Knighthawks Unveil Plans for Jr. Knighthawks Program

June 12, 2019 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Rochester Knighthawks News Release

(Rochester, NY) - The Rochester Knighthawks announced today the launch of their Jr. Knighthawks youth box lacrosse program. Establishing the junior teams serves as the first community initiative for the Knighthawks, who recently unveiled their logo and colors at their brand launch.

"The Knighthawks organization understands the importance of youth lacrosse development and will be working with youth programs throughout the Rochester area to lend our knowledge and expertise of the game of lacrosse," said Knighthawks General Manager and Vice President of Lacrosse Operations Dan Carey. "This will be the first opportunity for us and our players to give back to the lacrosse community."

Playing for the Jr. Knighthawks offers kids the opportunity to represent their favorite National Lacrosse League team against some of the best competition in the United States and Canada. Teams will be coached by former Knighthawk and current NLL player Brad Gillies, Knighthawks alum Ron Cogan and box lacrosse expert Cory Holbrough, with more coaches to be announced at a later date.

This season, the Jr. Knighthawks are proud to create a partnership with Gillies and USBOXLA-sanctioned Roots Box Lacrosse.

"I am extremely excited to partner with the Knighthawks this summer," said Gillies, the Roots Box Lacrosse founder and program director. "I am passionate about growing box lacrosse in the Rochester and Western New York areas. Joining forces with the Knighthawks will only help strengthen that mission. It will be a great summer program as the Jr. NLL Tournament is as good as it gets for box in North America. I can't wait to get started."

The first tryout session will be held on Monday, July 15 at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex (2700 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd.). The final session will take place on Wednesday, July 17. The tryout fee is $25 per player.

Tryout schedules are as follows:

Pee Wee (born in 2007/2008) - 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.

Bantam (born in 2005/2006) - 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Midget (born in 2003/2004) - 8:30 to 9:45 p.m.

To register for tryouts, go to

Each selected player will be required to pay a team fee of $550 to cover the cost of two tournaments and four practices, plus an additional $45 USBOXLA membership fee. Players will receive four tickets to the Knighthawks' 2019-20 home opener and a Warrior lacrosse package, which includes a game jersey, game shorts, shooting shirt, gym shorts, parent shirts and a duffel bag.

The Jr. Knighthawks will open the season by participating in the inaugural Jr. Bandits Box Lacrosse Classic. The USBOXLA-sanctioned event will take place from August 17-18 at Buffalo RiverWorks at 359 Ganson St. The event is a tune-up for the 7th Annual Jr. NLL Tournament, which will take place from August 23-25 in Oakville, Ontario. The Jr. Knighthawks will compete at the Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget levels.

For more information, fans can visit or contact Knighthawks Lacrosse Operations Manager Craig Rybczynski at (585) 448-3777.

New Season Ticket Memberships for the 2019-20 season start as low as just $16 per seat, with Loyalty Member pricing beginning at just $15 depending on seat location. Fans can take advantage of this special offer and lock in their seats with a $50 deposit per seat by July 15. For more information, visit or call 585-454-5335 and speak with a Knighthawks sales representative.

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