It’s back and better than ever! The complete list of NLL people with weird, hard-to-pronounce, and not-that-hard-to-pronounce-but-people-get-it-wrong-anyway names, and how to say them properly. I’ve basically copied last year’s list, moved players to their new teams, added some rookies and players I missed, and added an entire paragraph on the word “Saskatchewan” which I’m sure some people will tell me is still wrong. I also added a few First Nations terms commonly heard in the lacrosse world.
Thanks again this year to Stephen Stamp for confirming these pronunciations. Stamper and I both confirmed many of these with the players themselves or their families, so thanks to them as well.
Names are organized alphabetically within teams.
Kevin Brownell – brow-NELL. brow rhymes with “cow”. Not BROWN-ull.
Josh Byrne – BURN
Jordan Durston – DER-stun
Chase Fraser – FRAY-zer, not FRAY-zher
Matt Gilray – GILL-ray
Zach Herreweyers – HAIR-wires (not HAY-wires as many say and as I had in previous years)
Thomas Hoggarth – HO-garth
Steve Priolo – pree-O-lo
Dhane Smith – DANE
Matt Spanger – SPANG-er. Like hanger but with an SP instead
Mark Steenhuis – STAIN-house
Matt Vinc – like the name “Vince”. Not VINK.
Nick Weiss – WEES
Chris Boushy – BOO-shee
Reece Callies – REES CAL-ees
Mike Carnegie – CAR-nuh-gee (hard g)
Christian del Bianco – dell bee-AHN-ko
Dane Dobbie – DOUGH-bee. Not like Dobby.
Rhys Duch – REES DUTCH. Frequently pronounced through sobs in Vancouver this year.
Greg Harnett – har-NET
Anthony Kalinich – KAL-in-itch. I had ka-LIN-itch last year, but that’s wrong.
Riley Loewen – LOW-en. LOW is like the word “low”, not rhyming with “cow”. Interesting aside: the original German pronunciation would be like “LER-ven” but without pronouncing the R (there’s no really good equivalent in English). Loewen is an alternate spelling of Löwen, the German word for “lions”.
Ryan Martel – mar-TELL
Eli Salama – sa-LA-ma
Ryan Benesch – buh-NESH
Scott Carnegie – CAR-nuh-gee (hard g)
Joey Cupido – koo-PEE-doe. Not KYOO-pid-o or KOO-pid-o.
Julian Garritano – gar-uh-TAN-o
Jordan Gilles – GILL-ess. Not the same as Brad Gillies on Rochester.
Stephen Keogh – KEY-o
Eli McLaughlin – E-lie muh-GLOCK-lin
Jacob Ruest – roo-EH where EH is pronounced like the e in “best”. Not roo-AY.
Dillon Ward – WOL
Holden Cattoni – ka-TONE-ee
Alex Crepinsek – CREP-in-seck
Kevin Orleman – OR-luh-min
Mike Poulin – POO-lin
Randy Staats – STOTS. Rhymes with “slots”. Not STATS.
Leo Stouros – STIR-us. According to Leo, it “rhymes with thermos”.
Jerome Thompson – Prefers to to be called Hiana, pronounced HY-nuh
Adam Wiedemann – WEED-uh-min
Alex Buque – boo-KAY. However apparently when playing in junior, he pronounced it rhyming with “spook”.
Nick Chaykowsky – chay-KOW-skee
Callum Crawford – CAL-um. Not CAY-lum.
Dave Emala – EM-a-la
Ryan Fournier – FOORN-yay
John LaFontaine – LA-fon-tane
Stephan Leblanc – STEFF-in luh-BLONK. Not steh-FAWN and not luh-BLANK.
Jackson Nishimura – ni-shi-MOOR-uh
Trevor Baptiste – bap-TEEST
Doug Buchan – BUCK-in
Liam Byrnes – BURNS
Steph Charbonneau – STEFF CHAR-buh-no
Chris Cloutier – CLOO-chay
Kevin Crowley – KROW-lee. Not like the bird. KROW rhymes with “cow”.
Davide DiRuscio – DAY-vid dih-ROOSH-ee-o
Vaughn Harris – VON
Anthony Joaquim – JOKE-um, unlike teammate Joakim Miller
Chet Koneczny – kuh-NEKTS-nee. Direct from Chet: “connects-knee”
Kiel Matisz – KYLE muh-TEASE
Joakim Miller – YOKE-um, unlike teammate Anthony Joaquim
Adam Osika – o-SEE-kuh
Blaze Riorden – REER-dun
Eric Shewell – SHOO-ull
James Barclay – BAR-klay
Eric Fannell – fuh-NELL
Brad Gillies – GILL-ees. Not the same as Jordan Gilles on Colorado.
Graeme Hossack – GRAY-um HOSS-ick
Luc Magnan – LUKE MAG-nun
Greg Puskuldjian – pus-KOOL-jee-in. Thanks Connor Wilson
Joe Resetarits – res-uh-TARE-its
Pat Saunders – SAWN-ders. Not SAND-ers.
Luke Van Schepen – van SHEP-in
Cory Vitarelli – vit-uh-REL-ee
Brandon Clelland – CLELL-and
Garrett Epple – EPP-il. Sounds like a South African saying “apple”.
Rylan Hartley – RY-lin. There’s an L in there. It’s not Ryan.
Connor Kearnan – KEER-nin
Tor Reinholdt – RINE-holt
Mike Schlosser – SHLOS-er
Ethan Schott – SHOT
Frank Scigliano – shill-ee-ANN-o
Adrian Sorichetti – sore-i-KET-ee
Austin Staats – STOTS
Nik Bilic – BEE-leech according to Nik himself. Many people say bee-LEETCH which he’s apparently OK with. Not BILL-ick or BILL-itch.
