Defending champions always face special challenges - from being the measuring stick for other clubs to maintaining high expectations.
The list featured a bonanza of talent, whether your need was scoring, defensive acumen, or a specific stick side.
Western Lacrosse Association general managers and coaches are looking at Monday's Junior Draft like the second coming of Christmas.
Bolstered by a sterling 48-save performance from netminder Nick Rose, the Coquitlam Adanacs staked out an 11-9 win over the Victoria Shamrocks in the club's Western Lacrosse Association playoff opener Saturday.
A five-game run has turned the Coquitlam Adanacs from chasers into the ones being chased.
It could have been a hole to lay down in, but the Coquitlam Adanacs instead turned a setback into a whole new stand.
There's something about the Thunder that brings the lightning out of the Coquitlam Adanacs.
It wasn't so much a case of who was there, but rather who wasn't.
The Orangeville, Ont., native is returning to the Coquitlam Adanacs for a second straight season, after the senior A club reached a transfer agreement with the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks of the Ontario Major League.
Despite plenty of speculation by some armchair experts, the Coquitlam Adanacs stayed true to tradition and grabbed the best player with the first overall pick Monday at the Western Lacrosse Association junior draft in Burnaby.
Bob Salt was seeing red Saturday -- Salmonbellies' red.