Bill O’Brien Ready To Bring “The Boom” To The Boston Cannons And Major League Lacrosse In 2019
On March 20th the Boston Cannons in the MLL Supplemental Draft the Boston Cannons acquired a defenseman by the name of Bill O’Brien.
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to represent the Boston Cannons in the MLL. Boston is an amazing city and one of the sport’s capitals of the world. I’m looking forward to bringing my skill set to the cannons and ultimately pursuing an MLL championship.” O’Brien told Trifecta Sports.
O’Brien, 31-years-old, has quite the story, definitely more than meets the eye.
The Lafayette, New York native was a three sport athlete in high school playing football, ice hockey, and lacrosse and received a D1 scholarship to go play football at Sacred Heart University.
O’Brien went on to be an all-conference defensive end at Sacred Heart and severed as the teams two-time Captain. Right out of college he was invited to try out of the Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
But football wasn’t the path for O’Brien who made the difficult decision to hang up his cleats in football
“It was a difficult decision to hang up the cleats in football, but ultimately I knew I wanted to continue competing, and lacrosse presented an opportunity to do so. Playing with the Onondaga Redhawks in 2014 afforded me the opportunity to earn a spot with the New England Blackwolves that same year.” said O’Brien.
O’Brien’s football past has helped cultivate his skills as a lacrosse player and ultimately make a better all-around athlete.
His journey is one that other athletes can look at and learn from.
“Being a multisport athlete like myself, I would say that there are certain skills that are transferrable to all professional levels: mental toughness, discipline, and hunger can be applied to not only professional sports, but whatever path you pursue. Playing Division I football at Sacred Heart University, I was able to develop my foundational skills as an athlete, and use those same skills to transition to professional indoor lacrosse and now to the MLL. ultimately, to be at the pinnacle of any occupation, professional sports or other, you have to improve every day and consciously want to get better.” said O’Brien.
The Path To MLL And The Boston Cannons
After O’Brien ended his football career he was invited in 2014 to the New England Black Wolves free agent camp where he ended up making the team.
O’Brien played for the Black Wolves until he was released after three seasons with the Black Wolves and ultimately was a fan favorite.
After his release their was mass support from the teams supporters who were sad to see the physical defender go and some even threatened to cancel their season tickets as a petition started to bring him back.
“It meant the world to me. As I reflect on it now, I’m extremely grateful for the fans and the friends that I made with my time in New England. I’m excited to rekindle a lot of those friendships as I suit up with the Boston Cannons for the 2019 MLL season.” said O’Brien.
O’Brien however was scooped up in January of 2018 by the Buffalo Bandits on the NLL and then after one season in Buffalo entered the MLL 2019 Supplemental Draft this off-season.
O’Brien Dedicated To Honing His Craft
The defenseman outside of his NLL time has been playing as much as he can with his most recent experience coming in the Arena Lacrosse League with the St. Catherine’s Shockwaves.
“All year round I’m playing lacrosse. Currently, I’m playing in the Arena Lacrosse League with the St. Catherine’s Shockwave and we’re on the hunt to hoist the cup at the end of the season. That doesn’t stop me from training daily. Some of my main focus points are being explosive, strong and in great condition. After being drafted I focused more on using a 6-foot pole, and open field footwork.” said O’Brien.
For Boston Cannons fans they can expect “The Boom!” from O’Brien in the 2019 season.
“After speaking with the coaching staff, I know they’re looking for a physical presence on the back end. I will be that physical presence. I’ve always gravitated toward a physical style of play, and am looking forward to throwing the body around and imposing my will on offensive players.” said O’Brien.
When chatting with Boston Cannons Head Coach Sean Quirk about O’Brien he was also looking forward to his physical play as well as the professional experience he can bring to the Cannons.
“Bill brings experience playing professionally and an incredible sense of leadership to the Cannons. His work ethic off the field to get better in every facet is extremely impressive. He plays a very physical style that will add to our blue collar mentality and style of play.” Coach Quirk told Trifecta Sports.
