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The Raiders Senior B Lacrosse Club was created in 2002 through an expansion directive of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League. The team’s first season of play was 2003 and the team was originally called the Okotoks Glacier. After two seasons under the Glacier mantle the team moved to Calgary and became the Calgary Raiders in 2005. In 2007 the team moved back to Okotoks and was rebranded the DVN Oilfield Raiders. In 2008 the Raiders joined forces with Ascent Consulting and became the Okotoks Ascent Raiders. For 2012 the Raiders are proud to announce that Trojan Safety Services will be the title sponsor. The team will be called the Trojan Safety Raiders.

The Raiders were founded in 2002 by Angus Jenkins, Bryan Kopec and Lyle Michaluk. The early years saw the team populated by players primarily from Saskatchewan and British Columbia. The Raiders’ first captain was Bryan Kopec and he held this position until a season-ending injury in 2009, the same year that the Raiders won the Alberta senior championship and represented the province at the Presidents Cup in Ontario. During Kopec’s injury the ‘C’ was passed to Geordin Flett and Geordin maintained the captaincy throughout the 2010 season. Both Kopec and Flett announced their retirements in the 2011 season, leaving goaltender Angus Jenkins as the lone original founder still on the active roster.

As the Raiders enter their historic 10th season of play the club boasts impressive statistics. The team has compiled an all time win-loss-tie record of 87-58-18 and a Goals For – Goals Against of 1452-1269. This gives the Raiders the second best record in the history of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League behind the vaunted Outlaws. The Raiders have reached the playoffs in nearly all seasons with disappointing results but the addition of Jared McNicol as head coach in 2008 has helped the team to become a perennial provincial force.

The Raiders most successful season occurred in 2009 when they became the first team in over a decade to beat the Outlaws in the playoffs. The Raiders went on to represent Alberta at the Presidents Cup, the National Senior B Lacrosse Championship. At the Presidents Cup the Raiders played well despite a slow start. The Raiders opened up with a 15-7 loss to eventual champions Owen Sound and then went on to beat Massena 9-8, Kahnawake 13-8, and Ladner 4-2. The Raiders finished with a 3-1 record in the round robin, tied with Niagara and host Six Nations. A goals-for/goals-against formula was employed (goals for + goals against divided by goals against) and the Raiders came up on the short end of the stick and were eliminated by a quotient difference of .001

Despite coming back in the 2010 season as favorites the Raiders ran into an ever-improving St. Albert Miners team that utilized old-time lacrosse to defeat the Raiders in the 5th and final provincial championship game.

In 2011 the Raiders came up short again, suffering a first round sweep at the hands of the Calgary Knights. The Raiders failed to make the playoffs for the first time in 6 years during the 2012 season.

2012 ALA Provincial Winners
Gold: Rockyview Knights (Knights win bronze at Presidents Cup in Spruce Grove)
Silver: St. Albert Miners

2011 ALA Provincial Winners
Gold: Sr. Miners
Silver: Calgary Knights (Raiders lose to Knights in first round, 3-0)

2010 ALA Provincial Winners
Gold: St Albert Miners
Silver: Okotoks Ascent HiTech Raiders


2009 ALA Provincial Winners

Gold: Okotoks Ascent HiTech Raiders (Raiders compile 3-1 round robin record at Presidents Cup)
Silver: Calgary Knights

2009 Division Awards

Best Goalie: Ryan Avery - Okotoks Sr. Raiders
Coach of the Year: Jared McNicol - Okotoks Sr. Raiders
Rookie of the Year: Tyler Farmer - Okotoks Sr. Raiders

2008 ALA Provincial Winners
Gold: Sherwood Park Outlaws (Raiders lose to Outlaws in first round, 2-0)
Silver: Airdrie Knights

2007 ALA Provincial Winners
Gold: Sherwood Park Outlaws
Silver: Airdrie Knights (Raiders lose to Knights in playoffs)

2006 ALA Provincial Winners
Gold: Sherwood Park Outlaws
Silver: Airdrie Knights (Raiders lose to Knights in playoffs)

2005 ALA Provincial Winners
Gold: Sherwood Park Outlaws
Silver: Airdrie Knights (Raiders miss playoffs)

2004 ALA Provincial Winners
Gold: Edmonton Outlaws
Silver: Calgary Mountaineers (Raiders lose to Mounties in playoffs)

2003 ALA Provincial Winners
Gold: Edmonton Outlaws
Silver: Calgary Mountaineers (Raiders lose to Mounties in playoffs: 2-1)

 

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