Rush re-sign Corbeil, Rubisch

The three-time NLL champion Saskatchewan Rush are not wasting any time getting ready for next season.

That point was illustrated in matter-of-fact fashion today as Rush General Manager/Head Coach Derek Keenan announced the signing of team captain Chris Corbeil and fellow defenceman Kyle Rubisch to new one-year contracts (pending league approval). Continue reading “Rush re-sign Corbeil, Rubisch”

KYLE RUBISCH: the best kind of aggressive

Kyle Rubisch of the Rush is known for his hard-nosed approach to the game. He's emerged as a fan favourite in the team's inaugural season.
Kyle Rubisch of the Rush is known for his hard-nosed approach to the game. He’s emerged as a fan favourite in the team’s inaugural season.

A whole lotta Chicken Parmesan, a generous slug of Breezy Banana Booster Juice, some pumping 2 Heads music and Kyle Rubisch is ready to rush onto the field, generally speaking.

Defenseman and assistant captain for the Rush lacrosse team, Rubisch said he’s known for being aggressive. Hard data reveals this has served him well. He is the four-time reigning National Lacrosse League (NLL) Defensive Player of the Year (2012 – 2015) and was named to four straight NLL All-Pro First Teams for the same period. The man who wears Jersey #4 is also very adept at snaring loose balls on the field.

Apparently, that’s what 20 years of play can get you. Rubisch started playing when he was seven.

“I was playing baseball in the summer, until everyone on my hockey team switched to playing lacrosse,” said Rubisch. “I decided to try the game as a defenseman and have been ever since.”

Rubisch continues to love the non-stop action on the field and the excitement the game of lacrosse offers. No one would have to twist his arm to play full-time if that was an option.

“To be able to play the game you love full time would be something special,” he said.

Rubisch, who also answers to ‘Rubes,’ hales from Brampton, Ontario. In between games, he works as an account manager for a company called Imperial Coffee. He feels fortunate to have an employer who gives him the flexibility to travel to Saskatchewan to play the game he loves. So far, he has escaped serious injury.

“Obviously, there have been some nagging injuries from the physical nature of the game, but luckily I haven’t run into anything major.

It seems Rubes is an all around athlete. In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey with friends and playing golf with his dad.

The Rush seem pretty happy with their reception in Saskatoon and they’ve been good sports about getting yanked from Alberta (hey, other things are getting yanked from Alberta too, so why not lacrosse)?

“Both Saskatoon and Edmonton have amazing fan bases,” said Rubisch. “I think the major difference is to be a part of a team in Saskatoon that is new to the city and to see the popularity grow. Getting to witness a whole city embracing the sport and getting behind us has been amazing.” Attendance has been climbing with each game. The masses came out in force for the March 12 game which drew a crowd of over 13,500. Rumour has it walking the concourse at a Blades game is simply not the same.

A recent story in Lacrosse Magazine said most Americans have never heard of Saskatoon. Now, presumably a fraction of America, the lacrosse universe, may have an inkling we exist.

Not that we’re worried.