Peterborough Lakers
  • Hope new captain
  • Dickson returning
  • Repairs to PMC

Robert Hope new Lakers' captain


May 10, 2017


by Anna Taylor


PETERBOROUGH – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to congratulate retiring captain Scott Self and introduce new captain Robert Hope.


“There are a lot of great leaders in our room and a lot of great people who could have been picked. This is a true honour,” Hope stated at the press conference.


Hope, 25, joined the senior Lakers in 2013 after wearing an A for the junior Lakers. He quickly established himself as stable defender and the embodiment of everything a Laker should be, even playing with a broken hand during the 2016 playoffs.


“Hope is going to be great. He's a natural leader, he carries himself really well and he’s wise beyond his years. He gives an honest effort every night. I know he's got the respect of all the guys in the room and he’ll do a great job,” said Self.


General manager Paul Day said that picking Hope as the new captain was a collaborative process.


“Once we knew Scott was retiring, the staff and board got together about the next leader we wanted,” Day explained. “It was an important decision. Rob has been here five years and is already a great leader both on the floor and in the dressing room. He’s great with his teammates, communicates with referees in a positive manner and has a great reputation in the league.”


Hope was named the Lakers 2013 rookie of the year and their 2016 defenseman of the year. He’s also turned into one of the best defenders in the National Lacrosse League, suiting up for the Colorado Mammoth, where he was recently named their “teammate of the year.”


He learned his leadership techniques from years of interaction with Self. The two are both Peterborough minor grads, and incredible ambassadors for the sport and the city.


“The way Scott treats everyone with respect and the way he approaches players and different staff is admirable,” Hope said. “Also the way he played the game – never taking a shift off, leading from the back end, giving it all he had.”

Hope has learned from Self what Self learned from his captains, Jason Clarke and Mat Giles.


“From those veteran guys I learned that it wasn’t so much what I said, it was more how I carried myself. I had to walk the walk and talk the talk. They showed up to the rink and played hard every night,” Self said.


Self, 37, retires after 15 years with the Lakers. He began his senior career in Victoria in 2001 before coming home to the Lakers in 2002, where he eventually played 264 games. He was named captain in 2009 after building a reputation as one of the league’s most respected players. Self won five Mann Cups with the Lakers and four Merv McKenzie awards as the league’s top defender.


Earlier this year, Self retired from the National Lacrosse League where he won two Champion’s Cups with the Rochester Knighthawks (2013, 2014) and played in three NLL All-Star games.


He said his favourite Lakers memory, of many to choose from, was the 2004 Mann Cup win. It was his first, and the franchise’s first since 1984.


“It was a goal that we set back in 2002,” Self explained. “When Jamie Batley took over as coach, that was our three-year plan. To achieve that goal in Peterborough was amazing.”


Self has come a long way from his first season as a 22-year-old, and this will be his first summer not involved in lacrosse.


He and his girlfriend Candace are expecting their first child this summer so he won’t be lacking things to do. In addition to caring for his new son or daughter, Self will continue his day job with Canada Post as well as spending more time at his cottage with family.


“Thank you to everyone that was involved in the team from coaches to players, to my family and fans for always coming out and supporting this team,” Self said.


Hope will jump right into the fire with training camp coming up and the season starting in less than three weeks.


“We’re going to contend for the Mann Cup,” he said. “That’s our final goal each and every year. We have the team to be able to do it and we’re adding guys we protected and picked up. They’re all important pieces.”


The Lakers open their 2017 season on the road on Monday, May 29 in Oakville before hosting the Brooklin Redmen at the Peterborough Memorial Centre in their home opener on Thursday, June 1. Season tickets are on sale now. Single game tickets go on sale May 17.


Dickson returning to Lakers


March 31, 2017


PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are excited to announce that Curtis “Superman” Dickson will be “flying” into town to join the Lakers for their 2017 season.

Dickson, currently suiting up for the NLL’s Calgary Roughnecks, played with the Lakers in 2015 after his rights were acquired from the WLA’s Maple Ridge Burrards. He made an immediate impact on the Lakers lineup and became a fan favourite with his gravity-defying goals and emotional play.


Dickson intended to play with the Lakers in 2016 but suffered a sports hernia late in the NLL season that wasn’t discovered until June. It kept him out of action for the whole summer. The Lakers are glad to have Dickson back as they once again prepare to face stiff competition from the Mann Cup champion Six Nations Chiefs in the MSL final. The Lakers lost to the Chiefs in game seven last season. Dickson brings an intangible that is immeasurable in big games.


“We are very excited to have him back living in the community,” said Lakers GM Paul Day. “He makes our team better, gives our players more room on the floor and makes Major Series Lacrosse more entertaining for all the fans. We were disappointed last year when he wasn't able to return. I worked hard with Maple Ridge when the season was over in the fall to retain his rights.”


Dickson’s 2015 MSL accomplishments:


    • Finished second on the Lakers in regular season scoring (75 points)
    • Finished fourth in the league in regular season scoring
    • Third in goals during the regular season (37)
    • Second in points during the MSL playoffs (49 points)
    • First in goals during the MSL playoffs (24)
    • Led with 18 points in six Mann Cup games (10G/8A)
    • Led the Lakers with 46 shots in the Mann Cup



The Burrards are the defending WLA champions. Dickson’s choice to come back to Peterborough speaks volumes about his love for the team.




