The Edmonton Rush
is a professional lacrosse
team in the National Lacrosse League
(NLL) that started playing in the 2006 NLL season
The NLL announced that Edmonton
would receive an NLL franchise on May 5, 2005. They play their home games at Rexall Place
. The Edmonton team is owned by businessman and Calgary
resident Bruce Urban, who purchased the dormant Ottawa Rebel
to start the Edmonton team.Although early reports suggested that they would be playing as the Edmonton Speed
, they selected the name Rush
on June 9, 2005.
On February 17, 2006, the Rush recorded the first victory in their franchise history, defeating the Calgary Roughnecks
12-11 in a thrilling game, scoring the winning goal with only 0.2 seconds left in the game. Their first home
victory didn't come until their second season, when they defeated the Philadelphia Wings
13-12 on January 6, 2007 in the season opener.
After starting the 2008 NLL season
with an 0-5 record, the Rush fired the franchise's original head coach and general manager, Paul Day, and replaced him with former NLL Coach
and GM of the Year
, Bob Hamley
. The Rush finished the season last in the West with a 4-12 record, and after rebuilding much of the team in the off-season, the Rush struggled again in 2009
. After finishing last in the West for the second straight season, Hamley was fired.
The Rush will have Derek Keenan
as head coach and general manager for the... Read More