Sports fans, get ready to welcome the newest professional sports team to North Texas: the Panther City Lacrosse Club.
Based in Fort Worth and Dickies Arena, the professional box lacrosse team is the 14th franchise in the National Lacrosse League.
Fun fact: The NLL is entering its 35th season and ranks third in average attendance among professional indoor sports in the world, just behind the NBA and NHL.
Box lacrosse has its roots in Canada and is played on a grass mat inside a hockey rink with glass and rink boards still intact. Like hockey, there are live substitutions and a 30-second shot clock much like basketball, which encourages shots on goal and high-scoring games.
The team is led by head coach Tracey Kelusky, who spent 14 years in the National Lacrosse League and was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame in 2016. Kelusky has won two championships as a player with Calgary in 2004 and 2009, and was a former No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2000 NLL Entry Draft. He won Rookie of the Year in 2001 and was named NLL All-Star at five times during his playing career.
As it is the team’s inaugural season, the club is full of promising young talent. Offensively, six-year-old veteran Phil Caputo will lead Panther City’s attack and currently lead the team in goals scored.
Elsewhere on the pitch, fans can look to upcoming offensive threats such as Will Malcom, Patrick Dodds and Mike Triolo.
Panther City will rely on team captain, five-year veteran and former NLL champion Chad Cummings at fullback. The 6-foot-5 defenseman is a mainstay on the defensive end and can be seen paired with other franchise key players such as Matt Hossack, Connor Sellars and Pat Foley.
Between the crease for Panther City, Kevin Orleman patrols the paint. The 25-year-old goaltender spent three seasons in the NLL and has already backed up one of the league’s top goaltenders. The athletic style goalkeeper is known for asserting himself in front of the net and challenging offensive players as they attempt to score.
Fans looking to keep up with all the LAX action can follow the team’s social media on Facebook, Twitter @PantherCityLaxand Instagram @panthercitylax.
Reserve your tickets by visiting PantherCityLax.com or by calling/texting 833-467-2529. All Panther City Lacrosse Club games can also be seen on ESPN+.