLL veteran Tom Ryan was the team's head coach until being dismissed on December 23, 2010. Ryan was replaced on December 28, 2010 by former Toronto Rock assistant coach Matt Sawyer. On April 7, 2008, the Blazers named veteran New England marketing executive Doug Reffue to the position of team president.

The team was not associated with the former Boston Blazers, who played in the MILL (predecessor to the NLL) from 1992 to 1997. However, the name was chosen "in part due to the popularity and nostalgia associated with the former Boston Blazers franchise".[2]

On August 30, 2011, the team announced that it would be temporarily suspend operations for the 2012 season as they sought a new home facility for the 2013 season.[3] However the team has yet to resume operations by 2016.

History[edit]

The Blazers were originally scheduled to begin play in the 2008 NLL season. On July 31, 2007 the league held an expansion draft and the Blazers selected a number of players.[4] In preparation for the season, the team also made a number of trades.[5][6][7] On October 16, 2007, the NLL announced that the 2008 season had been cancelled due to the failure of the league and the Professional Lacrosse Players' Association to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.[8] However, the negotiations continued, and on October 25, the league announced that a new seven-year agreement had been reached, and that the season would be played.[9] A new schedule was announced on November 2, 2007, but only included 12 of the expected 14 teams; the Blazers and the Arizona Sting had been removed.[10] The reasons that the Blazers and Sting opted out of the season were not given, just that it was "due to a number of business issues", and that both teams would return in 2009.[10] A dispersal draft was held on November 5, 2007.[11]

Inaugural season[edit]

The 2009 NLL season was the Boston Blazers' first season playing in the league. In order to field a team for the season, the Blazers participated in the three separate drafts: the Arizona Sting dispersal draft, the expansion draft on July 24, and the entry draft in September.

On June 30, in the Arizona Sting dispersal draft, the Blazers selected Dan Dawson first overall and forward Peter Veltman with the first pick of the second round.[12] On July 24 the team picked 12 additional players for their roster in the 2008 expansion draft, including goaltender Mike Poulin with the first overall selection.[13]

Player Original Club Position
Mike Poulin Toronto Rock Goaltender
Mitch Belisle New York Titans Defenseman
Matt Lyons Rochester Knighthawks Forward
Kyle Laverty Buffalo Bandits Defenseman
John Gallant Colorado Mammoth Defenseman
Jake Bergey Philadelphia Wings Forward
Devan Wray Calgary Roughnecks Defenseman
Kyle Ross Minnesota Swarm Defenseman
Tom Johnson San Jose Stealth Forward
Matt Holman Chicago Shamrox Forward
Michael Kilby Portland LumberJax Defenseman
Cam Bergman Edmonton Rush Transition

Shortly after the draft concluded, the Blazers traded Cam Bergman back to the Edmonton Rush for F Brenden Thenhaus and G Kurtis Wagar.[14]

On July 29, the Blazers and Rochester Knighthawks swapped defenders, with Kyle Laverty going to Rochester in exchange for University of Massachusetts Amherst alum Jack Reid.[15]

On July 30, the Blazers, San Jose Stealth, and Calgary Roughnecks completed a 3-way trade that sent Tom Johnson, Travis Gillespie, and Boston's 3rd-round pick in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft to San Jose, Devan Wray to Calgary, and forward Sean Morris (another UMass alum and Marshfield, MA native), defenseman Steve Panarelli, Calgary's 3rd-round pick in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft, and San Jose's 2nd-round pick in the 2010 NLL Entry Draft to Boston.[16]

Only weeks before the season began, the Chicago Shamrox suspended operations, and another dispersal draft was held. The Blazers had the first overall pick, and chose former Goaltender of the Year Anthony Cosmo.[17]

Final Roster[edit]

Final Boston Blazers roster
Active (20-man) roster Inactive roster Coaches
Goaltenders
Defensemen
  • 85 United States Mitch Belisle
  • 12 Canada Jon "Bubba" Durno
  • 28 Canada Dilan Graham
  • 33 Canada Jon Harnett
  •  4 Canada Carter Livingstone
  • 15 Canada Curtis Ptolemy
  • 18 United States Jack Reid
Forwards
Transition
Practice Squad
  • 20 Travis Brown
  • 05 Paul Manesis
Head Coach
  • Matt Sawyer
Assistant Coaches
  • Todd Francis
  • Randy Fraser
  • Corey Hallman

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

Roster updated 2009-02-04
NLL Transactions

All time Record[edit]

Season Division W-L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
2009 Eastern 10-6 3rd 4-4 6-2 181 168 Tom Ryan Lost Division Semifinal
2010 Eastern 8-8 4th 5-3 3-5 161 162 Lost Division Semifinal
2011 Eastern 8-8 4th 5-3 3-5 166 155 Matt Sawyer Lost Division Semifinal
Total   26 – 22   14 – 10 12 – 12 508 485    

Playoff Results[edit]

Season Game Visiting Home
2009 Division Semifinal Boston 8 Buffalo 11[18]
2010 Division Semifinal Boston 11 Orlando 12
2011 Division Semifinal Boston 10 Buffalo 11

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Google exec bets on niche sports like lacrosse". Reuters. October 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Boston team name: Blazers". NLL.com. October 4, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  3. ^ "Blazers to Move Operations for 2013 Season". NLL.com. August 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Pat Merrill Selected First Overall By Boston". NLL.com. July 31, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  5. ^ "Boston Deals Langtry Back To Colorado". NLL.com. July 31, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  6. ^ "Boston Sends Croswell to Toronto". NLL.com. July 31, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  7. ^ "Toronto / Boston Trade Revoked". NLL.com. August 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  8. ^ "2008 Season Cancelled". NLL.com. 2007-10-16. Archived from the original on 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  9. ^ "NLL, PLPA Reach Seven-Year Deal". NLL.com. October 25, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  10. ^ a b "League Releases New 2008 Schedule". NLL.com. November 2, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  11. ^ "Dawson selected first overall by Portland". NLL.com. November 5, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  12. ^ "Dawson joins Boston Blazers". NLL.com. June 30, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  13. ^ "Boston selects Poulin first overall". NLL.com. July 24, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  14. ^ "Boston Adds 12 in Expansion Draft". NLL.com. July 24, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  15. ^ "Blazers and Knighthawks Swap Defenders". NLL.com. July 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  16. ^ "Five Players Swapped in Three-Way Deal". NLL.com. July 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  17. ^ "Cosmo Selected First Overall By Boston". NLL.com. December 12, 2008. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  18. ^ http://www.nll.com/game/show/2777774?referrer_id=395168

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