Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/24/10
From Press Releases
First-year Philadelphia Wings head coach John Tucker – also a former Wings player – will be one of three people inducted into the National Lacrosse League (NLL) Hall of Fame at its yearly induction ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 9.
The ceremony will be held in Toronto at the Westin Harbour Castle, and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. A live online broadcast of the event is planned to air on The NLL Network at NLL.com. The Hall of Fame ceremonies will take place on the evening following the 2010 Entry Draft, which also occurs on at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle, on Sept. 8.
Earlier this year, the League announced the members of its Hall of Fame Class of 2010: Tucker, Rich Kilgour and Dan Stroup. The Class of 2010 will mark the fifth class of the league’s Hall of Fame, which inducted its Founding Members in 2006.
The three new members received the highest number of votes among the six nominees for this year’s Hall of Fame Class. The Hall of Fame ballots were cast by the league’s member clubs, current members of the league’s Hall of Fame and senior members of the league’s covering media.
Tucker, an original player in the league, played from 1987-1994. Tucker played his first six seasons with Philadelphia and his last two seasons with the Baltimore Thunder. He played 47 games with the Wings from 1987-1992 and was first team all-pro each of the first three seasons the honor was given (1990, 1991, 1992).
He led the league in scoring in the inaugural 1987 season with 26 points. In his 47 games with the Wings, Tucker scored 78 goals, and 96 assists for 174 points. A member of two league championship teams (Wings 1989, 1990) Tucker scored 24 points on eight goals and 16 assists in the playoffs.
He was the 1989 Championship Game MVP scoring a goal and adding four assists in an 11-10 win over New York. Tucker became a head coach in 1997, leading Baltimore to the championship series in 1998. After a four year stint as a head coach in Baltimore and Pittsburgh from 1997-2000, Tucker returned to the league following a long hiatus in 2010 as an assistant coach with the Wings.
“For all the guys like myself who played at the beginning years of the league, our goal was to help create something that would take hold and establish an opportunity for the next generation of players. I am extremely proud to be part of that”, said Tucker. “I can’t begin to explain how thrilled and humbled I am by my selection to the NLL Hall of Fame.”
Wings hire Hall of Famer Mouradian as General Manager
The Wings have named winning National Lacrosse League Executive and Hall of Famer Johnny Mouradian as their General Manager.
Mouradian has been a consultant with the Wings ownership, assisting them in developing a new lacrosse infrastructure, including coordinating and mentoring the coaching staff. He provides guidance and input in the development of team strategy; utilizing some of the best practices he’s employed with other successful NLL organizations where he has proven to be a winning ingredient.
An NLL veteran, Mouradian has nine NLL Championships in a variety of roles with NLL organizations and looks to bring his winning strategy to Philadelphia for the Wings’ 25th Anniversary Season this year.
“Johnny and I have been close personal friends for some time. We have both competed against each other as kids back in Ontario and have been teammates on Canada’s World Teams in the 70s.” said Co-Owner and Executive Vice-President Michael French. “Over the last 20 years we have mostly competed against each other in the NLL with the hope that one day we would be able to collaborate and work together.
“I am very pleased to have him on our side as our General Manager which is a major step forward in strengthening our overall lacrosse operations. His passion and experience will positively impact our entire organization.”
Mouradian has been the President, General Manager, and Advisor to the 2010 World Champion Team, the Washington Stealth. He served as the Head Coach, General Manager, and Managing Director of the Stealth in San Jose from 2003 to 2008.
He has been inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2001 for his achievements as a member of the 1978 national team that won the World Championship in England and in 2010 he was inducted in the player category.
Mouradian is also in the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame, St. Catharines, Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, Lakeport High School Hall of Fame, and the National Lacrosse League Hall of fame.
Town Hall Meeting set for Aug. 29 at Baggataway Tavern in West Conshy
A Town Hall Meeting Meet & Discuss 2011 Season Strategy session with New Wings coaches, executives and players will be held on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. at Baggataway Tavern on 31 Front St., West Conshohocken.
Fans are encouraged to attend the casual, open-forum event. For more information on the location, go to http://www.baggtav.com/Body.htm
Present will be new Wings coach John Tucker, Assistant Coach Tom Slate, GM Johnny Mouradian, Owner Mike French, Alumni Scott Gabrielsen and some current Wings players.
There will be free wings all day for season ticket holders and fans and one free drink.