About Manitoba Blizzard Lacrosse
Who Are We?
“Not Just About Sports”
A Group of Manitobans with a Mission:
“To build a better, more vibrant community”
“Grow Lacrosse in Manitoba”
“Create Awareness of Canada’s National Summer Sport”
Powered by a Team of Lacrosse Loving Volunteers
- Develop High Performance Lacrosse in Manitoba
- Create a team and organization that young Manitobans can aspire to be part of.
- Create a team that all Manitobans will be proud to call their own.
- Build Lacrosse in Manitoba at all levels including Minor, Junior and Senior Leagues.
- Create awareness of Canada’s National Summer Sport.
MANITOBA BLIZZARD OUR STORY
- 2010 Manitoba Gryphons petitioned the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RML) in Alberta and were accepted.
- In 2010 the RML consisted of teams throughout Alberta (8-10); one team from Saskatchewan and one team from Manitoba. As of 2018, the league has grown and there is now 15 teams total, with 2 from Saskatchewan and 1 from Manitoba. The remaining 12 teams are all from Alberta
- 2011 the Manitoba Gryphons played with a probationary acceptance to see how Manitoba would compete. There was a reduced schedule of 14 games and no eligibility for playoffs.
- 2012 the Manitoba Gryphons earned their way into the RML with a full 20 game schedule and they could win a spot in the playoffs which was done.
- 2012 The Manitoba Gryphons applied to the MLA and CLA for the privilege to host Founders’ Cup 2013.
- Founders’ Cup 2013 was hosted out of the St. Norbert Arena from August 17th-25th 2013. Teams from across Canada gather with a volunteer base of over 200 lacrosse fans in Manitoba ready to welcome them.
- The Manitoba Gryphons finished this National Tournament as the ‘B’ Side Championship.
- Through the off season, the MB Gryphons went through a management change.
- 2014 The Manitoba Blizzard is introduced with the Coaching Staff of Kyle Buchanan (NLL Player); Luc Magnon (former MB Gryphons player); Rob Wilson and Marc Beghin.
–Our Team was very young but had strong leadership from veteran players.
–Completed the season winning every home game.
–Went to first round playoffs where the season would end.
–Traveled to compete at Founders’ Cup 2014 in Halifax, Nova Scotia where
we lost in the Bronze Medal game to the Host Team.
–Created great memories on the East Coast.
- In late 2013, 4 local like-minded lacrosse dads and coaches purchased the MB Gryphons and changed the name to the Manitoba Blizzard, as well as moving the clubs home arena from Oakbank to the Notre Dame arena also known as the “Ice Box”.
- 2015 was a stellar year for the Manitoba Blizzard winning the RML North Division Championship and Silver in the League under the coaching of Rob Wilson; Paul Nicholson (former player); and Garrett Malkowich (former player).
- Team had a season record of 14-6
- Competed at Founders’ Cup in Calgary and came home the ‘B’ Side Champions.
- With the momentum of a another successful season the ‘Blizz Boys’ and Advisory Team have reached out to both the lacrosse and the general community to continue building Lacrosse in Manitoba.
- 2016 would have coach Rob Wilson leaving his role, to make way for coach Trevor Anyon. Trevor comes to the Blizzard from Orangeville Ontario with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Turning out another stellar season, the Blizzard won the now newly formed East division with a record of 15-5. The playoffs would be where history has finally been made. For the first time in franchise history, the Manitoba Blizzard took home the RMLL league championship.
- Another great turnout at founders for the Blizzard as they continue to represent Manitoba.
- Returning as the 2016 RMLL champions, coach Trevor had his sights on another successful season and he did not let us down. with another East division championship with a record of 18-2 during the regular season, coach Anyon and the Blizzard once again made history with a back to back RMLL championship. This has only even been accomplished a few other times in RMLL history.
- Post-RMLL the Blizzard continue to represent Manitoba at Founders’ Cup.
BUILDING LACROSSE IN MANITOBA
- Our team recognizes the significant value that minor leagues in Manitoba bring to our organization.
–FACT – Red River Lacrosse Association (RRLA) has seen reduced registration in the past 2-3 years.
–FACT – Lacrosse, although our National Summer Sport, receives very little to no media exposure in Manitoba
- Our team endeavours to be present in the community to bring awareness to our sport and to encourage young athletes to play Lacrosse.
“Not Just About Sports”
Turning Young Men Into Good Men
- Established relationship with Special Olympics as Group Event Volunteers
- Assist Introduction to Lacrosse Clinics across MB
- ‘I Love To Read’ Month – 7 school visits in 2016
- Blizzard Rust Buster Camp for RRLA players
- Assist at Manitoba Alumni Lacrosse Events
- Coaches for Red River Lacrosse Association (Box)
- Coaches for High School Field Lacrosse
- Past Players Coach Provincial Teams and have come back to Coach Blizzard.
“Not Just About Sports”
- We are seeking community minded, forward-looking companies, organizations and individuals who share our vision for building a better, more vibrant community.
- Help us build an exemplary organization that sets the standard of excellence for young Manitobans to aspire to!