There I am, just sitting at my computer watching the Swarm play the Bandits… when it happens. I’m not shocked, but a little startled. A week later, the Rock are playing the Swarm and it happens again, more than once. Again, not shocking but my anxiety level starts to rise. Then it happens again this past weekend (I was so distraught I don’t even remember which game it was), and I lose it. I snap. I resolve right then and there to write yet another name pronunciation guide (here’s last year’s and the original from 2011) in the hopes that the NLL announcers will read it and start pronouncing the players’ names right, even if only for a change of pace. I may have to start doing one of these every year to cover the rookies.
A couple of times recently I’ve even heard announcers getting names entirely wrong. If you see “Aaron Wilson” and decide “Aaron” is pronounced “COLL-in”, well I can’t help you. I’m doing my best by writing this article but I’m no miracle worker.
Note that not all NLL announcers are in need of this list. Guys like Dave Walls and Jake Elliott know the league and the players and while they might get a rookie’s name wrong in his first game, they’re not going to mess up Kelusky or Steenhuis. But not all of the announcers are as familiar with the players, so this article is for them.
I’ve organized the names alphabetically within their teams starting with the East division.
Ryan Benesch – buh-NESH
Kevin Brownell – brow-NELL
Steve Priolo – pree-O-lo
Joe Resetarits – res-uh-TARE-its
Dhane Smith – DANE
Mark Steenhuis – STAIN-house
John Tavares – tuh-VAR-es
Jay Thorimbert – THOR-im-burt
Kurtis Wagar – WAY-ger
Callum Crawford – CAL-um. Not CAY-lum.
Alex Crepinsek – CREP-in-seck
Kiel Matisz – KYLE muh-TEEZ
Logan Schuss – SHUSS (rhymes with BUS). Confirmed by Logan himself.
Corbyn Tao – COR-bin TOW (TOW rhymes with COW)
CJ Costabile – COST-a-bull
Kevin Crowley – CROW-lee where CROW also rhymes with COW, not like the bird CROW
Tracey Kelusky – kuh-LUH-skee. Not kuh-LOO-skee
Garrett Thul – THOOL
Chad Wiedmaier – WEED-myer
Mike Accursi – uh-KER-see
Stephen Keogh – KEY-o
Matt Vinc – like the name VINCE. Not VINK
Cory Vitarelli – vit-uh-REL-ee
Kasey Beirnes – BEERns. Not BEER-ness
Nick Diachenko – dya-CHENG-ko.
Billy Hostrawser – HO-straw-zer. I got this wrong last year.
Stephen Leblanc – STEFF-in luh-BLONK. Not luh-BLANK.
Dane Dobbie – DOUGH-bee. Not like Dobby.
Karsen Leung – lee-UNG
Tor Reinholdt – RINE-holt
Frankie Scigliano – shill-ee-ANN-o
Geoff Snider – SNY-der. One of my pet peeves is when he’s called SHNY-der.
Tye Belanger – buh-LON-zhay
Joey Cupido – koo-PEE-do
Athan Iannucci – eye-uh-NOOCH-ee
Chet Koneczny – kon-EZ-nee
Creighton Reid – CRAY-ton
Bob Snider – SNY-der
Drew Westervelt – WEST-er-velt
Nik Bilic – Technically BIL-ich but most people say BIL-ik
Chris Corbeil – cor-BEEL
Riley Loewen – LOW-en where LOW does not rhyme with COW.
Brett Mydske – MID-skee
Adrian Sorichetti – sore-i-KET-ee
Kyle Rubisch – ROO-bish. My Scottish relatives might say it like “rubbish” but he’s not.
Rhys Duch – REES DUTCH
Ilija Gajic – ILL-ee-ya GUY-ch
Justin Pychel – PITCH-el
Nick Weiss – WEES. I know, right? Looks like WYSS! But it’s not! The hell, man?
Steve Bermel – BERM-ull. Rhymes with “thermal”. IL Indoor Bandits writer.
Melissa Dafni – DAF-nee. One of my co-hosts on Addicted to Lacrosse.
Jamie Dawick – DOW-ick. DOW rhymes with, you guessed it, COW. Owner of the Rock.
Tyler Fitch – TY-ler FITCH. My other co-host on Addicted to Lacrosse. Easy name to pronounce but I didn’t want to leave him out.
Marisa Ingemi – muh-RISS-a in-JEMM-ee. In Lacrosse We Trust writer.
Darris Kilgour – DARE-iss KILL-gore. Former Bandits coach/GM.
Curt Malawsky – muh-LOW-skee. Had to get another COW rhyme in there. Roughnecks head coach.
Graeme Perrow – GRAY-um PAIR-o. Yours truly.
Craig Rybczynski – rib-CHIN-skee. Knighthawks broadcaster.
Grant Spies – SPEEZ. NLL ref.