We've had the World Junior Hockey Tournament in Buffalo, as well as the Triple-A All-Star baseball game and the National Lacrosse League All-Star Game. Now circle your calendar for another good event, the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in 2015.
The event will actually be split between the Syracuse area and Buffalo's First Niagara Center in Sept. 2015. The opening rounds will be held at the Tsha'Hon'nonyen'dakhwa' Onondaga Nation Arena near Syracuse. Then the semifinals and finals will be here.
The Iroquois Nationals will be the host of the event. They were admitted to represent the Native population in New York State, Ontario and Quebec.
On the world stage, indoor lacrosse essentially has two tiers. There's Canada, the United States and the Iroquois Nationals, and then there's the rest of the teams. Those three teams are packed with players who participate in the NLL. Canada won the title in Prague in 2011 over seven other teams. Therefore, it's safe to say the semifinals and finals ought to be very good games between teams filled with talent ... and we'll get to see it here.
It will raise an interesting question. Will the fans here root hard for the USA, even if there are some Bandits on Team Canada or Iroquois? I would think so.
Meanwhile, Bainbridge Sports tweeted tonight that the Bandits have reached an agreement with goalie Kurt Wagar. With Mike Thompson retiring, Buffalo obviously would like a little competition for the second-string job behind Anthony Cosmo. Wagar was essentially the third goalie for Philadelphia last season, playing less than 30 minutes, and once was a backup on the Orlando Titans. Wagar sent out a tweet saying essentially that he wasn't quite done with the sport yet.
--- Budd Bailey