Always A Regal: Exhibition Game proceeds to go to former player after house fire

James Short

The Guelph Regals organization pride themselves on maintaining a Family culture.

Like in any family, when a member is faced with an unfortunate circumstance, the rest of the family does not hesitate to step up and help however they can.

So when the Jr. B’s learned that former Regals player James Short’s house was destroyed by a devastating fire on Monday, March 29, where James and two other roommates escaped with just the clothes on their backs in a matter of seconds, the organization reached out to James to let him know they still have his back.

When the fire began on Monday afternoon, it was reported that three of the seven people who lived at the residence were home at the time. Reports say that the house is “a total loss” and that the boys had just “seconds to get out” because of how fast it happened.

Two of them were sleeping and were woken up by fire alarms. All seven residents are students at the University of Guelph. They lost textbooks, computers, drumsets, guitars, recording equipment, and much more in the fire.

To help James and his roommates recover from the losses, the Jr. B Regals organization will be donating all admission proceeds from their Exhibition Game on Sunday, April 14 versus Halton Hills to James. The game begins at 4:00 PM at Victoria Road Arena in Guelph, and the organization is asking for a minimum $5 donation to attend the game.

If you are unable to attend the game but would still like to help out, you can donate to their GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/help-hoops.

The Regals are thinking of you, James!

Regals Exhibition Game Poster

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Guelph Food Trucks to attend 2018 Regals home games

Food. Lacrosse. What more can you ask for?

The Regals have teamed up with several Guelph Food Trucks for the 2018 season that will see delicious foods and treats served at home games.

Fans and visitors alike will be able to eat lunch and/or dinner beginning 30 minutes before Regals home games. The trucks will be located in the corner of the parking lot at Victoria Road Arena, right along Victoria Road. The trucks will remain open until the end of the second intermission.

Below is a full list of food trucks that will be attending. You can visit their website and social media pages to learn more about them and what foods they offer!

Friday, April 20 vs Elora – Breakfast Blues & BBQ’s and Sweet Temptations Cupcakes
Sunday, April 22 vs London – Breakfast Blues & BBQ’s
Friday, May 11 vs Owen Sound – Schmuck Truck
Saturday, May 12 vs Elora – Breakfast Blues & BBQ’s and Sweet Temptations Cupcakes
Friday, June 1 vs Orangeville – Nomad Chef
Friday, June 8 vs Niagara – Fo’Cheesy
Sunday, June 10 vs Owen Sound – Wild Boar
Friday, June 15 vs Hamilton – Fo’Cheesy
Sunday, June 17 vs Windsor – Wild Boar

Follow each truck on social media as well to see where they’ll be next!

Breakfast Blues & BBQs
Twitter – @BB_BBQs
Facebook – @BreakfastBluesandBBQs
Instagram – @breakfast_blues_bbqs
Schmuck Truck
Twitter – @SchmuckTruck1
Facebook – @schmucktruck
Instagram – @schmucktrucks
Wild Boar
Twitter – @thwwildboarkw
Facebook – @thewildboarkw
Instagram – @thewildboarkw
Fo’Cheesy
Twitter – @FoCheezyTruck
Facebook – @FoCheezyTruck
Instagram – @focheezyfoodtruck
Nomad Chef
Twitter – @nomadchefca
Facebook – @nomadchefca
Instagram – @nomadchefca
Sweet Temptations
Twitter – @Sweet_T_Cakes
Facebook – @SweetTemptationsCupcakeryGuelph
Instagram – @sweet_t_cakes
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2018 OJBLL Pre-Season Tournament Schedules

Lacrosse is coming.

The first “Junior” league to begin play is the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League (OJBLL) and the majority of teams have begun shaking off the cobwebs. Players have started to battle it out for roster spots at Training Camps and fans will soon be able to get their lacrosse fix with exhibition games!

There are several pre-season Jr B tournaments taking place this season, and it all begins on Easter Weekend in Six Nations. Each tournament will feature shortened games with the exception of the Green Gaels Tournament on April 7, which will play full-length contests.

Here is a full list of 2018 Jr B exhibition tournaments in Ontario and their schedules:

Saturday, March 31 in Six Nations (Iroquois Lacrosse Arena)

Six Nations vs Six Nations Jr.C 9:00 AM
Six Nations vs London 10:00 AM
Windsor vs Hamilton 11:00 AM
Brantford Jr.C vs Six Nations Jr.C 12:00 PM
Six Nations vs Hamilton 1:00 PM
Windsor vs London 2:00 PM
Wilmot Jr.C vs Six Nations Jr.C 3:00 PM
Hamilton vs London 4:00 PM
Six Nations vs Windsor 5:00 PM

Saturday, April 7 in St. Catharines (Merritton Arena)

