San Diego newest NLL squad

Vancouver Stealth will soon have a California rival as National Lacrosse League announces expansion plans

The Vancouver Stealth will soon have a new foe with San Diego set to become the 10th team in the National Lacrosse League.

The yet-to-be named team will begin play in December 2018 and will use the Valley View Casino Center as their home venue.

The San Diego squad is owned by Joseph Tsai — a 53-year-old businessman and former member of the Yale University lacrosse team — and will operate under Tsai Sports & Entertainment.

“I have a strong passion for lacrosse and look forward to bringing the NLL to San Diego,” Tsai said in a press release on Wednesday (Aug. 30).

“Our team is committed to creating a fan-first experience and to being an integral part of the local community.”

“Joe’s passion for lacrosse and his vision for our newest team is very exciting and along with the explosive growth in the south west, it’s the perfect time for the NLL to come to the great city of San Diego ,” said NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz.

Stealth president and general manager Doug Locker is excited about adding a new opponent.

“It is awesome for us to have another team in the west, even better to have a team in our time zone,” he said.

“I think it sets the stage for some potential great west coast rivalries.”

San Diego would join the Stealth, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth and Saskatchewan Rush in the West Division.

The East Division already has five teams — the Buffalo Bandits, Toronto Rock, Georgia Swarm, New England Black Wolves and Rochester Knighthawks.

There is still talk about more expansion with speculation that Philadelphia could return to the league. The Philadelphia Wings became the New England Black Wolves following the 2014 season.

There has also long been talk about returning to Edmonton, the former home of the Saskatchewan Rush, among other expansion targets.

The NLL has since relocated their league head office from New York to just outside Philadelphia.

But as for what the expansion — and specifically the expansion draft — will mean to the Stealth roster moving forward, Locker said that is a decision for a later date.

Some teams may make moves ahead of this season to avoid losing players, but Locker is not of that mindset.

“I want to play this year year for this year and then we will make our plans after that,” he said.

“(Losing players) is a small price to pay for growing the league,” he said. “Every team is going to share the same pain.

sports@langleytimes.com

Just Posted

COLUMN: Technology gives me hope my father will walk again

Lokomat taught Michael Coss to walk again after brain injury – and you could help bring it to Surrey

Decision to opt out of Operation Red Nose made last spring, says Langley Gymnastics

ORN drivers in neighbouring communities will fill Langley/Surrey gaps as best they can

Curling competition cutting close ahead of BC Junior Curling Championships

Qualifiers for December’s championships come down to the decimal point

Theatre stuff from stolen trailer found strewn on Surrey roadside

‘It’s going to take a little while to go through it all and find out what’s ruined and what’s OK’

Golden time for Langley pair on the water

Langley women team up to win gold at rowing national championships in Burnaby

VIDEO: Two years in review with Cloverdale-Langley City MP

John Aldag sits down to talk about heritage, economics

‘I will now live in consistent fear’: Allan Schoenborn granted escorted leaves

The Merritt man was deemed not criminally responsible in the killing of his three children in 2008

Hammy the deer dodges conservation officers in Prince Rupert

The famous Prince Rupert hammock deer maintains his purple threads

‘No shirt, no service, no Canada’

Shirtless Tacoma man arrested after Canadian border officials say they found meth in rental vehicle

Nasty note on B.C. windshield sparks online outrage

Vernon’s Bailey McDonald is using a painful experience to start conversation about invisible illness

Delta-Richmond Operation Red Nose kicks off with call for volunteers

ORN uses volunteers to provide motorists who have been drinking a free ride home — in their own cars

Federal funding to combat guns, gangs and opioid crisis

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said illicit drugs are often main cause of guns, gangs violence

Riverview youth mental health centre proceeds

Replacement for Maples Treatment Centre first announced in March

Overnight lane closures at Highway 91 and 72nd Avenue

Left turn lanes off of the highway onto 72nd eastbound will be closed to install drainage culverts

Most Read