National Lacrosse League: Ten Things to Know For Week 2

Eight Local Broadcasts Supplement NLL Game of the Week on TSN, NLL Saturday Showcase; Bandits Begin Title Defense across I-90 at Albany
Brandon Robinson (credit: NLL)
Brandon Robinson (credit: NLL)
PHILADELPHIA - Dec. 7, 2023 - PRLog -- The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the largest and most successful professional lacrosse property in the world, is coming off a successful "NLL Faceoff Weekend," with five games over two days. The five teams that did not compete last week are among those in action, including the defending champion Buffalo Bandits, who begin the campaign across I-90 at the Albany FireWolves.

Here are 10 things to know about the NLL entering Week 2:
  • TV Time: Local markets continue their strong connections with NLL teams, as eight local broadcasts will complement the ESPN+ and TSN+ broadcast of games this week, alongside the NLL Game of the Week on TSN.
  • Radio Row: Also on the broadcast front, the Rochester Knighthawks renewed their broadcast agreement with iHeartMedia, keeping the team on the FM dial there. Craig Rybczynski returns for his 22nd season calling NLL games.
  • Here Comes the Metric System:'s content team has been busy with numerous features every week. This week marked the debut of a new feature, "LAXMetrics," an innovative data approach to better understand the league.'s Cooper Perkins breaks down the Roughnecks and Knighthawks game here (
  • Del Bianco Loves Kids: Calgary Roughnecks goaltender Christian Del Bianco (Coquitlam, B.C.), in partnership with Ascent Consulting Ltd, today launched his Assists for Kids program supporting KidSport ( Since its inception in 2018-19, the program has raised over $38,000 for youth sport programs in Alberta.
  • Robinson Gives Back: Buffalo's Brandon Robinson (Pickering, Ont.) is launching a new initiative this year partnering with Morgan's Message (, a foundation that strives to aid those with mental health issues. He will donate $1 for every goal scored across the entire NLL over this season. Fans can support here ($1%20for%20every%20goal%20scored%20across%20the%20entire%20NLL%20over%20this%20next%20season).
  • Beer Here: Three Heads Brewing has unveiled a new Knighthawk Hazy IPA, just in time for the 2023-24 season. The local brewery debuted the new beer.
  • The College Try: The U.S. colleges with the most active players in the league on opening day rosters are Robert Morris (15), Ohio State (12), RIT (11) and Denver (11). Top Canadian schools are Guelph (8) and Brock (6).
  • Put Me In, Coach: Three active NLL coaches are among the six all-time winningest mentors: Ed Comeau of Georgia (2nd, 122 wins), Paul Day of Philadelphia (4th, 113 wins) and Mike Hasen of Rochester (6th, 98 wins). They have a way to go to catch Derek Keenan, who won 155 games.

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