Edmonton Rush

The Edmonton Rush were a professional lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) that played from 2006 NLL season to 2015.

Edmonton Rush
Based inEdmonton, Alberta
ArenaRexall Place
ColorsBlack and Silver
Head coachDerek Keenan
General managerDerek Keenan
Division titles2012, 2015
Local mediaShaw TV Edmonton, Global Edmonton, CTV Edmonton, City Edmonton, CBC Edmonton, Edmonton Sun, Edmonton Journal
LaterSaskatchewan Rush

The team announced on July 20, 2015 that they would be relocating to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the 2016 season. The Saskatchewan Rush play out of the SaskTel Centre.[1]


The NLL announced that Edmonton, Alberta would receive an NLL franchise on May 5, 2005. They played their home games at Rexall Place. The Edmonton team was owned by businessman Bruce Urban,[2] who purchased the dormant Ottawa Rebel to start the Edmonton team. Although early reports suggested that they would be playing as the Edmonton Speed, they selected the name Rush on June 9, 2005.

On February 17, 2006, the Rush recorded the first victory in their franchise history, defeating the Calgary Roughnecks 12-11 in a thrilling game, scoring the winning goal with only 0.2 seconds left in the game. Their first home victory didn't come until their second season, when they defeated the Philadelphia Wings 13-12 on January 6, 2007 in the season opener.

After starting the 2008 NLL season with an 0-5 record, the Rush fired the franchise's original head coach and general manager, Paul Day, and replaced him with former NLL Coach and GM of the Year, Bob Hamley.[3] The Rush finished the season last in the West with a 4-12 record, and after rebuilding much of the team in the off-season, the Rush struggled again in 2009. After finishing last in the West for the second straight season, Hamley was fired.[4]


During Edmonton's playoff run in 2015 Urban began threatening to move the team, telling the Edmonton Sun "It appears that it's coming to an end.[5] After much speculation, the team officially announced they'd be moving to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to play as the Saskatchewan Rush beginning in 2016.[6] Urban cited the lack of a long-term deal at Rogers Place, which was slated to replace Rexall Place as Edmonton's main arena. Additionally, the Oilers refused to let the Rush put any of their signage at Rexall Place, a move that Urban claimed harmed the Rush's marketing efforts.[7]

Rivalry with the Calgary Roughnecks

The arrival of the Rush created another version of "The Battle Of Alberta". The head coach of the Edmonton Rush however, has come under fire by the Calgary Roughnecks. The Rush took out ads in Calgary newspapers before their first meeting that the Rush would "Open a Can" on the Roughnecks.

This proved to backfire as the Roughnecks defeated the Rush in their first meeting.

The tactic continued though when the Rush were playing the Toronto Rock, but once again it proved to backfire as the Rock easily won.

However, Calgary tried this tactic against Edmonton before the April 5, 2008 game by taking an ad in the Edmonton Sun saying that Edmonton was a "City of Losers" instead of a city of champions. Just as it had for the Rush, the plan backfired as the Rush won 11-9.

The rivalry heated up March 13, 2009 in Edmonton as Calgary built up a 14-3 halftime lead over the Rush. At the one second mark of the 3rd quarter, a line brawl broke out between the two teams resulting in nine fighting majors and nine misconducts.[8]

Edmonton did get the upper hand in the first playoff meeting between the teams as the Rush won 11-7 in Calgary on May 1, 2010.

Edmonton had played four games against the Calgary Roughnecks in the 2012 season. The Rush went 0/4 in the regular season when they faced the Calgary Roughnecks. Calgary ended their season with the record of 12-4, while Edmonton dominated the second ever playoff Battle Of Alberta with a win over Calgary 19-11. Edmonton went on to the Western division final against the Minnesota Swarm toward another win, 15-3, and headed to the NLL finals.


Edmonton Rush roster
Active (20-man) roster Inactive roster Coaches
  • 79 Nik Bilic
  • 24 Ryan Dilks
  •  6 John Lintz
  •  4 Kyle Rubisch (A)
Practice Squad
  • 20 Mitch Banister (D)
  • 47 Matt MacGrotty (D)
  • 35 Adam Shute (G)
Unable to play
  •  9 Curtis Knight (F)
  •  3 Jarrett Toll (D)
Head Coach
Assistant Coaches

  • * Suspended list
  • (C) Captain
  • (A) Alternate captain

Roster updated 2014-12-18
NLL Transactions

Retired numbers

Edmonton Rush retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
81Jimmy QuinlanF/T2006–13January 17, 2014

All-time record

Season Division W–L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs Avg Attendance
2006Western1–156th0–81–7150202Paul DayMissed playoffs10,367
2007Western6–105th4–42–6160189Paul DayMissed playoffs10,815
2008Western4–125th3–51–7141197Paul Day (0–5)
Bob Hamley (4–7)
Missed playoffs8,820
2009Western5–116th4–41–7159200Bob HamleyMissed playoffs8,347
2010Western10–63rd5–35–3186201Derek KeenanLost in Western Final7,558
2011Western5–115th4–41–7175204Derek KeenanMissed Playoffs7,151
2012Western6–104th4–42–6167175Derek KeenanLost in Final7,050
2013Western9–73rd2–67–1203170Derek KeenanLost in Western Semi-final6,714
2014Western16–21st8–18–1220157Derek KeenanLost in Western Final7,844
2015Western13–51st6–37–2241177Derek KeenanWon Championship6,578
Total10 seasons75–89 40–4235–471,8021,872  8,103
Playoff Totals 8–6 3–15–5152116  9,695

Franchise scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NLL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; G/G = Goals per game; A/G = Assists per game; * = current Rush player

Team records

Single Season Goals - Mark Matthews, 53 (2015)
Assists - Mark Matthews, 62 (2015)
Points - Mark Matthews, 114 (2015)
PIM - Jamie Floris, 67 (2009)
Loose Balls - Brodie Merrill, 190 (2010)
Forced Turnovers - Kyle Rubisch, 61 (2014)

NLL awards

See also

  • Edmonton Rush seasons


  1. "Rush announce relocation to Saskatchewan". NLL.com. 2015-07-20.
  2. "Bruce Urban Bio at Edmonton Rush Website". EdmontonRush.com. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  3. Paul Tutka (2008-02-21). "Bob Hamley hiring made official". NLLInsider.com. Archived from the original on 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  4. Tutka, Paul (May 19, 2009). "Breaking: Bob Hamley released by Edmonton Rush". NLLInsider.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  5. Gerry Moddejonge (2015-05-20). "Threats by Rush owner Bruce Urban to move team not backed by NLL commissioner". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 2015-07-20.
  6. "Rush announce relocation to Saskatchewan". NLL.com. 2015-07-20.
  7. Gregor, Jason (2015-07-21). "Urban explains why Rush are leaving Edmonton". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2015-07-21.
  8. http://www.nll.com/stats.php?ps=http://nll.stats.pointstreak.com/teamplayerstats.html?teamid=38725%26seasonid=3260%26sortby=g
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