Mississauga vs Spartan 9:00 AM
Newmarket vs Hamilton 10:00 AM
Mississauga vs Niagara 11:00 AM
Six Nations vs Newmarket 12:00 PM
Hamillton vs Mississauga 1:00 PM
Niagara vs Newmarket 2:00 PM
Guelph vs Spartan 3:00 PM
W. Durham vs Six Nations 4:00 PM
Hamillton vs Guelph 5:00 PM
Niagara vs W. Durham 6:00 PM
Guelph vs Six Nations 7:00 PM
W. Durham vs Spartan 8:00 PM

Saturday, April 7 in Elora (Elora Community Centre)

London vs Elora 10:00 AM
Point Edward vs Wilmot 11:30 AM
Owen Sound vs London 1:00 PM
Point Edward vs Elora 2:30 PM
Wilmot vs Owen Sound 4:00 PM
London vs Point Edward 5:30 PM
Owen Sound vs Elora 7:00 PM

Saturday, April 7 in Hampton (Darlington Sports Centre)

 Green Gaels vs Welland 9:20 AM
Oakville vs Wallaceburg 11:30 AM
Welland vs Oakville 2:40 PM
Wallaceburg vs Green Gaels 4:50 PM

Saturday, April 14 in Orangeville

Orangeville vs Newmarket 9:00 AM
Owen Sound vs Brampton 10:45 AM
Windsor vs Oakville 12:30 PM
Elora vs Newmarket 2:15 PM
Owen Sound vs Brampton 4:00 PM
Windsor vs Elora 5:45 PM
Orangeville vs Oakville 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 21 in Gloucester

Gloucester vs Nepean 9:30 AM
Kahnawake vs Akwesasne 10:45 AM
Gloucester vs Kahnawake 12:30 PM
Akwesasne vs Nepean 1:45 PM
Nepean vs Kahnawake 3:30 PM
Gloucester vs Akwesasne 4:45 PM
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WATCH: Preseason Hype Video

The Guelph Jr B Regals are excited to release a preseason hype video, created by Ward 1 Studios.

Part of Ward 1 Studios’ new One Community program, the crew and the Regals teamed up to create a unique and exciting video to get players and fans looking forward to the 2018 season.

The video was shot over 2 days in locations in Guelph and Kitchener.

The team would like to give a big thank you to Ward 1 Studios and Moves Fitness – both in Guelph – for their time and contributions to making this video a success!

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2018 Coaching Staff Announced

The Guelph Jr B Regals Lacrosse Club announced the Coaching Staff for the 2018 season on Thursday afternoon:

Head Coach: Ken Hastie

Assistant Coach: Lewis White

Assistant Coach: Jay Martin

Goalie Coach: Blair Hastie

Leading the charge behind the bench is Ken Hastie. Hastie returned to the Jr B Regals for his second stint with the club midway through the 2017 season. Hastie was last with the Regals in the 2011 season when he served as the team’s General Manager and Assistant Coach.

Also back for the 2018 season is Lewis White. A Guelph Minor Lacrosse Association and Guelph Jr B graduate, White will be helping the offence once again in the upcoming season.

New to the Jr B Coaching Staff for 2018 is Assistant Jay Martin, as well as Blair Hastie, who will be overseeing the development of the team’s goaltenders.

Martin joins the Regals with a wealth of coaching experience at the Junior and Minor levels. Most recently, Martin was head coach of the 2017 Guelph Midget team, guiding them to a 4th place finish in the “A” division. Before that, he coached Jr B in Elora and Guelph.

Blair Hastie, a goalie himself, is the brother of Ken and will be the first full-time Goalie Coach the team has had since 2011.

The entire Coaching Staff and Management Team is looking forward to what is shaping up to be a promising 2018 season.

The team will be holding various events during the off-season in preparation for the upcoming season.

Follow the Jr B Regals social media accounts for the latest news!

www.facebook.com/guelphjrbregals

www.twitter.com/guelphjrbregals

www.instagram.com/guelphjrbregals

Regals To Host Development Camp December 27

The Guelph Jr B Regals Lacrosse Club are excited to announce that they will be holding a Winter Development Camp on Wednesday, December 27 from 6-9 PM at Queensmount Arena in Kitchener.

Any players interested in furthering their lacrosse careers at the Jr level and/or playing Jr B in Guelph in 2018 are highly encouraged to attend. If you are interested in attending and live in a centre outside of Guelph, you will need to bring a Permission To Run letter with you.

The club will also be holding a Player & Parent Orientation for those who are looking to learn more about Junior Lacrosse, the options players have, team expectations, and meet the coaching staff.

6 – 7 PM – Player/Parent Orientation

7-9 PM – Development Camp

Any interested players in attending or have questions, please contact Matt Pelkey at pelks19@yahoo.ca. There is a $5 cost for players attending.

We looking forward to seeing everyone out!

2018 Camp & Regular Season Schedule

The Jr B Regals announced their 2018 Training Camp dates and Regular Season schedule earlier this month.

