Here it is, the 2022 version of the most accurate NLL name pronunciation guide there is. As always, hit me up on twitter if I’ve gotten any of these wrong. And also as always, a big thanks to Stephen Stamp for verifying these.
Names are organized alphabetically within teams.
Ryan Benesch – buh-NESH
Mike Byrne – BURN
Nick Chaykowsky – chay-KOW-skee
Jordan Durston – DER-stun
Doug Jamieson – JAME-uh-sun
Andrew Kew – Q
John LaFontaine – LA-fon-tane
Joe Nardella – nar-DELL-uh
Jackson Nishimura – ni-shi-MOOR-uh
Joe Resatarits – res-uh-TARE-its
Curtis Romanchych – ROW-man-chuk
Jacob Ruest – His mom says roo-EH where EH is pronounced like the e in “best”. Jacob says roo-AY is fine.
Adrian Sorichetti – sore-uh-KET-tee
Kevin Brownell – brow-NELL. brow rhymes with “cow”. Not BROWN-ull.
Doug Buchan – BUCK-in
Kyle Buchanan – byoo-KAN-in
Josh Byrne – BURN
Chris Cloutier – CLOO-chay
Chase Fraser – FRAY-zer, not FRAY-zher
Sam La Roue – la ROO
Brad McCulley – muh-KULL-ee
Marcus Minichiello – MIN-ih-kee-EL-o
Tehoka Nanticoke: day-HO-ga NAN-ti-coke
Steve Priolo – pree-O-lo
Dhane Smith – DANE
Matt Spanger – SPANG-er. Like hanger but with an SP instead
Jordan Stouros – STIR-us
Dalton Sulver – SULL-ver
Matt Vinc – like the name “Vince”. Not VINK.
Nick Weiss – WEES
Reece Callies – REES CAL-ees
Christian del Bianco – dell bee-ANG-ko. I hear “del bee-ONG-ko” a lot, but the a is a short A, not an O.
Zach Herreweyers – HAIR-wires
Harrison Matsuoka – mat-soo-O-kuh
Eli Salama – sa-LA-ma
Ethan Ticehurst – TYSE-herst
Scott Carnegie – CAR-nuh-gee (hard g – like the G in Graeme, not the G in Geoff)
Jalen Chaster – JAY-len CHAS-ter
Joey Cupido – koo-PEE-doe. Not KYOO-pid-o or KOO-pid-o.
Jordan Gilles – GILL-ess. Not the same as Brad Gillies on Halifax.
Dylan Kinnear – kih-NEER
Eli McLaughlin – E-lie muh-GLOCK-lin
TJ Comizio – kuh-MIZ-ee-o
Connor Kirst – KERST
Ryan MacSpadyen – mick-SPADGE-en
Mike Poulin – POO-lin
Kasen Tarbell – KAY-sen. Like Jason, but with a K.
Brad Voigt – VOIT
Craig Wende – Like the name Wendy
Adam Wiedemann – WEED-uh-min
Chris Boushy – BOO-shee
Rhys Duch – REES DUTCH
Eric Fannell – fuh-NELL
Brad Gillies – GILL-ees. Not the same as Jordan Gilles on Colorado.
Graeme Hossack – GRAY-um HOSS-ick
Cody Jamieson – JAME-uh-sun
Stephen Keogh – KEY-o. Not KEY-ho
Stephan Leblanc – STEFF-in luh-BLONK. Not steh-FAWN and not luh-BLANK.
Luc Magnan – LUKE MAG-nun
Clarke Petterson – PEET-er-sun
Trevor Smyth – like SMITH
Ryan Terefenko – tare-uh-FENK-o
Nonkon Thompson – It’s kind of halfway between NUN-go and NOON-go. Use NOON-go but pronounce the U like the oo in “cookie”.
Gowah Abrams – GO-uh
Andrew Borgatti – bor-GA-tee
Callum Crawford – CAL-um. Not CAY-lum.
Scott Dominey – DOM-in-ee. DOM rhymes with bomb.
