New Westminster, BC, March 26, 2018– The New Westminster Junior A Salmonbellies are very excited to announce the acquisition of 2015 BCJALL Rookie of the Year and 2017 NCAA Big10 Freshman of the Year Tre Leclaire.
"We're very excited to have a player of Tre's caliber joining the Salmonbellie family. Tre is a generational type player that immediately adds another dimension to our club that will help prepare us to make a run for the Minto Cup. We're very excited to have him,” says Salmonbellie GM Warren Goss.
A 6’2” 212 lbs. South Surrey, BC native, Leclaire was acquired March 23rd from the Delta Islanders where he led all rookies in scoring with 94 points during the 2015 season. Although playing only 15 games during the 2016 season due to his commitment to the Canadian National Team, he still scored an impressive 62 points. Leclaire was Team Canada’s star standout at the 2016 U19 World Lacrosse Championships in Coquitlam, BC, where they lost the heartbreaking gold medal game in overtime to Team USA. Leclaire has 2 years of junior lacrosse eligibility remaining and will be a welcome addition to the Salmonbellies offence heading into the 2018 season under new head coach Rich Catton.
Currently, Leclaire is playing his sophomore season with the Ohio State Buckeyes in the NCAA where he leads the program in scoring for the second straight year and is rapidly rewriting their record books. He set the Buckeye freshman goals record with 49 and notched 65 total points last season; the most ever for a Buckeye freshman. As a sophomore, Leclaire is picked up right where he left off last year leading the team in points and being added to the watch list for the 2018 Tewaarton Award for the nation’s top college lacrosse player honors.
Because of his NCAA commitments, Leclaire is expected to miss a portion of the beginning of the BCJALL season. Look for big things from our newest aquisition.
This year's Jr. Salmonbellies will be sporting a new look behind the bench this season. We are pleased to announce that Rich Catton will assume duties as Head Coach. New Assistant coaches are: Daren Fridge and Sheldon Palidwor. New Westminster born and bred, Catton brings a wealth of lacrosse experience having played 16 years in the WLA and 11 NLL seasons to boot. Daren Fridge brings a wealth of coaching and administrative experience with the WLA's Maple Ridge Burrards. Palidwor is another home grown New West lacrosse figure. His playing career saw him play all his minor and junior in NW, then stepping into the WLA with the Sr. Bellies, The Burrards and the Burnaby Lakers. General Manager Warren Goss raved about the new team's wealth of experience and passion for the team and the game. Look for big things this upcoming season!
The New Westminster Jr A Salmonbellies are pleased to announce that Warren Goss has taken over as the Assistant General Manager, working closely with GM Jamie Stewart on all Junior A, B and Intermediate A activities. The Jr Bellies would like to thank Ray Porcellato who is stepping down after many years involvement. Ray has coached, managed, recruited and advised at all levels of the Junior Bellie organization and his value will be missed.