Returning to Victoria Road Arena – the Regals’ home rink since the 1992 season – after major renovations, the Regals will kick off the 2018 regular season campaign against the rival Elora Mohawks on Friday, April 20.

Guelph hits the road for a season-long five-game road swing from April 27 to May 6. However, the team will play five of their six June games at home, finishing the season on Sunday, June 17 against the visiting Windsor Clippers.

The Regals kick officially kick off the 2018 season when they hit the floor on Sunday, March 4 at Queensmount Arena in Kitchener for the team’s 27th Training Camp.

Here are the camp dates:

March 4th – 3 to 5 pm
March 11th – 12 to 2 pm
March 17th – 2 to 4 pm
March 24th – 10 am to 12 pm
April 7 – All Day Tournament (hosted in St. Catharines)

Any players attending from a centre outside of Guelph must bring a permission to run letter. Each run is $10 per session.

If you have any questions, please contact the club.

2018 Schedule

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Regals Run to First Win of 2017

By Rob Massey

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE – The losing streak is over.

The Regals scored five times in the first 7.5 minutes of the game and ran to their first win of the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League season Sunday afternoon, a 16-6 win over the Niagara Thunderhawks at the Meridian Credit Union Arena.

The Regals, who had a long, soul-searching talk after a one-sided loss to the Elora Mohawks Friday night at the Sleeman Centre, led Niagara 5-4 at the end of the first period and 10-5 after the second.

For the full story by Rob Massey, click here.

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Speed, Aggression a focus for Regals

By Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal

KITCHENER – The Guelph Regals figure on being a young squad in this Ontario junior B lacrosse league season and they hope to use that youth to increase their speed and aggression.

“We’re going to have a young team and be fast and aggressive and exciting,” coach Keith Begley said following Saturday’s training camp session at Queensmount Arena. “They’re all very energetic and they want to be here. That’s one of the biggest hurdles for a coach, having kids that want to play. If you’ve got that, you can work with them. If not, it’s a lot different.”

Read the entire article by Rob Massey on the Guelph Sports Journal here.

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Regals To Play 8 Games At Sleeman Centre, 2 At West End

As the construction of Victoria Road Arena continues to take place, the Guelph Jr B Regals found themselves looking for a home for the second consecutive summer.

After playing in Cambridge at Galt Arena Gardens for the 2016 season with the mindset that Victoria Road Arena would be open for the 2017 lacrosse season, the Regals are glad to be back in their hometown.

“We are ecstatic to be back playing in Guelph,” said Regals General Manager Matt Pelkey.

“Our experience in Cambridge was great last year and they treated us very well, but it was tough to be outside of Guelph. Our Board worked extremely hard to get this team back in town after we found out that the renovations at Victoria Road were going to take longer than initially expected,” Pelkey said.

Renovations to the Regals’ home arena at Victoria Road were originally planned to be complete in May of this year. However, changes happened over the winter and the first floor booking at the arena was pushed back to July 2, well after the Junior B lacrosse regular season will have concluded.

That left the Jr B Regals once again searching for a place to play.

“There were times we thought we may have to leave Guelph again for the summer, but our Board was awesome and the City of Guelph helped us out a lot with finding floor time here. We’re absolutely thrilled to be back home.”

With floor hockey, roller derby and minor lacrosse all competing for floor time, it was tough to find needed floor time for the Jr B Regals. Then, the team finally reached a deal with the Sleeman Centre that will allow for the team to play its regular season and playoff home games at in addition to practices.

Due to previously-scheduled events, the Jr B Regals will not play their first game at the Sleeman Centre until May 12, their third home contest of the season, when they host the Elora Mohawks. The first two regular season games – against Owen Sound on April 30 and Orangeville on May 7 – will be played at West End Recreation Centre.

Below is the 2017 Regular Season Home Schedule:

Sun. April 30 – vs Owen Sound – 3:00 PM – West End

Sun. May 7 – vs Orangeville – 7:00 PM – West End

Fri. May 12 – vs Elora – 8:00 PM – Sleeman Centre

Fri. May 19 – vs Orangeville – 8:00 PM – Sleeman Centre

Fri. May 26 – vs St. Catharines – 8:00 PM – Sleeman Centre

Sun. May 28 – vs Welland – 7:00 PM –  Sleeman Centre

Wed. June 7 – vs Pt. Edward – 8:00 PM – Sleeman Centre

Sun. June 11 – vs Six Nations – 7:00 PM – Sleeman Centre

Fri. June 16 – vs Elora – 8:00 PM – Sleeman Centre

Sun. June 18 – vs Wallaceburg – 4:00 PM – Sleeman Centre

The Jr B Regals kick off the 2017 season on Saturday, April 15 when they visit the Elora Mohawks. Game time is slated for 7:00 PM.