New England Lacrosse Journal - April 2017 - 12
NEW ENGLAND BLACK WOLVES
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Black Wolves has been a productive one.
Despite not having a championship, Veltman's teams reached the playoffs every season of his career. His numbers may not have
ever been as high as they were in Boston,
but in the following six seasons, he did score
60-plus points twice and never scored fewer
than 38 points.
When the opportunity arrived to come
back to New England, there were several reasons Veltman felt it was a good fit.
"I was fortunate enough to play a few
years with (current Black Wolves leading
scorer) Shawn Evans in Calgary," he said.
"As soon as I was released by Buffalo, he
was one of the first guys that reached out. I
thought that was the sign of a good captain,
teammate and friend."
Another reason for signing with the Black
Wolves was his uncle, Jim Veltman, who is a
coach on the team's staff.
Jim Veltman became New England's defensive coordinator in June 2015. An NLL
Hall of Fame inductee in 2009, he won eight
league championships with the Buffalo
Bandits and Toronto Rock, and he also was
a Rock captain for 10 years. He holds the
league records for groundballs in the regular
season (2,417) and playoffs (330).
"Unfortunately, I missed my uncle (in
the league) by a year," the younger Veltman
said. "He retired in '08 and I was drafted in
'09. I wasn't able to play with him or compete against him, so when I was released and
New England called me, it gave me that second opportunity to work with my uncle.
"He tweaks my game here and there, little
reminders," he added. "I've heard it growing
up, and it's good to hear at the professional
level as well."
He may not put up the statistics his former Calgary teammate Evans does, but it's
his adapted style of play that attracted Black
Wolves head coach Glenn Clark to signing
"When you go back and watch the film,
you look at his stat line and it might be underwhelming, but you look at what happens in the
framework of our offense," he said. "He set a
pick for Kyle Buchanan to shoot. He does subtle things sometimes even we miss that makes
your group better. He anticipates well.
"In Georgia, we had five offensive re-possessions and he's part of that," Clark added.
"He protects the ball. He's aware in transition,
and knows when to stop it and when to come
off. He does a lot of subtle things that make
our offense better and more complete. If you
look at the stat line, he's not doing much but
the stuff he does allows Kevin (Crowley), Kyle
HUNTING DOWN WINS.
it's good to
hear at the
level as well.'
- Daryl Veltman
on playing for his uncle,
Jim Veltman, the
and Shawn to get three goals each."
He's also made an impact on the team's
place in the standings.
The Black Wolves stumbled out of the
gate, going 0-3 to start the season. Prior to
acquiring Veltman, the team was 3-5. Since
his arrival, however, the team is 3-2 and, as
of March 26, was in third place in the East
"We weren't happy with the first half,"
Clark said. "We made a conscious effort to
learn from it."
In five games with New England, Veltman has two goals and five assists (he has
five goals and nine assists in nine games total between the Black Wolves and Bandits).
He registered at least one point in each of
the first four games with the team, three of
which were victories.
Veltman's also confident in the team's
ability to move forward and compete for a
"Starting 0-3 and bouncing back to 6-6, the
guys worked hard," he said. "The coaches go
through what we need to go through each week
to get better. We do our due diligence. The guys
are working hard off the floor. It shows."
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