Stealth Announce Move North to British Columbia
|The Stealth move to Vancouver
after making the Champions Cup final in three of the past four
years, including falling to Rochester this past May.
© Clint Trahan
After appearing in the NLL championship game in three of the past four years and winning the Champion's Cup in 2010, the Washington Stealth will be moving north to British Columbia, according to a press release issued by the National Lacrosse League on Thursday afternoon.
"It's a historic day for the NLL to be returning to British Columbia," NLL Commissioner George Daniel said. "We are proud to bring the world's best lacrosse players back to the Vancouver market."
Re-named the Vancouver Stealth, the team will play at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C., approximately an hour north of their former home in Everett,Wash. The Champion's Cup final against Rochester — a "home" game for the Stealth — was played there May 11. The Knighthawks edged Washington 11-10.
The Stealth will share the space with the Langley Thunder, the 2011 and 2012 champions of the Western Lacrosse Association of Canada's Senior A circuit, as well as similarly named Junior A and Intermediate A indoor squads during the summer. Three members of the Stealth – forwards Athan Iannucci and Mitch McMichael and defenseman Mike Grimes – also play for the Langley Senior A team.
"We are excited to bring the National Lacrosse League back to BC," Stealth owner Denise Watkins said. "Our goal is to bring our brand of Stealth lacrosse with us and continue the strong tradition we have built to the Greater Vancouver market."
The Stealth came to Washington prior to the 2010 season, having previously played in San Jose, Calif., also as the Stealth, from 2004-09. The team was founded in 2000 as the Albany (N.Y.) Attack and played there until 2003.
The full press release is available here. There will be a press conference July 2 at the Langley Event Center to announce further details about the move and the Stealth's plans for the 2014 season.