Homegrown Raider drafted by junior squad
Lacrosse: Okotoks’ Ethan Landymore second round pick in RMLL Jr. A draft
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 06:00 am
From the stands to the floor - the Raider nation has added a long-time supporter to its ranks.
Okotokian Ethan Landymore earned the second-round selection of the defending Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League champion Okotoks Junior A Raiders at the 2018 Junior A Midget Entry Draft on Feb. 7.
“That was the team I really wanted to go to and I was really excited I got to go to them,” said Landymore, a Grade 11 student at Foothills Composite. “They were from Okotoks originally and when I was growing up I could ride my bike to their games and watched all of their games when they were still in Okotoks and always dreamed of playing for them.”
The connections don’t end there.
Landymore has been part of the Mustangs and Diamond H field lacrosse program headed up by Raiders co-head coach Jesse Fehr for the better part of six years.
“I’ve known him ever since I started playing field,” Landymore said. “Him and I have created a good bond between each other and he knows the type of person and player I am.”
In Landymore, the Raiders get a player who fits their archetype of athleticism and competitiveness with the versatility to play transition as well as out of the front and back gate.
“He’s a great kid,” Fehr said. “We were really fortunate to get him where we got him. The thing we feel separates him is he just has a great motor and is a great competitor. I’ve always said if I had to pick someone to go into a corner for a ball one-on-one I would pick him.
“He’s got great skills, he’s a great athlete and he really fits the mould of the type of team we’re trying to build – very athletic, fast and able to play both sides of the floor.”
The draft caps a banner season of lacrosse for the Okotokian.
Landymore was the captain of Team Alberta’s record-setting midget box lacrosse team in the summer when the province captured its first ever midget national gold medal. He also had the chance to represent Canada at the U17 level in the Heritage Cup.
A decorated field lacrosse athlete in his own right, Landymore is doing everything he can to make the jump directly from midget into junior A, especially given the big prize at the end of the season.
The Raiders and league rival Calgary Mountaineers are co-hosting the 2018 Minto Cup Junior A Lacrosse Championship in August.
It’s the first time the championship has been in Alberta since Okotoks hosted the event in 2011.
As the host province, the two finalists in the five-team RMLL Junior A ranks will advance to the Minto.
“That would mean a lot. For a graduating midget to play in a Minto Cup, that’s a lot of people’s dreams, to be in it,” Landymore said. “That’s been my goal ever since box season ended last year is to make Junior A as a rookie and be able to play. I feel really excited and proud to be able to do that.
“I’m just going to have to go out every floor time, work my butt off, practice hard and show them I can play at the next level.”
Marauders go local
The Okotoks Marauders stuck to a familiar source at the Jr. B Midget Entry Draft.
Kicking off a plethora of picks from the Okotoks HOKS the Marauders used their first round selection on High River’s Brydon Robichaud, a veteran of the Team Alberta box lacrosse program and the Okotoks HOKS.
The Marauders added fellow HOKS Liam Bell and Safo Arthur with their next two picks and later plucked Tyler Hope and Okotokian Jake Ruigrok in rounds 7 and 10, respectively.
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