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Mayors of Edmonton and Rochester Issue Friendly Wager

May 17, 2012

National Lacrosse League championship prompts Mayoral rivalry

With the Edmonton Rush heading to the National Lacrosse League Champion’s Cup for the first time in franchise history, Mayor Stephen Mandel has made a friendly wager with the Mayor of Rochester, New York, Thomas S. Richards.

The Rush and Rochester Knighthawks will compete for the 2012 lacrosse title in Rochester on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

“The City of Edmonton is thrilled to participate in a friendly rivalry with Rochester, New York, to encourage our teams as they play for the National Lacrosse League's Champion’s Cup!” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “Both the Rush and the Knighthawks have worked extremely hard to get to this game, and these stakes pump up the excitement for fans while giving our cities a chance to get to know each other a little better.”

If the Knighthawks come out on top, Mayor Mandel will wear the team’s jersey during an Edmonton City Council meeting. If Edmonton emerges triumphant, Mayor Richards will wear a Rush jersey during a Rochester City Council meeting.

Regardless of the game’s outcome, the Mayors will provide each other a gift basket from their respective cities. Edmonton’s basket will include Cheemo Perogies, Mundare sausage, an Edmonton picture book, locally-brewed Alley Cat beer, a copy of the recently released Edmonton Poets Laureate anthology, and a CD of local singer-songwriter Colleen Brown. Rochester’s basket will include Lilac Hill wine, Zweigle white hots, Genny Beer, Stever’s Candies and Sticky Lips BBQ Sauce.

The Edmonton Rush joined the National Lacrosse League in 2006. The team entered the NLL playoffs as the lowest-seeded team. The Knighthawks will be going after their third National Lacrosse League title, winning the NLL championship in 1997 and 2007.


For more information:

Erica Brusselers

Title Communications Consultant, Office of the Mayor
Telephone 780-496-8105
Fax 780-496-8292
Email erica.brusselers@edmonton.ca
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