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CHAMPION’S CUP TO RETURN TO BREAD AND CHEESE DAY
05/17/2013 - 10:12am

By Craig Rybczynski - The back-to-back National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Knighthawks will share the Champion’s Cup with thousands of fans Monday morning. For the second straight year, the Knighthawks will show off their newest hardware at the annual Bread and Cheese Day Parade in Six Nations.

“The Six Nations community has been extremely supportive of the Rochester Knighthawks. It is a wonderful opportunity to share the Championship with a community where lacrosse is an integral part of their culture,” said Mike Accursi. “I look forward to once again enjoying the memories of our Championship and creating new ones with my teammates and the wonderful people of Six Nations.”

Rochester will showcase the Cup in the 116th Bread and Cheese Day Parade, which begins at Chiefswood Park and ends at the Gaylord Powless Arena. The event ushers in a holiday that commemorates the gifts given to the people of Six Nations by Queen Victoria.

Following the parade, the players and staff will carry the Cup through Gaylord Powless Arena as they collect their bread and cheese. The practice is customary on the day that was originally established in the 1800’s to celebrate the close ties between Six Nations and the British Crown.

The event has been a yearly tradition for Cody Jamieson, who remembers enjoying the parade, food and carnival games as a kid. Now as a participant in the event, Jamieson, won has won two Cups in three seasons as a pro, hopes to inspire young lacrosse players in his community.

“That is the joy of it. It’s seeing the kids and giving them something to aspire to, and encouraging them to continue their careers,” he said.

Players, members of the coaching staff, Owner and General Manager Curt Styres, front office staff, friends and family members will also take part in the day’s festivities. Knighthawks forward Craig Point cannot wait to carry the Cup through the lines of fans, sharing the experience of back-to-back championships. Last season, Jamieson and Point filled the large silver bowl on top of the Champion’s Cup with bread and cheese.

“It's going to be awesome! It made a lot of people proud, including our great team and staff,” he said. “All the hard work we've gone through over the last couple of years has paid off yet again. We are back-to-back champs!”

Styres, who is from Six Nations, will be joined by local lacrosse stars and Knighthawks Jamieson, Point, Sid Smith and Johnny Powless. Joe Walters, Jamie Batson, Accursi, Matt Vinc, Ian Llord, Paul and Dan Dawson also will attend the event. Monday is an opportunity for the Knighthawks to reconnect after a memorable night when they captured the team’s fourth NLL Championship.

With an 11-10 win over the Washington Stealth on May 11th, Rochester became the first team to win back-to-back titles since the Toronto Rock (2002-03). Jamieson was named the Game MVP for the second consecutive season, joining John Tavares as the only player to achieve that feat.

“Having your name mentioned with his is more than I ever expected,” said Jamieson, who cited his teammates’ efforts in winning the game. “Individual awards are not that important. There are a bunch of guys who stepped up in the game and could have won the award.”

After the parade, the team will proceed to the home of Curt Styres for a cookout. The players and their families will enjoy a barbeque dinner, picnic games and swimming. It’s a chance to relax after another frenetic season, which ended with a second consecutive championship.

The Knighthawks players will conclude the day by attending the Six Nations Arrows’ home opener against the Brampton Excelsiors. Members of the 2013 NLL Champion Rochester Knighthawks will receive on-floor recognition before the 4:00 p.m. Junior “A” contest. For the second straight season, Powless will play in the Arrows’ opener after winning the Champion’s Cup. His goal now is bringing a Minto Cup back to Six Nations for the first time since the 2007 season.

“If I can get the Minto and win both titles in the same year, that would be a dream come true,” he said. “I am looking forward to start playing summer ball again.”


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