Tim­ber­men take Bragg with 1st Arena Lacrosse League pick

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - EX­AM­INER STAFF

The Peter­bor­ough Tim­ber­men of the Arena Lacrosse League picked Justin Bragg, a lefty tran­si­tion player out of the Clar­ing­ton Green Gaels Jr. B, with their first pick at the league’s an­nual com­bine and draft held Satur­day at Chil­dren’s Arena in Oshawa.

“Justin was the best player on the floor at the com­bine to­day and we’re thrilled we were able to get him when we did,” stated head coach and gen­eral man­ager Joe Sul­li­van.

He was taken in the se­cond round and Tim­ber­men of­fi­cials con­sider it to be the steal of the draft.

“Just com­ing out of ju­nior lacrosse I am very ex­cited that I was se­lected early in the draft,” Bragg stated.

“My ex­pec­ta­tions com­ing into my first year of ALL lacrosse are be­ing able to help out the de­fen­sive side of the floor with my ag­gres­sive play and my abil­ity to tran­si­tion the ball up the floor with my speed and skill.”

The Tim­ber­men are count­ing on his tran­si­tion abil­ity to help re­place Doug Utting who is likely to crack the Rochester Knighthawk­s’ ros­ter.

The Tim­ber­men also drafted cur­rent Peter­bor­ough Jr. A Lak­ers goal­tender Lan­don Kells, who was also se­lected by the NLL’s Calgary Rough­necks after a great sum­mer sea­son that saw him serve as Mike Poulin’s backup for the Peter­bor­ough Lak­ers for the whole Mann Cup se­ries.

Other lo­cal play­ers in­cluded for­mer Jr. A Lak­ers Carter Badour and Jor­dan Hendrycks as well as Peter­bor­ough na­tives Tyler Gran­del and Aaron Bradshaw. Gran­del has spent time with both the Jr. A and C Lak­ers and played as a call-up for the Tim­ber­men last sea­son while he was with the ALL’s U-22 team.

“We picked a lot of tal­ented play­ers who want to play for us,” Sul­li­van stated. “It will be a great train­ing camp to de­cide on our fi­nal ros­ter.”

The Tim­ber­men open their 2020 ALL 14-game sea­son in Mill­brook on Dec. 21 against the Steel­hawks.

Tick­ets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for chil­dren un­der 14.

Here is the full Tim­ber­men draft list (pick num­ber, round, name, po­si­tion, home­town, pre­vi­ous team):

> 13 2 Justin Bragg, tran­si­tion, Oshawa, Clar­ing­ton Jr. B

> 20 3 Lu­cas Fer­reira, of­fence, Bramp­ton, Bramp­ton Jr. B

> 27 4 Carter Badour, tran­si­tion, Ottawa, Peter­bor­ough Jr. A

> 34 5 Lan­don Kells, goal­tender, Fer­gus, Peter­bor­ough Jr. A

> 41 6 Troi Bene­dict, goal­tender, Ak­we­sasne, Ak­we­sasne Jr. B

> 48 7 Mitchell Ge­of­froy, of­fence, St. Catharines, Wel­land Jr. B

> 55 8 Henry Chap­man of­fence, White Plains, N.Y., Cani­sius (NCAA)

> 60 9 Jeff Ged­dis, de­fence, Fair­port, N.Y., Shenan­doah (NCAA)

> 62 9 Tyler Gran­del, tran­si­tion, Peter­bor­ough, Peter­bor­ough Jr. A

> 69 10 Todd Chap­man, de­fence, Ottawa, Ottawa Sr. B

> 76 11 Scott Tay­lor, de­fence, Kanata, Ottawa Sr. B

> 83 12 Jor­dan Hendrycks, tran­si­tion, Ottawa, Peter­bor­ough Jr. A

> 90 13 An­drew De­silva, de­fence, Hol­lis­ter, Calif., Trent Ex­cal­ibur

> 97 14 Aaron Bradshaw, of­fence, Ca­van, Peter­bor­ough Jr. C

> 104 15 Scott Ed­wards, tran­si­tion, Bramp­ton, Bramp­ton Jr. B

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