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2007 Schedule

Friday Jan 4th Sting home opener
Saturday Jan 12th at Colorado
Friday January 18th home game
Thursday January 24th @ Portland
Saturday January 26th @ Rochester
Saturday Feb. 2nd @ Edmonton
Friday Feb. 8th @ Calgary
Sunday Feb. 17th @ home
Friday Feb. 29th @ home
Saturday March 8th @ Calgary
Friday March 21st @ Home
Saturday March 29th @ Home
Saturday April 5th @ Portland
Friday April 11th @ San Jose
Saturday April 12th @ Home
Saturday April 19th @ Home Final regular season game

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NLLinsider.com announces new contest

WingsZone and NLL Insider are proud to announce our "NLL Offensive Challenge" weekly contest!  Every week we will award a prize package including a Reebok shaft, a one year subscription to Inside Lacrosse magazine, and the Lacrosse: North America‚s Game coffee table book!
 
The object of the contest is to predict which team will score the most goals for that week, and how many goals they will score.  If multiple teams score the same number of goals, the team with the higher goal differential will be considered the highest scoring team.

Go to www.nllinsider.com or www.wingszone.com for more information

ARIZONA STING SUSPEND OPERATIONS FOR 2008 SEASON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, November 2, 2007
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Sting Governor Douglas Moss announced today that the Sting has suspended its operations and will not participate in the 2008 National Lacrosse League (NLL) season.

The NLL announced the cancellation of its 2008 season on Oct. 16 after the Professional Lacrosse Players Association rejected a proposal from the league on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
 
“The lack of negotiations between the NLL and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association this summer and subsequent uncertainty negatively impacted our planning for the 2008 season,” said Moss.  “When the NLL Board of Governors cancelled the season on Oct. 16, we ceased our Arizona Sting business operations.  On Oct. 25, when the two sides came to an agreement on a new seven-year CBA, the league announced that there would be a season in 2008.  The NLL then gave all clubs an option to be placed on voluntary inactive status, whereby the team’s players could be subject to a dispersal draft. Dispersed players may be loaned to other NLL clubs for the 2008 season and returned to their original clubs in 2009.  At that time we reviewed our organization and the challenges we faced with fielding and operating a championship-caliber club both on and off the field in a reduced time frame.  After our review we made a very difficult decision to declare inactive status for the 2008 season.  
 
“We apologize to our loyal fans, partners and players, and look forward to our players returning to our roster for the 2009 season.”  
 

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From the official Sting website

NATIONAL LACROSSE LEAGUE ANNOUNCES NEW
SEVEN-YEAR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT
Arizona Sting Will Play in 2008


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, October 25, 2007
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The National Lacrosse League (NLL) has announced the reaching of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Professional Lacrosse Player's Association (PLPA).  The agreement is a seven-year term that begins in 2008 and runs through the 2014 season.  The agreement marks the longest labor deal in the 22-year history of professional indoor lacrosse.  The league's previous three-year agreement with the PLPA expired following the 2007 season.
 
“The new collective bargaining agreement will allow for positive long-term growth of the NLL,” said Sting Governor Douglas Moss.  “But most importantly, the fans will not miss out on another great season of lacrosse.”
 
“We are very excited to have a new seven-year deal with the PLPA,” said Sting General Manager and Head Coach Bob Hamley.  “We’d like to apologize to our fans for the unrest over the last several weeks, but we now have the opportunity to take the NLL and the sport of lacrosse to the next level.”
"Reaching a long-term collective bargaining agreement with the players was our number one priority in this process.  We've been building positive growth in the league over the past few years.” said NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings.  
The agreement also means that professional indoor lacrosse will be played in 2008.  When a new CBA had not reached by the league's deadline last week, the 2008 season was canceled.  A new schedule for the 2008 National Lacrosse League season is expected to be announced next week.

 

For more information, visit NLL.com, the official website of the National Lacrosse League.

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Sting, NLL cancels 2008 season
The Arizona Republic
Oct. 16, 2007 09:56 AM

Arizona sports fans have one less team to root for as the Arizona Sting has shut down operations, a result of the National Lacrosse League's announcement of the cancellation of its 2008 season.

According to the league's website, the cancellation was triggered by the Professional Lacrosse Players Association's executive committee rejecting the league's last Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) proposal.

"I would like to apologize to our fans, first and foremost", said NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings in a statement. "We are deeply disappointed that the PLPA's executive committee rejected our proposal without permitting all of the players to vote on the league's final offer. The offer included annual raises for all players in each year of the contract. Our owners made the best offer they could make while maintaining a sound business model".

