The Boston Blazers Return After a 10-year Absence
decade on the sidelines, the Boston Blazers today return to the National
Lacrosse League (NLL), revealing its team name and new blazing red and white
team colors to fans across
New England. The
Blazers, the newest and 14th member of the NLL, begin their inaugural season in
January 2008 at the TD Banknorth Garden.
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.
officials also announced that Blazers group, individual and season tickets are
available by calling 1-888-TIX-BLAZ (849-2529) or visiting http://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.
grew up a Blazers fan and I’m thrilled that fans across New England will once
again have the opportunity to root for them,” said Blazers Owner and
native Tim Armstrong. “Lacrosse is not only the fastest growing sport in
New England, but also across the country. The name ‘Blazers’
is both nostalgic
and also appropriate.”
for an NLL franchise in
was finally satisfied on May 9, 2007 when the league announced it had awarded a
team to Armstrong, who is President of Advertising and Commerce at Google, Inc.
The team that day also announced former NLL star and former Boston Blazers
standout Tom Ryan as head coach.
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.
Boston is a great sports town and we know its fans expect championships,”
said Blazers Head Coach Tom Ryan, who won an NLL title while playing for
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.
played nine years in the NLL and amassed 202 total career points (82 goals and
120 assists). 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.
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
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 FleetCenter (now TD Banknorth Garden) home in 1996-97 and made four
playoff appearances in six seasons in the Hub.
be 3,941 days between the Blazers’ last game played (March 29, 1997) and their
first game of 2008 on Jan. 12 at
More than 3,950 days will have passed between Blazers home games (March 22,
1997 to Jan. 19, 2008).