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Regals Name Assistants To Round Out 2019 Coaching Staff

The Guelph Jr. B Regals are excited to announce the rest of its coaching staff for the 2019 season.

Joining the club are Dilan Graham, Peter Pavlinich, and Craig Wende. Graham takes over as the team’s Defensive Coordinator while Pavlinich will be in charge of the Offence. Both will assist Head Coach Al Burton on the bench for the upcoming season while Wende will help the Regals goaltenders throughout the season as a goaltending consultant.

Dilan Graham - Toronto Beaches

Graham joins Guelph with many years of playing experience. Before being drafted 37th overall by the Boston Blazers in the 2008 NLL Entry Draft, Graham played 4 years of Junior A for the Toronto Beaches, where he served as team captain in his final season. He went on to play Major in the summer for 6 seasons with the Brooklin Redmen and Ajax-Pickering/Oakville Rock, captaining the team its final season in Ajax before relocating to Oakville, as well as playing stints in CLax and the NLL. Graham also played 4 years of NCAA D1 Lacrosse at Bellarmine University and won a CUFLA Championship with Brock University. Since exiting the game as a player, Graham has focused his attention on coaching where he was an assistant with Toronto (Junior A), London (Junior B), Toronto Minor Lacrosse and the EDGE Field Lacrosse program.

Pavlinich comes to the Regals with decades of lacrosse experience under his belt. Beginning at the age of 5, Pavlinich played Minor Lacrosse in Kitchener before graduating to play 2 years of Junior B in Kitchener and 3 years of Junior A in Elora. After his junior career ended he played Senior with the Fergus Thistles, where he was a member of a pair of teams that won the Presidents’ Cup. Pavlinich began coaching Minor Lacrosse once his playing career ended and has been doing so for nearly 25 years.

Wende will help coach the team’s goaltenders during Training Camp as well as at practices throughout the season. Wende, who is currently a goalie on the Georgia Swarm (NLL) practice roster, has more than 20 years of playing experience across all levels. He recently won the Ontario Sr. B Lacrosse League’s Goaltender of the Year Award in addition to being named to an All-Star team at the 2018 Presidents’ Cup Tournament in Nanaimo, B.C.

The Regals open the 2019 season on Thursday, April 25 when the defending Founders Cup Champion Elora Mohawks visit the Royal City. Game time is slated for 8:00 PM at Victoria Road Arena.

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Burton Takes Over Coaching Duties

The Guelph Jr. B Regals Lacrosse Club announced on Wednesday that Al Burton will be taking over the team’s Head Coaching duties for the 2019 season.

Burton will take over behind the bench after previous head coach Ken Hastie and the club mutually agreed to part ways at the conclusion of the season. The organization would like to thank Ken for his dedication over the past 1.5 seasons and wish him the best moving forward.

Burton takes the reigns with over 35 years of coaching experience across all levels of lacrosse. His coaching journey has seen him behind the bench at Major, Sr. B, Jr. B, and Jr. A.

He was most recently the head coach of the Oakville Buzz Jr. B team in 2016 and 2017 before stepping down for work commitments in 2018. Burton works in Guelph and could not make the full commitment back to Oakville for the 2018 season; however, Burton is now fully committed to the Regals.

“I’m highly committed to getting the team back on track and playing the right way,” Burton said.

“We want to ensure that all players are being held accountable. I’m not coming in with a hard line disciplinary approach, but it’s a highly motivated, firm but fair approach. My philosophy is to ensure that everyone is competing hard for positions, whether it’s a veteran or rookie. Everyone in the league is in first place on the first day of camp.”

In his 2 seasons with Oakville, Burton compiled a 26-13-1 regular season record before falling in the East Finals in 2016 and East Semi-Finals in 2017 – both in the 5th and deciding game – to the eventual Conference Champion Green Gaels.

The organization was sold on Al in their first meeting.

“Al is a stand-up guy,” said Regals General Manager Matt Pelkey. “We met with him for about 3 hours and just talked about everything. Lacrosse, life, you name it. He’s a well-decorated coach who has seen it all, but more importantly, he’s a solid person.”

“I played for Al in Senior B and you’re always going to know where you stand with him and he really preaches everything you’d want in a coach. He knows the game inside and out. He’s good with the players, someone you can talk to about anything, but is all business once he gets on that bench. He wants to win and wants to do it the right way. He’s a big preacher of trust, commitment, and accountability.”

“We could not be more excited to bring a guy like Al on board to lead this group back to the playoffs and to being competitive.”

The club is currently rounding out its coaching staff.

The 2019 regular season schedule will be released in January along with Training Camp details.

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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.

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