Ryan Fournier – FOORN-yay
LeRoy Halftown – LEE-roy
Connor Kearnan – KEER-nan
Matt Marinier – ma-RIN-yay
Kieran McArdle – KEER-un muh-KAR-dl
Steven Orleman – OR-luh-min
Greg Puskuldjian – puh-SKULL-jin. I confirmed it.
Leo Stouros – STIR-us. According to Leo, it “rhymes with thermos”.
Jeff Teat – TEET
Jay Thorimbert – THOR-im-burt
Bryce Tolmie – TOLL-me
Luke Van Schepen – van SHEP-in
Liam Byrnes – BURNS
Phil Caputo – ka-POO-toe
Taite Cattoni – TATE ka-TONE-ee
Nick Damude – DAY-mood
Dean Fairall – FAIR-ul
Nathan Grenon – GREH-nun
Matt Hossack – HOSS-ick
Jack Jasinski – jah-SIN-skee
Cam MacLeod – muh-CLOUD
Ryan McLean – muh-KLANE
Josh Medeiros – muh-DEER-os
Kevin Orleman – OR-luh-min
Dawson Theede – THEED
Mike Triolo – tree-O-low
Jordan Trottier – TROT-yay
Trevor Baptiste – bap-TEEST
Steph Charbonneau – STEFF shar-buh-no. Since it’s French, the stress is sort of evenly placed throughout, or even shar-buh-NO, but the Anglicized version is SHAR-buh-no.
Alex Crepinsek – CREP-in-seck
Kevin Crowley – KROW-lee. Not like the bird. KROW rhymes with “cow”.
Isaiah Davis-Allen – eye-ZAY-uh
Anthony Joaquim – JOKE-um
Kiel Matisz – KYLE muh-TEEZ
Blaze Riorden – REER-dun
Eric Shewell – SHOO-ull
Jackson Suboch – SOO-bock
Cory Vitarelli – vit-uh-REL-ee
Charlie Bertrand – BER-trand
Holden Cattoni – ka-TONE-ee
Rylan Hartley – RY-lin. There’s an L in there. It’s not Ryan.
Thomas Hoggarth – HOE-garth
Ryland Rees – RY-land
Jeff Wittig – WIT-ig
Matthieu Boissonneault – BWA-sun-o
Oliver Bolsterli – BOWL-stir-lee
Brandon Clelland – CLELL-and
Dane Dobbie – DOUGH-bee. Not like Dobby.
Justin Geddie – GEDDY
Mark Glicini – gli-SEE-nee
Eli Gobrecht – GO-brekt
Tre Leclaire – TRAY luh-CLARE
Devyn Mayea – MY-yay
Christopher Origlieri – o-RIG-lee-AIR-ee
Tor Reinholdt – RINE-holt
Mikie Schlosser – SHLOSS-er. And yes, it is Mikie, not Mike.
Frank Scigliano – shill-ee-ANN-o
Patrick Shoemay – SHOO-may
Austin Staats – STOTS
Chris Corbeil – cor-BEEL
Dan Lintner – LINT-ner. There are two N’s in there, not LINT-er or LIT-ner.
Mike Messenger – MESS-in-jer
Tristan Rai – RY
Kyle Rubisch – ROO-bish
Adam Shute – SHOOT. Yes, a goalie named SHOOT.
Aaron Forster – FOR-stir. Not Foster.
Latrell Harris – la-TREL
Troy Holowchuk – HOLL-uh-chuck
Billy Hostrawser – HO-straw-zer
TD Ierlan – ER-lin. ER rhymes with HER
Brad Kri – KREE
Phil Mazzuca – muh-ZOO-kuh
Reid Reinholdt – REED RINE-holt
Challen Rogers – CHA-lin
Tom Schreiber – SHRY-ber
Chris Weier – WEER
Keegan Bal – BALL
Reid Bowering – REED BOW-er-ing. BOW rhymes with “cow”
Alex Buque – boo-KAY
Adam Charalambides – shar-lum-BEED-ees
Tyler Codron – COD-run
Tyrell Hamer-Jackson – HAY-mer
Anthony Kalinich – KAL-in-itch
Riley Loewen – LOW-en
Ryan Martel – mar-TELL
Brett Mydske – MET-skee. I usually say (and hear) MID-skee but I got “MET” straight from Brett a few years ago.
