First Nations Junior B Lacrosse League will have a different look in 2020. Two expansion teams were recently admitted in addition to the returning Tonawanda Jr. Braves, who have been on hiatus since 2017.
New to the FNJBLL are the Allegany Jr. Arrows and Tuscarora Jr. Tomahawks. Rodney Thehotrod Redeye is the Jr. Arrows General Manager while Randy Chrysler leads the Jr. Tomahawks.
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An original member of the league, Tonawanda returns after sitting out two seasons. Wyn Blueye will be the new head coach of the team. Blueye played in the Braves minor association, Junior B with the NOTL Thunderhawks, Braves and USA Indoor Lacrosse. He has coaching experience with both the minors and Sr. Braves.
Jr. Braves GM Jason Pragle is pleased to be a part of the now seven-team league.
“Many players have asked the last couple of years if we were going to return,” said Pragle. “We just needed to have commitment from a coach.”
The past four seasons the circuit had just four teams with a 12-game schedule. Seneca WarChiefs have been dominant since the league inception, winning all six titles. The WarChiefs have medaled at Founders’ Cup five times capturing silver (2014, 2015, 2018) and bronze (2016, 2017 before a fifth place finish in 2019.
Pragle is one of many who are excited for the expansion of FNJBLL saying, “we look forward to the 2020 FNJBLL season. We also anticipate the leagues potential to grow in the future, to give our players the opportunity to play more games.”