Nov 2, 2020
lax experts Dave Coleman and Steve Holroyd ("Two for the Show") return to help us dig
deeper into the largely untold story of the original National
Lacrosse League - the seminal mid-70s indoor circuit that helped
lay the groundwork for modern-day professionalization of one of
North America's oldest organized sports.
conceived by NHL hockey owners as a means of filling their arenas
in the off-season summer months, the NLL consisted of six clubs in
each of its 1974 (Maryland Arrows, Montreal Quebecois, Philadelphia
Wings, Rochester Griffins, Syracuse Stingers, Toronto Tomahawks)
and 1975 (Maryland, Montreal, Philadelphia - and the relocated Long
Island Tomahawks, Quebec Caribous, and Boston Bolts)
sizable crowds flocked to
the league's fast-paced, rough-and-tumble summertime box lacrosse
Philadelphia, suburban DC's Landover, Maryland, and Montreal - the
NLL's other franchises found the going much
When it came
time for a planned third season in 1976, however, three of the
league's six clubs were already bankrupt, and the Quebecois were
rendered homeless by the Montreal Summer Olympics, which had
annexed the Forum as its boxing venue.
not be another professional lacrosse league in North America until
the birth of the Eagle Pro Box League in January 1987 - the
precursor to today's NLL.