Presenting the NLL Pronunciation Guide for the 2016 season. This is the fifth year I’ve done this, and it seems to grow in popularity every year. Teddy Jenner even linked to it in a recent IL Indoor article. The league makes such a list as well but I saw last year’s, and even that had some names wrong.
This was originally done because I got tired of hearing play-by-play guys and other announcers talking about NLL players and butchering their names. As I said in last year’s article, this isn’t really done as a criticism of announcers who get them wrong; many of them are new to lacrosse or the NLL so they’re simply not as familiar with the players as others.
Maybe someday the broadcasters will be full-time employees of the teams or league and familiar enough with the players that this isn’t an issue anymore. Until then, I shall persist in this endeavour.
Names are organized alphabetically within teams.
Ryan Benesch – buh-NESH
Kevin Brownell – brow-NELL. brow rhymes with “cow”.
Chad Culp – CHAD CULP. Like BIG GULP.
Davide Diruscio – DAY-vid dih-ROOSH-ee-o
Tyler Ferreira – fur-AIR-uh
Alexander Kedoh Hill – Kedoh sounds like KID-o
Steve Priolo – pree-O-lo
Dhane Smith – DANE
Mark Steenhuis – STAIN-house
Jay Thorimbert – THOR-im-burt
Nick Weiss – WEES
Dane Dobbie – DOUGH-bee. Not like Dobby.
Greg Harnett – har-NET
Jon Harnett – no idea
Karsen Leung – lee-UNG
Mike Poulin – POO-lin
Frankie Scigliano – shill-ee-ANN-o
Bob Snider – SNY-der. Not SHNY-der.
Alex Buque – boo-KAY
Callum Crawford – CAL-um. Not CAY-lum.
Joey Cupido – koo-PEE-do. Not KYOO-pid-o.
Ilija Gajic – ILL-ee-ya GUY-ch
Jordan Gilles – GILL-ess. Not the same as Brad Gillies.
Eli McLaughlin – E-lie muh-GLOCK-lin
Creighton Reid – CRAY-ton
Corbyn Tao – COR-bin TOW. TOW rhymes with “cow”.
Mitch Belisle – buh-LYLE
Alex Crepinsek – CREP-in-seck
Josh Gillam – GILL-um. Not GILL-ee-um
Jordan Houtby – HOWT-bee. Kinda rhymes with “house”.
Joe Maracle – MARE-a-cull. Similar to “miracle”.
Kiel Matisz – KYLE muh-TEEZ
Randy Staats – STOTS. Rhymes with “slots”. Not STATS.
Tye Belanger – buh-LAHN-jay
Kevin Crowley – KROW-lee. Not like the bird. KROW rhymes with “cow”.
Ryan Hotaling – ho-TAL-ing
Brian Megill – muh-GILL
Jimmy Purves – PURR-viss
Brad Gillies – GILL-ees. Not the same as Jordan Gilles.
Graeme Hossack – GRAY-um HOSS-ack
Stephen Keogh – KEY-o
Joe Resetarits – res-uh-TARE-its
Derek Searle – SURL. Rhymes with “pearl”. Also pronounced ROOK-ee PUNK depending on who you ask.
Matt Vinc – like the name “Vince”. Not VINK.
Cory Vitarelli – vit-uh-REL-ee
Nik Bilic – bee-LEETCH but many people say BIL-itch. Definitely not BIL-ik.
Chris Corbeil – cor-BEEL
Riley Loewen – LOW-en. LOW is like the word “low”, not rhyming with “cow”.
Brett Mydske – MID-skee
Adrian Sorichetti – sore-i-KET-ee
Kyle Rubisch – ROO-bish
Kyle Aquin – a-KWIN
Kasey Beirnes – BEERns. Not BEER-ness and not BURNS.
Rob Hellyer – HELL-yer. Don’t forget the Y – it’s not HELL-er.
Billy Hostrawser – HO-straw-zer
Bradley Kri – KREE
Stephan Leblanc – STEFF-in luh-BLONK. Not steh-FAWN and not luh-BLANK.
Dan Lintner – LINT-ner. There are two N’s in there, not LINT-er or LIT-ner.
Luc Magnan – LUKE MAG-nun. I would have expected man-YON but I’ve never heard it pronounced that way.
Brock Sorensen – SOR-en-sen
Keegan Bal – KEE-gan BALL
Rhys Duch – REES DUTCH
Tyler Hass – HASS. Not HOSS. Rhymes with pass.
Jeff Moleski – muh-LESS-ski
Chris O’Dougherty – O DORT-ee. Or O DOUGH-erty if you say it slowly.
Logan Schuss – SHUSS (rhymes with BUS). Not SHUSH, SHOOSH, or SHOOS.
Coaches & Execs
Aime Caines – AMY CANES. Swarm assistant coach.
Ed Comeau – KO-mo. Swarm head coach.
Jamie Dawick – DOW-ick. DOW rhymes with “cow”. Owner & GM of the Rock.
Lee Genier – JEN-yay. President of the Saskatchewan Rush.
Steve Govett – GUV-it. President & GM of the Mammoth.
Mike Hasen – HAY-zen. Knighthawks head coach.
Darris Kilgour – DARE-iss KILL-gore. Not DARE-ee-us. Former Bandits coach/GM.
Curt Malawsky – I’ve had muh-LOW-skee (LOW rhymes with “cow”) on this list for years but that’s wrong. It’s muh-LAW-skee. Thanks Jake Elliott. Roughnecks head coach.
Dan Perreault – pair-O. Sounds similar to my name but the emphasis is on the O. Stealth head coach.
Nick Sakiewicz – sic-KEV-itch. NLL commish.
Kyle Sorensen – SOR-en-sen. Stealth
defenseman assistant coach assistant GM.
Kaleb Toth – KAY-leb TOE-th, not TAW-th. Stealth assistant coach.
Steve Bermel – BERM-ull. Rhymes with “thermal”. Bandits beat writer.
Melissa Dafni – DAF-nee. One of my co-hosts on Addicted to Lacrosse.
Tyler Fitch – TY-ler FITCH. My other co-host on Addicted to Lacrosse.
Marisa Ingemi – muh-RISS-a in-JEM-ee. In Lacrosse We Trust writer.
Graeme Perrow – GRAY-um PAIR-o. Yours truly.
Craig Rybczynski – rib-CHIN-skee. Knighthawks broadcaster.
Grant Spies – SPEEZ. NLL ref.
When you generously had me guest on “Addicted to Lacrosse” last year, I knew as soon as it was out of my mouth that I had mispronounced “Vinc” with a hard c. D’oh.
No one knows how to pronounce “Jon Harnett.”