Philadelphia Wings (2018–)

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Philadelphia Wings
Founded2017
Current season Current season
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
DivisionEastern
Based inPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
ArenaWells Fargo Center
ColorsBlack, charcoal, red, gold, white
                        
OwnerComcast Spectacor
Head coachPaul Day
General managerPaul Day
Websitewingslax.com

The Philadelphia Wings are a professional box lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League. The Wings have played at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since the 2018–2019 season.

History[edit]

The Philadelphia Wings were a member of the National Lacrosse League, a professional box lacrosse league in North America starting in 1987. They played at the Spectrum (1987–96) and then at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Wings were one of the four original teams in the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League that began play in 1987 and the only team to reclaim its identity from the original 1974–75 National Lacrosse League and also retained the first Philadelphia Wings logo.

The Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League was renamed the Major Indoor Lacrosse League in 1989, and again to the National Lacrosse League in 1998. They are the only franchise to have played all 24 seasons in the same city. The Wings have the most titles in the combined league history with six total: four North American Cups in the MILL era and two Champion's Cup since the formation of the NLL.

On July 11, 2014, it was announced on the team's website that the Wings would be relocating after 28 years in Philadelphia. On September 19, 2014, it was announced that the team had moved to Uncasville, Connecticut to be known as the New England Black Wolves and play at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

On September 14, 2017, the NLL awarded an expansion franchise in Philadelphia to owner Comcast Spectacor.[1] The franchise fee for Philadelphia and fellow expansion team San Diego Seals was a reported $5 million.[2] On November 29, 2017, it was announced the new franchise would use the "Wings" name to create the notion that the Wings had "returned" to Philadelphia. The Wings played their first game on December 15, 2018 in a loss against the Buffalo Bandits, 17-15.

Current roster[edit]

Philadelphia Wings roster
Active (20-man) roster Inactive roster Coaches
Goaltenders
  • 57 Canada Doug Buchan
  • 65 Canada Gowah Abrams
Defensemen
  • 29 Canada Liam Brynes
  • 21 Canada Steph Charbonneau
  •  3 Canada Dylan Evans (A)
  • 33 Canada Adam Joaquim
  • 17 Canada Chet Koneczny
  • 81 Finland Joakim Miller
  • 12 Canada Liam Patten
  • 19 Canada Zac Reid
  •  2 Canada Eric Shewell
  • 94 Canada Ryan Wagner
Forwards
  • 21 Canada Kevin Crowley
  • 27 Canada Josh Currier
  • 14 United States Justin Guterding
  • 44 United States Jordan Hall (A)
  • 28 Canada Vaughn Harris
  •  1 United States Matt Rambo
  • 10 United States Blaze Riorden
Transition
  •  9 United States Trevor Baptiste
  • 46 Canada Kiel Matisz (C)
Practice Squad
  •   United States Chris Collins
  • 26 United States Isaiah Davis-Allen
  • 34 United States Adam Osika
Injured Reserve
  • 83 United States Frank Brown
  • 11 Canada Brett Hickey
Head Coach
  • Paul Day
Assistant Coaches
  • Landon Miller

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

Roster updated 2019-02-20
2017 NLL Transactions

All-time record[edit]

Season Division W–L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
2019 Eastern 4–14 6th 3-6 1-8 218 246 Paul Day
Total 1 season 4-14 3-6 1-8 218 246

Head coaching history[edit]

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
1 Paul Day 2019 18 4 14 22.22%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Lacrosse League Welcomes Its 11th Franchise" (Press release). September 14, 2017.
  2. ^ Ingemi, Marisa (September 13, 2017). "Even biggest skeptics can't deny NLL's growth". US Lacrosse Magazine. Retrieved December 5, 2017.

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