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Simon Giourmetakis

LOCAL PLAYER HEADING TO RUSH TRAINING CAMP

12/04/2012, 10:00am MST
By Edmonton Rush

Simon Giourmetakis

Edmonton, AB---Drafted 33rd overall in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, Simon Giourmetakis, one of two Alberta products selected by the Rush, is a true hometown hero. Playing four of his five years of Jr. A with the Edmonton Eclipse, as team captain, Giourmetakis can be found among the top point-getters in Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Association history, with 226 points in 68 games-a 3.32 point-per-game average.

Edmonton, AB---Drafted 33rd overall in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, Simon Giourmetakis, one of two Alberta products selected by the Rush, is a true hometown hero. Playing four of his five years of Jr. A with the Edmonton Eclipse, as team captain, Giourmetakis can be found among the top point-getters in Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Association history, with 226 points in 68 games-a 3.32 point-per-game average.

But offense is not all that Giourmetakis does. In fact, you are more likely to find him in his own zone, digging for loose balls and leading the transition game.

"Simon is a kid willing to do the dirty work, but he also has some scoring ability," coach Derek Keenan notes.

"I do not mind doing the dirty work, but I also enjoy putting the ball in the net, so I try to make the best of my opportunities," Giourmetakis responds.

After his stint with the Eclipse, Giourmetakis moved on to the Coquitlam Adanacs Jr. A club in 2010, joining the soon-to-be Minto Cup Champions, alongside Rush draftee Mark Matthews.

"The caliber of play is a little better out in B.C. and Ontario, and since it was my last season, I really wanted to experience what it would be like to play in one of these leagues," says Giourmetakis.

Shortly before, in 2009, Giourmetakis made the jump to the NCAA's Canisius College Golden Griffins (located in Buffalo, New York), where his previous two seasons of junior gave him an age and skill advantage over many of his fellow competitors. With somewhat below-average totals in his freshman and sophomore years, he exploded in 2011 with 22 goals and 12 assists in 12 games, following up that stellar performance with 34 goals and 13 assists in 14 games in 2012. In both his junior and senior years at college, Giourmetakis led his team in points, which was topped off with a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship in his final college season. Due to this success, he became only the fourth player in Griffins history to be awarded first-team All-MAAC honours twice, since 1989, when Canisius joined the ten-team conference-and Giourmetakis was born.

Despite his performance in field lacrosse at the college level, Giourmetakis makes it clear that his preference is box lacrosse: 
"I like how much faster the box game is; it means you have to think fast and make quick plays. In field, there are some times where it can get really boring, depending on what position you are playing. In this sense, I like the faster pace of the box game and making those quick decisions."

Since finishing junior, Giourmetakis has also been a member of the Maple Ridge Burrards (Sr. A), where he played with Rush draftee Mitch Banister this past season.

"I played against him [Banister] for four years, when I played for the Eclipse, and he was on the [Calgary] Raiders. We always had our differences on the floor, but when we played together in Maple Ridge, there was no bad blood between us. I would like to think that we are pretty good friends now, and I can't wait to see him at camp," Giourmetakis recalls.

On making the transition to Sr. A, he adds, 
"The most difficult part was the huge size difference. I found that all the guys playing Sr. A are bigger and stronger, so you really have to put in the work to be able to play with these guys. The WLA has many players who are already on NLL teams, and it gave me experience playing against that caliber of players."

Now graduated from college, Giourmetakis looks forward to playing for his long-time-favourite NLL team and putting his Management major to good use.

"I am going to try and get a job somewhere in Edmonton and get in on the ground level, learn the inner workings of the company, and then try to work my way up the ladder. Hopefully I will be able to get my MBA sometime soon, because I think that would be a big help in finding that one right job. In the meantime, I have been going to school in the U.S., so a steady income would suit me just fine at this moment.

"I am born and raised in Edmonton, and it will always be my home, so getting to play in front of my family and friends will mean a lot to me...Growing up and playing in Edmonton, I definitely thought that I might someday be in a Rush jersey."

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