By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire. "
The Senior Lacrosse season commences this week for the Owen Sound NorthStars with their training camp set to begin on Saturday.
Last week, the NorthStars announced their coaching staff for the 2019 season.
Mark Kazarian, Phil Dempsey and Keith Peer will operate the Senior NorthStars bench.
Kazarian has coached, almost perpetually, at both the Junior and then Senior level for most of the last 2 decades.
Dempsey played for the Senior NorthStars in recent years but needed shoulder surgery and thus no longer can play. Still, he was very receptive to the opportunity to coach the Owen Sound squad this season.
And to round out the staff, General Manager Peer will take the 3rd spot on the coaching staff.
In an interview, Peer related he's optimistic about the season ahead based on a number of factors.
First, he doesn't foresee a great deal of turnover on the roster, and as such that should give Owen Sound a running start in terms of familiarity and on floor operation.
Second, Owen Sound is coming off an exciting season that saw them go the full 5 games before being eliminated in the deciding game of their playoff series with the Six Nations Rivermen.
Finally, there's a level of excitement based on the schedule in which the NorthStars first two games are on the road against last year's finalists; first at Oakville May 5th, then at Six Nations on the 11th of May.
I'm Fred Wallace