The Victoria Shamrocks are stocking up on talent to take another run at the Western Lacrosse Association regular-season title and potentially the Mann Cup – the Holy Grail in the game of boxla in Canada. Two recent announcements fill the speed, finesse and power quotients.
It was announced recently, that Oakville Rock player, Rob Hellyer, will be joining the team. The 25-year-old native of Lion’s Head, Ontario, is one of the top offensive players in lacrosse.
The 5’8” 180-pound right-hander finished the 2018 National Lacrosse League regular season in sixth position in the scoring race where he filled the opposition nets with 30 goals and 63 assists for 93 points in 18 games played with the Rock. In 89 career games, Hellyer has scored 154 goals and added 278 assists for 431 points.
He will be the tonic, for the loss of the uber-offensive Corey Small, who traded in the BC lifestyle for his hometown in Ontario. He finished his NLL season 18th in league scoring with 28 goals, 49 assists for 77 regular season points.
The latest Shamrocks signing announces the return of Victoria’s Jesse King, who was felled by injury during Game 3 on Aug. 12, 2016, against the Burnaby Lakers. He injured his leg while scoring a spectacular goal, tearing his ACL, MCL and meniscus.
The 25-year old native of Victoria is widely recognized as one of the best all-around players in lacrosse today. He was a key part of the Shamrocks 2015 Mann Cup championship. The 6’3” 200-pound lefthander racked up 224 points with 99 goals and 125 assists in 61 career games with the Shamrocks before suffering the injury.
“I feel great,” said King. “We have a great batch of core guys who call Victoria their home now, mixed in with some guys who have heard about the amazing experience playing for the green and white. We’re going to have a good mix of veterans and young guys who are hungry.”
King and his younger brother Marshal, who plays for the junior Shamrocks, grew up watching the Shamrocks at The Q Centre in Colwood.
“Nothing makes me happier than being able to play the sport I love in front of those closest to me. Playing for the Shamrocks again allows that, and for that, I am grateful to them.”
As for his injuries, he stated simply, “All is good.”
“We always have a goal of winning the west,” Said the Ohio State Buckeye alumnus. “We’re a team who always expects to come out on top. Saying that, it’s important to take the season one game at a time, we won’t have our whole team back until mid-June probably and that will give some young guys some experience as well.”