The Canadian Lacrosse Association announced today that Rochester Knighthawks General Manager Dan Carey has been named General Manager of Team Canada for the upcoming 2021 Men’s U19 World Lacrosse Championship, to be played June 17-26, 2021 at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland.
The event was originally scheduled for July 9-18, 2020 but was postponed in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
“I’m honored to be named the Men’s U19 Canadian National Team General Manager,” said Carey. “Having had the privilege to represent my country in previous competitions, I know how special it is to be involved in any capacity. We have an incredible staff and player pool who are committed to reaching our ultimate goal, and I’m looking forward to contributing and competing alongside of all of them.”
Carey is no stranger to the international scene, having served on Team Canada’s staff in various roles since 2007. Most recently, Carey helped the men’s national team to a silver medal at the 2018 World Lacrosse Championship while serving as team coordinator. As a player, he and the Canadians captured gold at the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.
Carey recently completed his first season as general manager of the expansion-era Knighthawks in 2019-20 following three years in the same capacity with the NLL’s Colorado Mammoth. During his time with the Mammoth, Carey was instrumental in assembling a Mammoth roster that posted two straight winning seasons, culminating in back-to-back postseason appearances. During the 2018 season, Colorado finished second in the Western Division with an 11-7 record, marking its second runner-up finish in three years, while advancing to the NLL’s Champion’s Cup Playoffs for an unprecedented eighth straight season.
The 38-year-old was elevated to general manager from his role as the team’s director of player personnel, a position he assumed in October 2015. In that role, Carey was responsible for overseeing all collegiate, club and professional scouting activities and operations, and worked closely with the coaching staff and team management to address the team’s on-field needs. He originally joined the organization as the team’s eastern scout following five seasons with the Mammoth as one of the most prolific and decorated players in team history.
A native of Peterborough, Ontario, Carey was the Mammoth’s first-round selection (seventh overall) in the 2005 NLL Entry Draft. He was named an NLL All-Star in each of his first three seasons in the league, and as a rookie, was instrumental in Colorado winning the Champion’s Cup in 2006. In 60 career regular-season games with Colorado, Carey scored 89 goals and assisted on 147 others before adding 25 points in 12 games with the Toronto Rock during the 2012 campaign to close out a six-year professional playing career. He posted his best season in the NLL in 2007 when he tallied career-highs in goals (32), assists (44), points (76) and points-per-game (4.75) before being named the recipient of the 2008 NLL’s Sportsmanship Award a year later.
Carey spent one season playing collegiate lacrosse at nearby Canisius College, leading the team with 30 goals and ranking second with 35 points during the 2005 campaign. He joined the Griffs after a stellar two-year career at Herkimer County Community College (HCCC), leading the Generals to the NJCAA national championship in 2003 and a national runner-up finish in 2004. As a senior, Carey scored 54 goals and recorded 95 points in 17 games while serving as team captain. For his efforts, he was named the 2004 HCCC Male Athlete of the Year and won league Most Valuable Player honors. Carey was also named an NJCAA All-American as well as an Academic All-American during his time at HCCC.
He’s also a three-time Mann Cup champion with his hometown Peterborough Lakers. He helped the Lakers to three titles over a four-year span (2004, 2006, 2007) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 Mann Cup, Canada’s top prize in senior men’s box lacrosse.