With all the changes O’Brien is excited for the upcoming MLL season and he is very optimistic about the future of the league.
“It’s an exciting time in lacrosse right now. The changes that have occurred in the MLL have positioned the league for maximum growth. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the MLL as it continues to grow and be the pinnacle of outdoor lacrosse.” said O’Brien.
Bill O’Brien and the Boston Cannons will kick off their 2019 MLL season on June 19th against the New York Lizards.
Boston Cannons 2019 MLL Schedule Rereleased After League Restructure
Boston Cannons 2019 Scheduled Released By Major League Lacrosse After League Restructure, First Game On June 1st Against Lizards
On Wednesday, Major League Lacrosse (MLL), announced today a revised 2019 regular season schedule.
This announcement comes two days after the league announced a major restructure in which 9 teams have become 6 with the Ohio Machine, Florida Launch, and the Charlotte Hounds no longer being operated for the 2019 season.
“We are committed to the fans in the six communities in which our teams will be operating this season,” said Commissioner Alexander Brown. “With the announcement made earlier this week, it was imperative that our updated schedule reflect our commitment to providing our teams in each market a robust season of lacrosse. We expect this year’s experience for our fans, our players and our teams to be the best they have ever had.”
The Boston Cannons who were originally set up to open there year on June 1st against the Ohio Machine are now going to play the New York Lizards at 5 pm on June 1st at their new home, Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Below is the full new schedule for the Cannons for the 2019 MLL season.
Boston Cannons Release Statement Regarding MLL Restructure
Boston Cannons President Ian Frenette Releases Statement On Major League Lacrosse Restructure
On Monday Major League Lacrosse made a major announcement with three teams being dropped from the 2019 schedule just two months out of the season start date.
MLL in the restructure announced that the Ohio Machine and the Florida Launch would both cease to exist, and the Charlotte Hounds would take a two year hiatus from the league before returning to a revamped stadium in 2021.
MLL plans on holding a draft for the three full rosters of displaced players in late April, no date has been set as of post.
The local franchise, the Boston Cannons, had their President Ian Frenette release a statement on Monday afternoon regarding the change in the league.
Of note, Frenette stated that the 2019 schedule at Veterans Memorial Stadium remaining the same. A point that is rather critical with the club sharing the field with other teams in the City of Quincy and the surrounding area making scheduling rather tight.
Frenette stood behind the league in his statement with a promise for more information once it becomes avalilable.
For the full statement please see below:
Since 2001, the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) have been committed to the continued growth of the MLL. The announcement today from the MLL Office marks a significant milestone and sets foundation for long term growth.
Our 2019 game schedule at Veterans Memorial Stadium remains unchanged. We will have an updated opponent schedule by the conclusion of the week. Our Public Relations team and social media streams will share information as it becomes available.
We are committed to our fans, our community, players, coaches and our respected partners. Our goal as a founding member of MLL and a professional sports organization is to continue to create an electrifying product both on and off the field.
President, Boston Cannons”
Boston Cannons Announce All Games Will Be Broadcasted On NBC Sports Boston
Boston Cannons Announce All Games For 2019 Season Will Be Broadcasted On NBC Sports Boston Across New England
On Thursday the Boston Cannons announced a major step forward in their partnership with NBC Sports Boston with the MLL franchise announcing that all of their 2019 games would be broadcasted by the regional sports network.
Both sides have agreed to broadcast all 16 regular season games starting with the season opener on June 1st with all of the home games planned to be a live broadcast and the away games currently in flux with the potential for them to be on a delayed feed.
The partnership between NBC Sports Boston and the Boston Cannons has developing over the course of the past few seasons with the two partnering in online collaboration and NBC Sports Boston broadcasting multiple live games in the 2018 season.
Broadcasting on NBCSB gives the Cannons access to ~4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Certainly a big opportunity for the Cannons who alongside Major League Lacrosse continue to grow at a rapid pace.
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