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Atlanta Blaze Team History

October 9, 2017
Your Atlanta Blaze are the newest franchise in Major League Lacrosse. The Blaze was announced as the League’s newest expansion team on August 7, 2015, with Peter Trematerra as the owner. The Blaze brought the first professional lacrosse team to Georgia, showcasing talent such as Kevin Rice, Graeme Hossack, Adam Ghitelman, and local product Walton High School graduate, Scott Ratliff.

In 2016, the coaching staff of Head Coach John Tucker and Assistant Coach Dave Huntley had a rough start, losing the first two games before winning the next two with a 10+ margin. The Blaze ultimately ended with a 4-10 record, second to last in the league despite a mid-season coaching change wherein Coach Tucker was released from his contract and Assistant Coach Dave Huntley took the role with Director of Player Personnel Spencer Ford assuming the role of General Manager and Assistant Coach. Despite the less than desirable season, it was a season that created personal single-season records for Blaze players that still stand.

2017 was a year of growth for Atlanta, as the Blaze began to find their stride offensively, led by attacker Kevin Rice who became the first player to score 100 points in a Blaze jersey. 2017 also brought important team records such as highest win margin (13 against the Florida Launch) and most All-Stars (Adam Ghitelman, Matt Mackrides, James Pannell, Kevin Rice, and Scott Ratliff). The Blaze finished 6-8, just one game short of a playoff berth, and though they finished second to last once again, their record was markedly better, with high hopes for 2018.