Chris Corbeil – cor-BEEL
Nick Finlay – FIN-lee
Tyler Gaulton – GOLL-tun
Matt Hossack – HOSS-ick
Mike Messenger – MESS-in-jer
Brett Mydske – MID-skee
Kyle Rubisch – ROO-bish
Adam Shute – SHOOT. I love that there’s a goalie named SHOOT. Like former major league pitcher Bob Walk.
Saskatchewan – Well, it’s complicated. I got in trouble last year because I listed it as “sas-CATCH-uh-won” which is how I’ve been pronouncing it all my life, but apparently that’s wrong. The last syllable shouldn’t be “won”, and it shouldn’t really be “win” either. It should be “wən” where the ə symbol is a “schwa”, indicating an “unstressed and toneless central vowel sound”. Say it like there is no vowel there at all, like “sas-CATCH-uh-wn”. And some locals pronounce the first syllable as “sis” rather than “sas”, though I’d say the first vowel should also be a schwa. The end result is səs-CATCH-uh-wən. Or just say “the Rush” or do like Brian Shanahan and say “Saskatoon”.
Phil Caputo – ka-POO-toe
Scott Dominey – DOM-in-ee
Latrell Harris – la-TREL
Billy Hostrawser – HO-straw-zer
Brad Kri – KREE
Dan Lintner – LINT-ner. There are two N’s in there, not LINT-er or LIT-ner.
Kieran McArdle – KEER-un muh-KAR-dl
Creighton Reid – CRAY-ton REED
Challen Rogers – CHA-lin
Tom Schreiber – SHRY-ber
Jay Thorimbert – THOR-im-burt
Alec Tulett – TULL-it (not TOO-lit like I had before)
Keegan Bal – BALL
Jean-Luc Chetner – ZHON-luke CHET-ner
Tyler Codron – COD-run
Dan Lomas – LOW-mus
Joel McCready – muh-CREED-ee
Reid Mydske – MID-skee
Chris O’Dougherty – O DORT-ee. Or O DOUGH-erty if you say it slowly.
James Rahe – RAY. Not RAY-EE or RAY-HE.
Logan Schuss – SHUSS (rhymes with BUS). Not SHUSH, SHOOSH, or SHOOS.
Warriors – WOR-ee-ers. It’s a pet peeve of mine when people say it quickly enough that it sounds like WOYERS. Three syllables, people.
Coaches & Execs
Ed Comeau – ko-MO. Swarm head coach. I’ve had this as KO-mo for years but apparently that’s wrong.
Jamie Dawick – DOW-ick. DOW rhymes with “cow”. Owner & GM of the Rock.
Clem D’Orazio – duh-RAZZ-ee-o. Black Wolves assistant coach.
Steve Govett – GUV-it. President of the San Diego Seals.
Mike Hasen – HAY-zen. Not HAN-sen. Knighthawks head coach.
Tracey Kelusky – kuh-LUSS-key. In the past I’ve included that kuh-LOOS-key is wrong, but apparently Tracey himself doesn’t care how you say it. Wings assistant coach.
Darris Kilgour – DARE-iss KILL-gore. Not DARE-ee-us. Former Bandits coach/GM.
Dan Ladouceur – ladda-SIR. Assistant coach of the Swarm.
Curt Malawsky – muh-LAW-skee. Roughnecks head coach.
Nick Sakiewicz – sic-KEV-itch. NLL commish.
Kaleb Toth – KAY-leb TOE-th, not TAW-th. Former NLL player and coach. Hearing Toth’s name mispronounced on a broadcast (after a decade as a star in the league) was the inspiration for the very first pronunciation guide.
First Nations terms
Haudenosaunee – HO-dun-uh-SHO-nee. The collective name for the people belonging to the Six Nations: Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora.
Iroquois – In Canada it’s EAR-uh-kwa, in the US it’s EAR-uh-kwoy. Another name for the Haudenosaunee people.
Tewaarton – tuh-WAHR-tun. The Mohawk name for the sport of lacrosse and the name of the award given annually to the top American college lacrosse player.
Steve Bermel – BERM-ull. Rhymes with “thermal”. IL Indoor writer and occasional Bandits colour commentator.
Brad Challoner – CHALL-ah-ner. Brad says it’s like “challenger” without the g. Warriors broadcaster.
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.
Tyson Geick – GUYK. Like Geico without the o. Former NLL host. Big team guy.
Pat Gregoire – greg-WAHR. Alternate pronunciation: SMO-kin PAT. IL Indoor writer.
Marisa Ingemi – muh-RISS-a in-JEM-ee. Boston Herald hockey reporter. Did you know: she used to be a lacrosse player writer!
Tehoka Nanticoke: day-HO-ga NAN-ti-coke. No, he’s not an NLL player but he will be someday and if you follow lacrosse at all, you’ve likely heard his name.
Graeme Perrow – GRAY-um PAIR-o. Yours truly.
Craig Rybczynski – rib-CHIN-skee but apparently “rib-ZIN-skee” is acceptable. Knighthawks broadcaster.
Evan Schemenauer – SHEM-en-our. Lacrosse blogger over at laxallstars.com and co-host of the Lacrosse Classified podcast.
Stephen Stamp – STEE-ven. STAMP-er is also acceptable. IL Indoor writer and editor, podcaster, name pronunciation verifier.