NLL star Pow­less joins Red Devils

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The Wal­lace­burg Red Devils have added four-time Na­tional Lacrosse League cham­pion Johnny Pow­less as an as­sis­tant coach for the 2018 sea­son.

Pow­less won the NLL cham­pi­onship last sea­son with the Georgia Swarm. He also won three straight ti­tles from 2012-14 with the Rochester Knighthawks.

His younger brother, Sid, played for the Red Devils this year in the On­tario Jr. ‘B’ Lacrosse League.

Pow­less won the 2014 Minto Cup – the Cana­dian ju­nior ‘A’ cham­pi­onship – play­ing with cur­rent Red Devils as­sis­tant coach Jor­dan Durston on the Six Na­tions Ar­rows.

“Johnny wants to get down here and get work­ing on 2018 as soon as pos­si­ble,” Red Devils coach Justin Durston said in a news re­lease. “He wants to work with the of­fence and get them all un­der the same page. He’s not only a win­ner but he is very well-re­spected and Johnny will bring an abun­dance of knowl­edge to our sys­tem.”

Pow­less has 318 points in 95 reg­u­lar-sea­son games dur­ing six NLL sea­sons.

The 24-year-old from Six Na­tions had a ca­reer-high 72 points in 18 games with the Swarm in 2016. He had 50 points in 10 games in 2017.

Pow­less is join­ing a Red Devils coach­ing staff that also in­cludes Jamie Knight.

“It not only af­fects the Red Devils but it is huge for our en­tire org, in­clud­ing mi­nor, to have such an amaz­ing tal­ent want­ing to come here to coach,” Justin Durston said. “We are truly lucky to have him.”

Award for lacrosse al­liance

The Wal­lace­burg Lacrosse Al­liance won the Pro­mo­tion and De­vel­op­ment Award at the On­tario Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing Satur­day in Ni­a­gara Falls.

The award goes to the as­so­ci­a­tion which has done the most to pro­mote and de­velop the sport in its area and across the prov­ince.

The al­liance brings to­gether Wal­lace­burg mi­nor lacrosse and the Red Devils ju­nior ‘B’ team.

It has of­fered more than 260 hours of free camps to more than 400 play­ers in ChathamKent, Walpole Is­land and the Delaware Na­tion since re­ceiv­ing an On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion grant in April 2016.

“I be­lieve that we are suc­cess­ful be­cause the Red Devil play­ers and coaches sup­port mi­nor lacrosse and are ea­ger to give back at camps and in turn the young lacrosse play­ers go to Red Devil games and cheer on their team,” Knight said in a news re­lease.

“We started run­ning win­ter camps in 2011 and now we of­fer free camps in the sum­mer and fall as well. We pro­vide sticks and have amaz­ing coaches that are ea­ger to share the game and we are will­ing to bring the game to your com­mu­nity.”

STU­ART GRADON/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

New Wal­lace­burg Red Devils as­sis­tant coach Johnny Pow­less, left, plays for the Rochester Knighthawks in a Na­tional Lacrosse League game against the Cal­gary Rough­necks in 2012.

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