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b>The Boston Blazers
They are an indoor lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League. The Blazers are based in Boston, Massachusetts, and were scheduled to begin play in the 2008 NLL season. However, on October 15, 2007, the NLL announced the cancellation of the 2008 season due to disagreements. The team is owned by Tim Armstrong, President of Advertising and Commerce for Google. NLL veteran Tom Ryan will serve as the team's first head coach.The team is not associated with the former Boston Blazers, who played in the NLL from 1992 to 1997. History of Professional Indoor Lacrosse in Boston Professional indoor lacrosse first came to Boston in 1992 when the Major Indoor Lacrosse League's New England Blazers relocated to the Boston Garden from the Worcester Centrum. The New England Blazers, formed in 1989, were renamed the Boston Blazers and played in Beantown until 1997. The Blazers called the Fleet Center home in 1996-97 and made four playoff appearances in six seasons in the Hub.On May 9, 2007 when the league announced it had awarded a team to owner Tim Armstrong. The Blazers begin play in January 2008.
Boston Blazers Return:
The Boston Blazers today return to the National Lacrosse League. The Blazers begin their inaugural season in January 2008 at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Blazers face-off against the New York Titans on Jan. 19 in their home opener. The Philadelphia Wings, Toronto Rock, Minnesota Swarm, Rochester Knighthawks, Portland LumberJax, Buffalo Bandits and Chicago Shamrox also battle the Blazers at the Garden in a 16-game regular season.
Team officials also announced that Blazers group, individual and season tickets are available by calling 1-888-TIX-BLAZ (849-2529) or visiting www.blazerslacrosse.com. Tickets are $75, $50, $40, $35, $20 and $10 and are also available at the TD Banknorth Garden Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.The thirst for an NLL franchise in Boston was finally satisfied on May 9, 2007 when the league announced it had awarded a team to Armstrong. The team that day also announced former NLL star and former Boston Blazers standout Tom Ryan as head coach.While the Blazers name may be familiar the logo is certainly not. The new Blazers logo features a lacrosse player's darkened silhouette next to a red flame that blazes from the team's name. The Blazers also introduced the "Blazer B," a red capitalized "B" with flames shooting out from the top. The Blazers team colors are red and white.
Comments from Blazers Head Coach Tom Ryan
Blazers Head Coach Tom Ryan, who won an NLL title, while playing for Philadelphia "Boston is a great sports town and we know its fans expect championships," said. "We are assembling a balanced roster of veterans and young players that should translate into an exciting brand of lacrosse. Our goal is to be competitive and play hard in every game."Ryan played nine years in the NLL and amassed 202 total career points. He coached the U.S. Indoor Lacrosse team in the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships and has assembled a Blazers roster that includes Marshfield, Mass. native Sean Morris and Patrick Merrill, the Blazers' No. 1 overall pick from Toronto in the 2007 Expansion Draft. Merrill boasts 435 face-off wins, which ranks 17th on the all-time NLL list.
The 1975 Boston Bolts were the first professional indoor lacrosse team to play in Boston. In 1992, Major Indoor Lacrosse League's New England Blazers relocated to the Boston Garden from the Worcester Centrum. The New England Blazers, formed in 1989, were renamed the Boston Blazers and played in Beantown until 1997. The Blazers called the Fleet Center home in 1996-97 and made four playoff appearances in six seasons in the Hub.Blazers Home GamesThere will be 3,941 days between the Blazers' last game played and their first game of 2008 on Jan. 12 at Edmonton. More than 3,950 days will have passed between Blazers home games.