The NLL Pronunciation Guide 2022

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.


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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”.

New York

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.

Photo credit: Jack Dempsey


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

Panther City

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

San Diego

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.

Place names

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.

Former players

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


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