“I’m so excited to be back in Peterborough for another summer,” Dickson said. “Unfortunately an injury kept me out last summer when I was really looking forward to getting another shot at the Mann Cup. Peterborough is second to none when it comes to summer lacrosse and I can’t wait to get back playing with the guys.”


Dickson is currently tied for the scoring lead the NLL in goals with 82 points including 39 goals and 43 assists.


Season tickets are on sale at the Memorial Centre box office now. The Lakers open their season on Monday, May 29 in Oakville before their home opener on Thursday, June 1st vs the Brooklin Redmen.


Peterborough Lakers’ 2018 season and City recommendations to repair Memorial Centre floor


February 24, 2017


It has been less than two weeks since the Peterborough Lakers were given some much needed and appreciated financial assistance from the City of Peterborough. The news today leaves the Lakers board shocked that there may be no Lakers lacrosse season in 2018 in Peterborough because of recommendations released today about floor and ice making equipment repairs at the Memorial Centre.


The Lakers heard Peterborough council itself state that to lose either the Lakers or the Petes would be a tremendous blow to the city. The news today suggests that losing the Lakers is a real possibility in the very near future. The Lakers believe, based on the Petes comments to council on their economic benefit to the city, that the Lakers infuse about 4-5 million dollars into the city economy with their Major Series Lacrosse events. That is a huge loss for the city and local businesses; it is not just a loss for the Lakers.


The loss of the season in Peterborough is also a great loss for our minor lacrosse leagues and the junior team that also play out of the Memorial Centre. 2018 is also a year when the Mann Cup is in the east so even if we are able to play somewhere and do win, it is a good possibility that Peterborough would miss hosting the national championship.


The Lakers at this time are focused on the upcoming season and hope that 2018 doesn’t become a distraction to bringing the Mann Cup home from a western final in September. It will be the goal of every team official to keep our players focused on the championship for this year.


However, the effects of not having a 2018 season at the Memorial Centre will require some major planning and adjustments to budget revenues and costs. The possibilities of having our season run out of another venue: Oshawa, Pickering or maybe even Bellville to name a few, will have a significant impact on our fan base and travel expenses. The Lakers also believe that there will certainly be an effect on our ability to keep sponsors. Our fans and sponsors have always been loyal and the backbone of our revenues. A significant loss to either of these supports could make the team unsustainable.


New arrangements must be made well in advance, so if the final decision of city council is to go ahead with the planned repairs we will have to move quickly to secure a venue. We are unsure of what the MSL will allow us to do so they too will have to be consulted on whatever arrangements we can make. The city report does say that the city will provide the Lakers with some assistance in finding an alternate venue.


The Lakers' board has yet to have a full board meeting to discuss the implications in detail. When you get news like this, people want to know what is going to happen. Besides the first thoughts and challenges that go through our minds, there still needs to be some calm and reason to sit back and find a solution. The Lakers board promises to act in the best interest of our fans and will strive to carry on Peterborough’s tradition of producing great lacrosse championship teams and players!


City of Peterborough Report CPPS17-008

City of Peterborough Report CPPS17-011









acquire Buchanan


April 27, 2017


PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are pleased to announced they have acquired forward Kyle Buchanan from the Brampton Excelsiors.


The 29-year-old from Nepean played three games for the Brooklin Redmen in 2016 before being traded to Brampton, but did not suit up for them. He has not played in the MSL full-time since 2011. In 2012, he won the Sr. B President’s Cup with the St. Regis Braves.


What attracted the Lakers to Buchanan was not only his ability to score goals, but rather his ability to create opportunities for his teammates.


“We have lots of guys who score but we need more off-ball players,” Lakers general manager Paul Day said. “Kyle is a great leader who excels without the ball and is a player that gets the offense multiple possessions with his work for loose balls.”


Buchanan currently plays for the NLL’s New England Black Wolves alongside Lakers teammates Chad Culp, Evan Kirk and 2016 MVP Shawn Evans. He’s not the biggest guy on the floor at 5’8 and 165 lbs. but Buchanan has 30 goals and 35 assists and is fourth on the Black Wolves in scoring. He is a solid contributor, scoring at least 59 points in each of his last four seasons.


“I’m excited to go to an organization that year after year has a chance at the Mann Cup. There are a lot of familiar faces on the team. I’ve been with Evans for a couple of years in New England and we have a good relationship on and off the floor and that will help us be successful. Evans has a pedigree for winning.”


Buchanan was drafted to the junior A Lakers and played a few games for them in 2004, but he's looking forward to seeing the crowds at the senior games.


“I’ve been on the opposite side. I know how jammed it is with people that know and respect the game. I’m super excited to get in front of that crowd and contribute to bringing a Mann Cup to Peterborough.”

Tracey Kelusky coaches Buchanan in New England, so is familiar with what he can bring to the Lakers.


“Kyle is a huge pick up for us,” Kelusky said. “He’s a gritty player who makes everyone around him better by not only contributing in points but equally importantly by gaining possessions and helping the overall motion of our offense. He has a very high lacrosse IQ and adds a valuable piece to our group.”


The trade is pending league approval, but the Lakers will send picks and future considerations to Brampton in exchange for Buchanan.





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