Canada Names Men's Sixes Roster for The World Games 2022

PHOTO BY JOHN STROHSACKER


OTTAWA, On. — Lacrosse Canada has announced the 12 players who will represent Canada in week one at The World Games 2022. The eleventh edition of the multi-sport games was rescheduled from 2021 and will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, USA from July 7 to 17, 2022.

The new Sixes lacrosse discipline will be used, following its introduction in May 2021. Canada first participated in Sixes lacrosse at the Super Sixes showcase held in Sparks, M.D. in October 2021, ending the event with a 3-1 record. Narrowing the roster to the group that would compete in Birmingham was no small feat.

“Selecting only 12 players was a tough task for our coaching staff. After our experience at the Fall Classic and Super Sixes in October 2021, we felt that creating the right mix of players would be key to sending a competitive team to The World Games in 2022,” said General Manager Ed Comeau.

Sixes lacrosse features fewer players (6 v. 6), a smaller field, condensed game length, and a 30-second shot clock. The game is notably faster-paced than other disciplines, and was developed by World Lacrosse to combine elements of the box and field games, and ultimately allow for more diversity in participation.

The team is led by head coach Brodie Merrill and supported by assistant coaches John Grant Jr. and Jordan Hall.

"It’s a privilege to be a part of this group as we pursue winning a gold medal this July,” said Merrill.

“We prioritized versatility and players that can make an impact on both sides of the ball, without having to worry too much about match-ups or subbing. When I look at the players on the roster—it’s an elite group. They will have to come together in a short time to pull this off, which will be a fun and exciting challenge as well.”

"I am honoured and super excited to be part of this Team Canada Sixes staff,” said assistant coach John Grant Jr.

“We have assembled some of the best players in the world for this event. Those selected have excelled in both the Box and Field versions of the game, and look to give us a great opportunity to compete for a world title in the new Sixes version."

The men’s competition will take place from July 8-12, and will be followed by the women’s competition from July 12-16.

Canada, which ranks second heading into the tournament, will face off against Haudenosaunee on July 8 at 1:45 pm CDT. The men’s team will then take on Japan at 10:30 am on July 9, and closeout pool play against Israel on July 10 at 2:45 pm.

Tickets are available now, and streaming information will be announced as it becomes available.







2022 CANADA MEN'S SIXES ROSTER

Name

Hometown

Pro Team(s)

College

Wesley Berg

Coquitloam, BC

Seals, Chaos

Denver

Reid Bowering

Coquitlam, BC

Warriors

Drexel

Josh Byrne

New Westminster, BC

Bandits, Chaos

Hofstra

Bryan Cole

Oakville, ON

Swarm, Whipsnakes

Maryland

Zach Currier

Peterborough, ON

Roughnecks, Waterdogs

Princeton

Brett Dobson (G)

Oshawa, ON

--

St. Bonaventure

Jordan MacIntosh

Oakville, ON

Swarm, Chrome

RIT

Clarke Petterson

Toronto, ON

Thunderbirds, Redwoods

Cornell

Challen Rogers

Coquitlam, BC

Rock, Chaos

Stony Brook

Dhane Smith

Kitchener, ON

Bandits, Chaos

--

Jeff Teat

Brampton, ON

Riptide, Atlas

Cornell

Dillon Ward (G)

Orangeville, ON

Mammoth, Waterdogs

Bellarmine

*Two alternates will be selected at a later date.

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