I wrote this article the first time as a bit of a joke, because I got annoyed hearing NLL players’ names being mispronounced by play-by-play guys all the time. Then it kept happening with new players, so I’ve written a new version every year since. I sometimes think maybe the situation is getting better, evidenced by the fact that I didn’t feel compelled to write this article quite as much this year as in previous years. But then the other day I heard the New England announcers say Joey Cupido’s last name as KOO-pid-o and then discuss how it should be pronounced, decide (correctly) on koo-PEE-do, and then proceed to say it wrong the rest of the game. So here we are.
Names are organized alphabetically within teams.
Ryan Benesch – buh-NESH
Bryce Brochu – BRO-shoe
Kevin Brownell – brow-NELL. brow rhymes with “cow”.
Davide DiRuscio – DAY-vid dih-ROOSH-ee-o
Alexander Kedoh Hill – Kedoh sounds like KID-o
Steve Priolo – pree-O-lo
Blaze Riorden – REER-dun
Dhane Smith – DANE
Mark Steenhuis – STAIN-house
Nick Weiss – WEES
Holden Cattoni – ka-TONE-ee
Christian del Bianco – dell bee-AHN-ko
Dane Dobbie – DOUGH-bee. Not like Dobby.
Greg Harnett – har-NET
Jon Harnett – coincidentally, also har-NET
Karsen Leung – lee-UNG
Riley Loewen – LOW-en. LOW is like the word “low”, not rhyming with “cow”.
Tor Reinholdt – RINE-holt
Frank Scigliano – shill-ee-ANN-o. And it’s Frank now, not Frankie.
Keegan Bal – KEE-gan BALL
Alexis Buque – boo-KAY
Callum Crawford – CAL-um. Not CAY-lum.
Joey Cupido – koo-PEE-do. Not KYOO-pid-o or KOO-pid-o
Ilija Gajic – ILL-ee-ya GUY-ch
Jordan Gilles – GILL-ess. Not the same as Brad Gillies on Rochester.
Zach Herreweyers – HAY-wires. I know, right?
Stephen Keogh – KEY-o
Eli McLaughlin – E-lie muh-GLOCK-lin
Nick Ossello – aw-SELL-o
Creighton Reid – CRAY-ton
Jacob Ruest – roo-EH (or if you’re Canadian, it’s roo, eh?)
Mitch Belisle – buh-LYLE
Alex Crepinsek – CREP-in-seck
Kiel Matisz – KYLE muh-TEEZ
Mike Poulin – POO-lin
Randy Staats – STOTS. Rhymes with “slots”. Not STATS.
Leo Stouros – STORE-os
Kevin Crowley – KROW-lee. Not like the bird. KROW rhymes with “cow”.
Ryan Hotaling – ho-TAL-ing
Derek Searle – SERL. Rhymes with pearl.
Jay Thorimbert – THOR-im-burt. I would have guessed THOR-im-bare (and had it that way on this list in previous years) but that’s wrong.
Tyler Ferreira – fur-AIR-uh
Brad Gillies – GILL-ees. Not the same as Jordan Gilles on Colorado.
Graeme Hossack – HOSS-ack. I’m only listing his last name because you all know how to say his first name, right? RIGHT? OK fine, it’s GRAY-um.
Luc Magnan – LUKE MAG-nun. I would have expected man-YON but I’ve never heard it pronounced that way.
Joe Resetarits – res-uh-TARE-its
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
Brett Mydske – MID-skee
Kyle Rubisch – ROO-bish
Adrian Sorichetti – sore-i-KET-ee
Kasey Beirnes – BEERns. Not BEER-ness and not BURNS.
Phil Caputo – ka-POO-toe
Latrell Harris – la-TREL. If you’re the ACC announcer, stretch it out so that it takes you 15 seconds to say Latrell.
Rob Hellyer – HELL-yer
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.
Kieran McArdle – KEER-un muh-KAR-dl
Reid Reinholdt – REED RINE-holt
Tom Schreiber – SHRY-ber. I’d be surprised if anyone reading this can’t pronounce this name, considering how often his name has been mentioned this season among NLL folks.
Tye Belanger – buh-LAHN-jay
Brandon Clelland – CLELL-and
Rhys Duch – REES DUTCH
Thomas Hoggarth – HOE-garth
Chris O’Dougherty – O DORT-ee. Or O DOUGH-erty if you say it slowly.
James Rahe – RAY
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.
Steve Govett – GUV-it. President & GM of the Mammoth.
Mike Hasen – HAY-zen. Not HAN-sen. Knighthawks head coach.
Tracey Kelusky – kuh-LUSS-key. Not kuh-LOOS-key. Black Wolves assistant coach.
Darris Kilgour – DARE-iss KILL-gore. Not DARE-ee-us. Former Bandits coach/GM.
Curt Malawsky – muh-LAW-skee. Roughnecks head coach.
Nick Sakiewicz – sic-KEV-itch. NLL commish.
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.
John Fraser – FRAY-zer. Not FRAY-zher (i.e. not pronounced like the TV show Frasier). Rush play by play dude.
Casey Guerin – GARE-in. Rush broadcaster.
Marisa Ingemi – muh-RISS-a in-JEM-ee. In Lacrosse We Trust writer.
Graeme Perrow – GRAY-um PAIR-o. Yours truly.
Craig Rybczynski – He told me it’s rib-CHIN-skee but he himself frequently says it as “rib-ZIN-skee”. Knighthawks broadcaster.