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Team Ireland: Irish roots allow McBride to play at home

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Former National Lacrosse League standout Andrew McBride is retired from playing professionally but is still involved in the NLL as an assistant coach. But come September, he will return to his playing roots as he dons the Team Ireland journey at the 2019 Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse Championship at Langley Events Centre.   Photos courtesy of Calgary Roughnecks  Retired from professional lacrosse, the lure of playing at a World Championship less than an hour from his hometown was too good of an opportunity to pass up for Andrew McBride. McBride called it a career following the 2014 National Lacrosse League season, following a 182-game career, all for the Calgary Roughnecks. That also included another 23 playoff games and a pair of NLL titles (2004 and 2009). But come September, the 36-year-old will be back on the floor, serving as a veteran presence with the Irish National Team at the 2019 Federation of International Lacrosse World Indoor Lacro

Team Finland: Kelusky set to lead Finns

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Having twice won a World Indoor Lacrosse Championship as a player, Tracey Kelusky now finds himself coaching Team Finland for the 2019 Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse Championship this September at Langley Events Centre. Photo courtesy of Finnish Lacrosse Association After helping Canada win gold as a player at the first two Federation of International Lacrosse World Indoor Championships in 2003 and 2007, Tracey Kelusky now finds himself on the other side as one of the many countries scheming to end Canada’s reign as the four-time defending champion of the event. The 43-year-old from Peterborough, Ontario has taken the reins as head coach of Finland’s men’s national team after serving as the team’s offensive coordinator on the squad four years ago. Finland placed ninth that year out of 13 teams and returns roughly 60 or 70 per cent of that roster. And Kelusky likes what he sees in his squad. “They remind me a whole lot of the Canadian guys, blue