There are lots of Tri-Cities connections to Canada’s team for the World Indoor Championship in September.
Goaltender Christian Del Bianco, who recently backstopped the Calgary Roughnecks to a National Lacrosse League title and Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs to a Minto Cup championship in 2018, will be joined by several other Coquitlam lacrosse products on the squad:
• defender Matt Beers, who captained the Vancouver Warriors of the NLL this past season;
• forward Robert Church, who plays for the Saskatchewan Rush of the NLL, and is currently second in the Western Lacrosse Association in points (65) and goals (31) playing for the Burnaby Lakers;
• defender Challen Rogers, ex-Jr. A and captain of the NLL’s Toronto Rock;
• and forward Ben McIntosh, another former junior Adanac and assistant captain of the Rush.
Port Coquitlam’s Curtis Dickson, who also played for the Roughnecks and is currently playing alongside Del Bianco with the Maple Ridge Burrards, also was named to the squad along with former St. Adanac Dane Dobbie and Jr. A Mark Matthews.
Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs head coach Pat Coyle and Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky, who is from Coquitlam and is head coach of the Roughnecks, will be behind the bench as assistant coaches for the national team.
The tournament runs Sept. 19 to 28 at the Langley Events Centre.