Just announced Tuesday by the league, the 2018 All-Star Game will be played at Harvard Stadium in Boston, MA. This marks the fifth time this event will be hosted by Boston and Harvard University. The announcement and press conference this past week was held at the Warrior Ice Arena in Boston and saw the likes of notable league faces, including Rob Pannell and new Commissioner, Sandy Brown.
The game will be played Thursday, June 28 featuring the MLL All-Stars vs. Team USA. The official 23-man roster for Team USA was released last month, with Launch defenseman and captain Tucker Durkin as a key player. The All-Star team will not be named until later in the season. This matchup will help prepare Team USA for the FIL World Championships in July. As Team USA GM said, this will be the fourth time in league history the All-Star game has welcomed Team USA to participate, and will be their final competition before going overseas in hopes of securing a gold medal in Israel. The All-Star game is also extremely important because that weekend in June will be the team’s final training camp, as they hit pool play for the World Championships just two weeks later in their chase for USA’s tenth gold medal.
This game between the pro’s and our national team will offer some serious competition and entertainment for fans as well. “The game will feature the best the sport has to offer” as Boston Cannons President, Ian Frenette stated at the conference. New York Lizards attackman, Rob Pannell was also in attendance and further stressed the importance of the All-Star game for Team USA, bringing up 2014’s All-Star game where it came down to one goal going Team USA’s way before they played the 2014 World Championships in Colorado. According to Pannell, “The fan’s are in for a treat.” The field will be filled with talent, as MLL stars who tried out and didn't make the USA team will be looking for revenge and other players looking to prove themselves.
Alexander “Sandy” Brown spoke as well, debuting as the league’s newest commissioner, named last Tuesday. This was Brown’s first appearance as commissioner and his first official duty with the position. He added about the game that, “There is nothing that brings out a better group of men on the field.”
We know for sure Tucker Durkin will be there for Team USA and are excited to see what other Launch players will be selected to play in this extraordinary game in June!Tickets for the game are now available at majorleaguelacrosse.com