Logan Schuss – SHUSS (rhymes with BUS). Not SHUSH, SHOOSH, or SHOOS.
Warriors – WOR-ee-ers. Not WOYERS.
Coaches & Execs
Mike Accursi – uh-CURS-ee. Thunderbirds head coach.
Ed Comeau – kuh-MO. Swarm head coach. Not KO-mo and definitely not KWO-mo.
Jamie Dawick – DOW-ick. DOW rhymes with “cow”. Owner & GM of the Rock.
Clem D’Orazio – duh-RAZZ-ee-o. FireWolves 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-kee. Panther City head coach.
Darris Kilgour – DARE-iss KILL-gore. Not DARE-ee-us. Former Bandits coach/GM.
Dan Ladouceur – la-due-sir. Riptide head coach. Similar to Charbonneau, no accent on any syllable but if you must, it would be la-due-SIR
Curt Malawsky – muh-LAW-skee. Roughnecks head coach.
Dwight Maetche – MET-kee. Warriors assistant coach.
Nick Sakiewicz – sic-KEV-itch. NLL commish.
John Tavares – tuh-VAR-ez. Buffalo coach and legend.
Kaleb Toth – KAY-leb TOE-th, not TAW-th. Warriors assistant coach.
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.
Coquitlam – ko-KWIT-lum. Town in greater Vancouver, BC, home to lots of NLL players. Note that Port Coquitlam (aka Poco) is nearby but is a different town.
New Westminster – west-MIN-ster. Often shortened to just New West. Note that it’s not MIN-is-ter – there is only one i. Also part of the greater Vancouver area and also home to lots of NLL players.
Saskatchewan – səs-CATCH-uh-wən. For more details, see last season’s guide.
Saskatoon – sas-ka-TOON. The emphasis in the word Saskatchewan is on the second syllable while in the word Saskatoon it’s on the third.
Toronto – tor-ON-toe. Or TRON-uh if you’re a Torontonian.
Brad Challoner – CHALL-ah-ner. Brad says it’s like “challenger” without the g. Warriors broadcaster.
Pete Dalliday – DAL-i-day. Thunderbirds play-by-play guy.
Tyson Geick – GUYK. Like Geico without the o. Big Lacrosse Flash team guy and Thunderbirds media dude.
Pat Gregoire – greg-WAHR. Thunderbirds colour guy and Off The Crossebar podcast co-host.
Marisa Ingemi – muh-RISS-a in-JEM-ee. Hockey reporter but got her start writing about lacrosse. Still up for a good goalie fight.
Devan Kaney – DEV-in KAY-nee. NLL content producer and host. Don’t tell anybody but I think she might be a closet Philadelphia Eagles fan too.
Adam Levi – LEE-vee. NLL and Lacrosse Flash writer and podcaster. Big team AND big stats guy.
Ty Merrow – MARE-o. Like bone marrow. Rhymes with Perrow, if that helps. NLL and Lacrosse Flash writer.
Graeme Perrow – GRAY-um PAIR-o. <Waves> Rhymes with Merrow, if that helps.
Craig Rybczynski – rib-CHIN-skee but apparently “rib-ZIN-skee” is acceptable. Knighthawks broadcaster.
Evan Schemenauer – SHEM-en-our. Former 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.
Paul Tutka – TOOT-ka is the Ukrainian pronunciation, but Paul says TUT-ka works too. Writer for The Lax Mag.
These come up in conversations now and again, and I still hear some pronounced incorrectly.
Nik Bilic – bee-LEECH
Creighton Reid – CRAY-tun
Bob or Geoff Snider – SNY-der. not SHNY-der
Mark Steenhuis – STAIN-house