The Canadian Lacrosse League announced its first trade of the 2016 season on Thursday afternoon, involving Brock men’s lacrosse player and team captain Brandon Slade. The trade involved eight players and a draft pick between the Niagara Lock Monsters and the Southwest Cyclops.
The Lock Monsters acquired Slade, Spencer Allen, Bryan Neufeld and Jordie Daradick. Going the other way were Trevor Learn, Gage Board, Connor Eustace, Brock Levick and a 10th round pick.
“We are thrilled to have Daradick and Neufeld back in Niagara with us this season; they are character guys and bring a lot of intangibles to our team,” said Niagara Lock Monsters General Manager, Dave Colbourne in the media release. “Allen and Slade also bring a lot of talent to our team and should be instrumental in helping us on the transition into the offensive end.”
Daradick and Neufeld were members of the Lock Monsters roster earlier in their careers before being traded to the Cyclops in 2014. The two also helped the Lock Monsters to a Creator’s Cup Championship.
In regards to Slade, the attacker was passed up in the in the 2015 National Lacrosse League draft, but has not let that encourage him. “The door is still not closed and I am looking forward to taking advantage of my opportunities as they arrive,” Slade told The Brock Press earlier this year.
The Orangeville native was selected by the Cyclops in the 2014 C-Lax draft at the 34th overall selection. He started his junior career with the Orangeville Jr. B Northmen, where he played two years before finishing his final three with the Orangeville Jr. A Northmen.
This past season, Slade helped lead the Brock Badgers to a Canadian University Field Lacrosse semi-final finish. The team finished 9-3 during the season, but dropped the semi-finals to McGill 7-5. Slade led the CUFLA with 63 points, 13 points better than the next player on the list. Slade also led the league with 36 assists, being a huge contributor to the offensive side for the Badgers.
Slade will now look to help the offensive side of the Lock Monsters in the upcoming C-Lax season. Sade will also be back for a fourth year with the Brock Badgers Men’s Lacrosse team in 2016.