News and Announcements

Dane Sorensen Joins Express Coaching Staff

Posted by Saanich Express at Jan 20, 2022 9:39AM PST
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We are happy to announce the addition of Coach Dane Sorensen to the Express organization.

Dane spent his minor lacrosse with JDF lacrosse before graduating from minor to the Senior ranks of the Intermediate Shamrocks, then playing for the Junior Shamrocks and Junior Timbermen. He was then drafted in the 2nd round (13th overall) by the New Westminster Salmonbellies and played his WLA career with the ‘Bellies and Sr. Timbermen.

Dane attended Florida Southern University where he studied and received his (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration). He played 4 seasons of field lacrosse for the Mocs (2012-2015) where he accumulated (173 goals, 44 assists for 217 points) in 58 games. He was then drafted (45th overall) in the 2015 NLL entry draft by the Colorado Mammoth.

Currently Dane is an Associate/Realtor for Realtii Victoria. Prior to pursuing real estate, he spent the past six years as a Senior Sales Representative within the plumbing and construction wholesale industry.

Dane will bring a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the Saanich Express as they prepare for the 2022 Pacific Northwest Junior Lacrosse League season where the Express will be hosting the British Columbia Lacrosse Association Junior “B2” Provincials.

Welcome to the Express train, Dane!

All Aboard!

BCJALL 2021 ENTRY DRAFT - January 29, 2022

Posted by Saanich Express at Jan 13, 2022 1:54PM PST
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The British Columbia Junior A Lacrosse League (BCJALL) will hold the 2022 edition of the Entry Draft on Saturday, January 29th, at 7:30 pm. For the health and safety of those involved, the draft will be held virtually and webcast by the team at the Langley Events Centre.

The Entry Draft is designed to disperse the first-year Junior-aged players located in either the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island for their Junior eligible playing years (17-21). Only players in the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island who don’t have a Junior A franchise in their catchment are eligible. If you have a Junior A franchise in your catchment, you are automatically protected by that Club for your Junior eligible playing years (17-21).

Following the results of a draft lottery held on October 28th, the order of the first round of the draft is currently projected to be:

New Westminster
Port Coquitlam (via Nanaimo)
Delta
Port Coquitlam
Victoria
Burnaby
Langley
Coquitlam
For the full draft order, draft results, and frequency asked questions, visit the BCJALL draft hub.

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The IIJL World Junior Championships scheduled for August 8-14, 2022 in Winnipeg Manitoba is not a World Lacrosse (WL) or Lacrosse Canada (LC) Sanctioned event. As such any regional combine that is being run by this organization, CLL (Canadian Lacrosse League) is not a LC sanctioned event. The CLL (Canadian Lacrosse League) is NOT an entity of Lacrosse Canada.

All Member Associations (MA’s) under LC should not be sanctioning nor supporting the event in anyway. WL is the recognized World Body for Lacrosse and is the only lacrosse body that can sanction World Championships. LC and its MA’s, as members of WL and also of Sport Canada, support WL.

Any reference to “Team Canada” is not part of the LC National Team Program and therefore there is no Team Canada participating in this event.

As per LC Policy 5.1.5 – Team Canada refers to only sanctioned and officially recognized Canadian National Teams operated under the jurisdiction of LC.

Any players wishing to try out for this event/attending regional combines should be aware they will not be playing for Team Canada but a team put together of Canadian players not sanctioned by WL and LC. These players will not be recognized as legitimate Team Canada players nor be covered by any insurance under LC.

Any officials participating in these events would not be covered under LC Insurance.

Further to above the Member Associations of LC approved the following policy at the LC Annual Meeting on November 20th, 2021.

5.1.2 Domestically and internationally, no registered participant, Jr and under, may play or participate in any non-approved competition, namely any competitions non-approved by World Lacrosse or any of its National Governing Bodies (NGB) including Lacrosse Canada (LC), and Provincial or Territorial Sport Organization (P/TSO) without first obtaining the permission of their LC Member Association. Any participation in non-sanctioned events will result in loss of eligibility for all National Championships and Team Canada events.

It is the LC Member Associations (P/TSO) responsibility to implement a process to identify which competitions are non-approved for their participants. Each Member Association will notify Lacrosse Canada of participants who have lost eligibility for all National Championships and Team Canada events, on an ongoing basis.

If you have any questions regarding this communication please contact Jane Clapham, LC Executive Director.

About Lacrosse Canada

Founded in 1867, Lacrosse Canada is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. Lacrosse Canada’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. Lacrosse Canada oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by World Lacrosse. Lacrosse Canada is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners – NormaTec Recovery Systems, RockTape, OPRO, Canadian Red Cross, Westjet, and Baron Rings – as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation.

For more information, please contact:

Jane Clapham
Executive Director
Lacrosse Canada
Email: jane@lacrosse.ca

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Congratulations to Craig Gains; this years’ winner and recipient of the the BCLA Spirit Champion as nominated by the Saanich Express Lacrosse Club. Craig was instrumental this 2021 summer lacrosse season in assisting our lacrosse club get prepared to play during these unprecedented times. He was a huge part of our programs success this season and we’d like to recognize him for his efforts. Congratulations again Craig! All Aboard!

Battle of the Heavyweights - Express vs. Bears

Posted by Saanich Express at Jul 20, 2021 11:14PM PDT
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Come one… come 200!

The first 200 people in line get a seat for the battle of the heavyweights as your 3-0 Saanich Express take on the 2-0 Westshore Bears at Panorama Arena, Wednesday July 21st @ 8:30pm.

Doors will not open until 8:00pm due to protocols.
Get there early, stand in line and get ready for exciting PNWJLL lacrosse action.

Security will be tight, to allow for those dedicated lacrosse fans only to get in to the game.