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Outlaws ultimate moves out to Orleans
Updated On: May 8, 2017
Nick Boucher (right). File photo

By Daniel Prinn

It’s a new team complexion and a new home stadium for the Ottawa Outlaws as they enter their third year in the 24-team American Ultimate Disk League.

After sharing home games between Carleton University’s MNP Park, TD Place and Complex Mont-Bleu in Gatineau last season, the Outlaws will be playing out of Millennium Field in Orleans for the full 2017 season.

“Our time at Carleton was great,” team co-owner Jim Lloyd says by e-mail, noting that a desire to have greater control over “the entire fan experience” such as food and beverage services and in-game activities contributed to the decision to move to Orleans.

Lloyd notes there was initial concern about the commute east for Outlaws fans living in Ottawa’s west end, but it was a “pleasant surprise” for the club to see season ticket sales up 22% over last year.

The east-end community has also been welcoming to the new club in its end of town, plus support from local politicians such as Cumberland city councillor Stephen Blais, Orleans’ Bob Monette, Innes’ Jody Mitic and Mayor Jim Watson.

“The team practiced there for the first time on Apr. 25 and loved the field,” Lloyd underlines. “They commented that the turf was fast, and the fact that the stadium is basically brand new makes it very appealing.”

After narrowly missing the playoffs in each of their first 2 seasons with 7-7 campaigns, the Outlaws’ lineup looks a bit different for 2017, particularly without Karl Loiseau, a team founder/captain who recently moved to France for work.

“You can’t replace a player like Karl Loiseau,” states Lloyd. “You just have to adapt.”

The Outlaws lost a player to Europe, but imported two from overseas, with France’s Pierre Lemerle and Switzerland’s Luca Miglioretto joining the squad. Edmonton native Dave Hochhalter, who previously played for the AUDL’s Detroit Mechanix, is another out-of-town import, while past Vancouver Riptide player Erik Hunter returns home to Ottawa to captain the team alongside Derek Alexander, Nick Boucher and Kinley Gee.

Hunter says he’s “super stoked to have my family be able to come out to a home game and watch us play.”

“I feel super privileged to be a leader on this team,” Hunter adds by e-mail. “I expect to have a great time playing with a bunch of guys with a huge amount of potential. This team has a great opportunity to do amazing things. We just have to put in the work, and so far, it looks like we are willing to do it.”

The Outlaws began their season on the road with a 29-24 loss to DC Breeze and a 29-26 win over Philadelphia Phoenix on Apr. 29 and 30. Their home opener will be on May 6 against the Toronto Rush, with their regular season schedule running through to July 23.

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