The Arizona Sting (9-7 last season), which hosted the first-ever sporting at the now Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, was the league's runnerup in May, losing the NLL Championship to Rochester. The Sting was also the league runnerup in 2005.

The Arizona Sting was one of 14 teams in the National Lacrosse League, which had expanded to Portland and Edmonton in 2006, and New York in 2007, had recently awarded Boston a team for the 2008 campaign.

The league, which started in 1986, consisted of the following franchises: Arizona Sting, Boston Blazers, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Chicago Shamrox, Colorado Mammoth, Edmonton Rush, Minnesota Swarm, New York Titans, Philadelphia Wings, Portland LumberJax, Rochester Knighthawks, San Jose Stealth, Toronto Rock.


Key dates in NLL history
May 12, 2007
The Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Arizona Sting, 13-11, in the 2007 NLL Championship presented by Edge Active Care at Jobing.com Arena. John Grant was named Championship Game MVP with a three goal, five assist performance. The victory marks the first time Rochester has won the title since 1997.

February 1, 2007
The NLL & SIRIUS Satellite Radio sign a multi-year broadcasting agreement that makes SIRIUS the exclusive Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NLL. SIRIUS also debuted a weekly one-hour show later in the 2007 season featuring highlights, news and analysis.

May 13, 2006
The National Lacrosse League finishes it's 20th season by setting an all-time single season attendance mark, reaching a total of 1,037,147 fans for the 2006 season, including 88 regular season games, six playoff games, the 2006 All-Star Game in Toronto, and the 2006 RBK NLL Championship Game presented by Edge Active Care. The league season average attendance was 10,804.

June 16, 2005
The league announces the establishment of the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame opens with five charter members who have made immeasurable contributions to the league and the sport of lacrosse. The five charter members are league founders Russ Cline and Chris Fritz; legendary lacrosse stars Gary Gait and Paul Gait, and the late Les Bartley, the winningest coach in league history.

May 25, 2005
The Arizona Sting defeat the Colorado Mammoth 16-13 in the franchise's first ever playoff game. The Sting would go on to advance to their first ever appearance in the Champion's Cup Final against the Toronto Rock. Colorado Mammoth veteran forwards Gary and Paul Gait played their final NLL game in the loss to the Sting. Gary scored five points (1g, 4a) and Paul scored a goal in the loss.

December 26, 2003
The Arizona Sting play their inaugural home game at the Glendale Arena in Arizona. The game becomes the first event ever held inside the new arena. The Sting defeats the Vancouver Ravens by the score of 16-12 in front of 12,789 fans.

*Information courtesy of nll.com

Conn out for season

From the NLL website
8/21/2007
Arizona Sting General Manager and Head Coach Bob Hamley announced on Tuesday that the club has placed forward Craig Conn on the Physically Unable to Perform List for the upcoming 2008 NLL season. The four-year veteran suffered a knee injury while playing summer lacrosse.

"Sting Ownership and Management are very disappointed to hear of Craig's injury playing summer lacrosse," said Hamley. "Craig has proven to be one of the NLL's superstars and one of the main reasons for the success of the Sting over the past three seasons."

Conn finished the 2007 season as Arizona's second-leading scorer with 76 points on 21 goals and 55 assists. He also ranked second on the team in loose balls (106) and penalty minutes (35) while appearing in all 16 regular season games. The St. Catherines, Ont. native also helped lead Arizona to an appearance in the Champions Cup finals as he tied for the league lead in playoff scoring with 19 points (7G, 12A).

"In light of this incident, we are deeply concerned about the lack of restrictions in off-season activities in NLL player contracts. The league needs to work to restrict such activities as playing in summer leagues," Hamley added. "We wish Craig well in his road to recovery and we know we speak for our fans when we say he will be missed this season."

Conn, who was originally drafted by Vancouver with the fourth overall pick in 2003, was acquired by Arizona in a trade with Minnesota midway through the 2005 season. In 36 career regular season games with the Sting, Conn has recorded 154 points on 71 goals and 83 assists. A two-time NLL All-Star and an All-Rookie selection in 2004, Conn has 224 points (104G, 120A) in 57 career games.

Adanacs win playoff berth

The Coquitlam Adanacs cinched the Mann cup playoff berth when they defeated the New Westminster Salmonbellies four games to zero in the WLA finals. There are six Sting players on the Adanacs, Brandon Atherton, Bruce Murray, Curt Malawsky, Andy Secore and Peter Veltman. Peter's brother Daryl is also on the Adanacs team. The Salmonbellies Mann cup hopes were no doubt hindered by the loss of one of their top scorers and another Sting player Craig Conn. Craig was injured in the Salmonbellies last semi-final game verses the Nanaimo Timbermen. Craig will be out for the entire 2008 NLL season.

 


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