LEAGUE RELEASES NEW 2008 SCHEDULE

Colorado hosts Calgary on December 29th in season opener

11/02/2007

Gavin Prout and the Colorado Mammoth host the Calgary Roughnecks on December 29th in the season opener at Pepsi Center.
The National Lacrosse League has announced its new schedule for the 2008 regular season. The season will open on December 29th, 2007, when the Colorado Mammoth host the Calgary Roughnecks at Pepsi Center
in Denver. The regular season schedule consists of eighteen weeks, and concludes on April 26th.

The 2008 All-Star Game will be held on Sunday, March 16th, at Rexall Place, the home arena of the Edmonton Rush.

The original schedule for the 2008 season was lost when the league cancelled the season back on October 16th, when a deadline to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with its player's association was not met. On October 24th, it was announced that a new seven-year CBA
had been reached, and that a new schedule would be created for the 2008 season, subject to availability of dates at each team's home arena. In the new schedule, twelve teams will each play a sixteen-game regular season schedule.

In light of the cancellation of the original 2008 season schedule, the Arizona and Boston franchises have opted not to play in 2008 due to a number of business issues. A dispersal draft will be held next week. Both franchises will resume operations in 2009.

"When we announced that the NLL was going to play in 2008, we advised everyone that there were going to be some challenges in creating the schedule", said NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings. "I'd like to thank our teams and arena managers for all of their hard work over the past couple of weeks in creating a schedule that is as close to what we originally had as possible."

Announcements regarding format and dates for the 2008 NLL Playoffs will be made at a later date.

The full schedule is listed below. All times are Eastern.


WEEK 1

Saturday, December 29
Calgary at Colorado - 9:00 PM


WEEK 2

Saturday, January 5
Toronto at Chicago - 8:00 PM


WEEK 3

Friday, January 11
Rochester at Buffalo - 7:30 PM
Minnesota at Toronto - 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 12
Chicago at Philadelphia - 7:30 PM
Buffalo at Rochester - 7:35 PM
Toronto at Minnesota - 8:00 PM
Edmonton at Colorado - 9:00 PM
San Jose at Calgary - 9:30 PM
New York at Portland - 10:30 PM


WEEK 4

Friday, January 18
Rochester at Philadelphia - 8:00 PM

Saturday, January 19
New York at Buffalo - 7:30 PM
Toronto at Edmonton - 9:30 PM


WEEK 5

Thursday, January 24
Colorado at Portland - 10:30 PM

Friday, January 25
Calgary at San Jose - 10:30 PM

Saturday, January 26
New York at Toronto - 7:00 PM
Buffalo at Philadelphia - 7:30 PM
Edmonton at Chicago - 8:00 PM
Minnesota at Rochester - 8:05 PM
San Jose at Colorado - 9:00 PM
Portland at Calgary - 9:30 PM


WEEK 6

Thursday, January 31
San Jose at New York - 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 2
Portland at Edmonton - 9:30 PM
Minnesota at San Jose - 10:30 PM


WEEK 7

Thursday, February 7
Portland at Colorado - 9:00 PM

Friday, February 8
New York at Minnesota - 8:00 PM
Buffalo at Calgary - 9:30 PM

Saturday, February 9
Chicago at San Jose - 4:00 PM
Toronto at Rochester - 7:35 PM

Sunday, February 10
Buffalo at New York - 12:30 PM
Portland at Minnesota - 4:00 PM


WEEK 8

Friday, February 15
Buffalo at Toronto - 7:30 PM
Philadelphia at Colorado - 9:00 PM

Saturday, February 16
Minnesota at Buffalo - 7:30 PM
Calgary at Rochester - 7:35 PM
New York at Chicago - 8:00 PM

Sunday, February 17
Edmonton at Portland - 6:00 PM


WEEK 9

Friday, February 22
Minnesota at Philadelphia - 8:00 PM
Calgary at Portland - 10:30 PM

Saturday, February 23
New York at Rochester - 7:35 PM
San Jose at Edmonton - 9:30 PM

Sunday, February 24
Buffalo at Chicago - 3:00 PM
Colorado at Calgary - 3:00 PM


WEEK 10

Friday, February 29
New York at Philadelphia - 8:00 PM

Saturday, March 1
Calgary at Toronto - 7:00 PM
Philadelphia at Buffalo - 7:30 PM
Rochester at Chicago - 8:00 PM
Edmonton at Portland - 10:30 PM


WEEK 11

Saturday, March 8
Toronto at Philadelphia - 1:00 PM
Minnesota at Buffalo - 7:30 PM
San Jose at Colorado - 9:00 PM
Portland at Calgary - 9:30 PM


WEEK 12

Friday, March 14
New York at Toronto - 7:30 PM
Chicago at Minnesota - 8:00 PM
San Jose at Philadelphia - 8:00 PM
Colorado at Calgary - 9:30 PM

Saturday, March 15
Rochester at Edmonton - 9:30 PM

Sunday, March 16
NLL All-Star Game at Edmonton


WEEK 13

Thursday, March 20
Colorado at Portland - 10:30 PM

Friday, March 21
Edmonton at Toronto - 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 22
Calgary at San Jose - 3:00 PM
Toronto at Buffalo - 7:30 PM
Philadelphia at New York - 7:30 PM
Chicago at Rochester - 7:35 PM


WEEK 14

Saturday, March 29
Minnesota at Chicago - 8:00 PM
Philadelphia at Rochester - 8:05 PM
San Jose at Edmonton - 9:30 PM


WEEK 15

Thursday, April 3
Rochester at Colorado - 9:00 PM

Saturday, April 5
Rochester at Toronto - 7:00 PM
Colorado at Buffalo - 7:30 PM
Philadelphia at Chicago - 8:00 PM
New York at Minnesota - 8:00 PM
Calgary at Edmonton - 9:30 PM
San Jose at Portland - 10:30 PM

Sunday, April 6
Portland at San Jose - 7:00 PM


WEEK 16

Friday, April 11
Philadelphia at Portland - 10:30 PM
Edmonton at San Jose - 10:30 PM

Saturday, April 12
Chicago at Toronto - 7:00 PM
Buffalo at Rochester - 7:35 PM
Philadelphia at Minnesota - 8:00 PM
Colorado at New York - 8:00 PM
Edmonton at Calgary - 9:30 PM


WEEK 17

Friday, April 18
Chicago at New York - 7:30 PM
Edmonton at Colorado - 9:00 PM
Portland at San Jose - 10:30 PM

Saturday, April 19
Chicago at Buffalo - 7:30 PM
New York at Philadelphia - 7:30 PM
Rochester at Minnesota - 8:00 PM
Toronto at Calgary - 9:30 PM
Colorado at Edmonton - 9:30 PM


WEEK 18

Friday, April 25
Chicago at Minnesota - 8:00 PM
Colorado at San Jose - 10:30 PM

Saturday, April 26
Philadelphia at Toronto - 7:00 PM
Portland at Buffalo - 7:30 PM
Rochester at New York - 8:00 PM
Minnesota at Chicago - 8:00 PM
Calgary at Edmonton - 9:30 PM