Rush honoured to host

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

It's all going according to plan: Pull off the biggest upset in the history of the franchise on Saturday, host the best players in the world on Sunday.

After coming back to beat the defending National Lacrosse League champion Rochester Knighthawks yesterday, the Edmonton Rush will attempt to be much more gracious hosts this afternoon during the NLL All-star game at Rexall Place.

"It's going to be fabulous for the community and the fans of Edmonton," said Rush head coach and general manager Bob Hamley. "Hats off to the the league for bringing it here and trying to showcase what we think is the greatest game in the world."

The Rush, who have a core base of 10,000 or so fans, are hoping this weekend can broaden their reach. Beating Rochester for their first home win of the season helps. And so too, they believe, will the All-star game.

"That was the whole idea, to get the best players in the game here," said team president Duane Vienneau. "If you haven't been to a game, this is a game where you'll see the best skill ever. You want to expose more fans to your product."

Getting this game is something owner Bruce Urban began pushing for before he even landed the team.

"Bruce is committed to this, and I think the league and the board of governors have seen how much he's committed to this," said Vienneau. "That's why we were able to get this in year three (of their existence).

"It means a lot. You don't get to see players like John Grant very often. Or John Tavares. Guys who've been great for a long time."


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