Spencer Bromley (left) and Mike Messenger were both selected by the Saskatchewan Rush of the National Lacrosse League during the draft on Monday night in Toronto.

Lacrosse pair feel rush of the draft

South Surrey’s Spencer Bromley and Cloverdale’s Mike Messenger selected by Saskatchewan

A pair of Surrey lacrosse players are heading to the Prairies after being selected in the National Lacrosse League draft on Monday night in Toronto.

Both Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary grad Mike Messenger and South Surrey’s Spencer Bromley – currently in his senior year at Montreal’s McGill University – were chosen in the draft by the Saskatchewan Rush.

Messenger, who wrapped up his senior season at South Carolina’s NCAA Div. 2 Limestone College in the spring, was picked third overall by the Rush, who also had the first overall selection.

Bromley – who plays junior box lacrosse with the Delta Islanders – was selected in the fifth round, 48th overall.

Bromley, 21, became the first-ever player from the Semiahmoo Rock association to be drafted into the pro ranks of the NLL, and was also the first member of the McGill Redmen to be drafted.

For a while Monday night, Bromley said he didn’t think he’d hear his name called at all.

“I really wasn’t sure what was going to happen going into the night,” he told Peace Arch News Tuesday, adding that he watched a live-stream of the proceedings online from his laptop while sitting in his kitchen.

After “waiting nervously” for a while, Bromley finally heard his name called at about 10:30 p.m.

“The names kept (getting announced) and things were ticking down, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to get drafted at all, and then when I did, there was a bit of disbelief – my heart kind of sank into the pit of my stomach.

“It’s pretty crazy… Everybody who seriously plays this sport dreams of that moment, but sometimes it seems like the day will never come, and when it does, it’s kind of surreal.”

Upon being selected, Bromley – who hadn’t yet heard from the Rush, but expected to in the coming days – said he got a barrage of text messages and calls from friends, family, former teammates and coaches, but admitted that the moment hadn’t quite sunk in at that point.

“They were texting me, and I’m reading them but I just couldn’t believe what they were saying,” he said. “But it’s starting to sink in now.”

Bromley’s selection in the NLL draft is the most recent accomplishment in what has been a summer full of them. Back in August, Bromley and his longtime Semiahmoo Rock teammates Brett Andersen and Connor Davidson became the first three players from the association to participate in the Minto Cup national box lacrosse championship, which this year was held at the Langley Events Centre.

And while Bromley admitted the prestigious tournament didn’t go as well as he or his Delta Islanders mates would have liked, he was grateful for the experience.

“The Minto Cup didn’t end how we would’ve liked, but it was a crazy roller-coaster leading up to that point,” he said.

Bromley was a key member of the Islanders, and is equally as important to his field-lacrosse squad at McGill, where he is a co-captain.

His McGill coach Tim Murdoch was thrilled to see Bromley selected Monday.

“We are delighted that Spencer Bromley has been drafted by Saskatchewan… I have no doubt that (they) will benefit greatly from Spencer’s leadership abilities, his intense work ethic, toughness and never-quit winning mentality,” he said in an email to Peace Arch News.

“We are very proud that Spencer has represented McGill so well.”

Like Bromley, Messenger has had a season full of accolades, as well.

The defenceman – deemed “pro ready” in a Rush news release issued this week – scored 60 goals in his senior season at Limestone College and was named the Div. 2 Most Outstanding Player. He led Limestone to back-to-back NCAA Div. 2 lacrosse championships, in 2014 and ’15.

“We’re really thrilled to get Mike Messenger on board,” said Saskatchewan head coach Derek Keenan. “He’s a big, physical defender who fits our style… we think he can come in and play right away.”

Upon completion of his college career, Messenger played part of the summer with the New Westminster Salmonbellies of the Western Lacrosse Association. He scored four goals and seven points in eight regular-season contests, then added two goals and an assist in five playoff games.

While Messenger might head straight into an NLL lineup, Bromley – who is in the midst of the field-lacrosse season with the Redmen – may have a more difficult time making the jump because he is still in school.

His field-lacrosse schedule wraps up in early November, with NLL training camps set to begin shortly thereafter; the NLL season begins in late December.

Though he would have to juggle school work, not to mention a lengthy commute between Montreal and Saskatoon, Bromley said if he made the team out of training camp he could balance both life at McGill during the week with weekend games with the Rush.

“It’d be tough – definitely a busy schedule – but I think I could do it,” said Bromley, who is majoring in economics with a minor in finance at McGill. “I’m just excited to (get through) my last year of school here and then get started.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vancouver Police were at a White Rock home Oct. 20 to conduct a search warrant. (Aaron Hinks photo)
ERT response to White Rock home connected to homicide: police

Search underway in the 15800-block of Prospect Crescent

Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (Graeme Roy/The Canadian Press)
CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of Oct. 18

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

Ivan Scott. (Aaron Hinks photo)
Surrey mayor enters word war with speakers, councillor

McCallum calls brief recess after asking two speakers to leave chambers

Signs at a new COVID-19 testing and collection centre at 14577 66th Ave. in Surrey. It was relocated from an urgent primary care centre near Surrey Memorial Hospital. This new centre allows for up to 800 tests per day, which is 550 more than the previous centre, according to Fraser Health. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Surrey’s COVID-19 case count exceeds 1,800

About 800 new cases in September

Montreal-based writer Michael Foy grew up in the Newton area of Surrey. (submitted photo)
Surrey-raised writer Foy really loves to set his short stories in the city

His latest is published in ‘Canadian Shorts II’ collection

FILE – People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing facility in Burnaby, B.C., on Thursday, August 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
167 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death recorded as B.C. enters 2nd wave

Three new healthcare outbreaks also announced

Maple Meadows Station’s new Bike Parkade. TransLink photo
TransLink to remove abandoned or discarded bicycles from bike parkades

Rules at TransLink bike parkades ask customers to use facilities for single day use only

This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 particle isolated from a patient, in a laboratory in Fort Detrick, Md. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NIAID/NIH via AP
At least 49 cases of COVID-19 linked to wedding in Calgary: Alberta Health

McMillan says the city of Calgary has recently seen several outbreaks linked to social gatherings

UBC geoscientists discovered the wreckage of a decades-old crash during an expedition on a mountain near Harrison Lake. (Submitted photo)
Wreckage of decades-old plane crash discovered on mountain near Harrison Lake

A team of Sts’ailes Community School students helped discover the twisted metal embedded in a glacier

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

The official search to locate Jordan Naterer was suspended Saturday Oct. 17. Photo courtesy of VPD.
‘I am not leaving without my son,’ says mother of missing Manning Park hiker

Family and friends continue to search for Jordan Naterer, after official efforts suspended

A bear similar to this black bear is believed responsible for killing a llama in Saanich on Oct. 19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bear kills llama on Vancouver Island, prompting concerns over livestock

Officers could not track the bear they feel may not fear humans

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
RCMP cleared in fatal shooting of armed Lytton man in distress, police watchdog finds

IIO spoke to seven civillian witnesses and 11 police officers in coming to its decision

Most Read