Evan Messenger was selected in the 4th round (39th overall) by the Stealth at the 2015 NLL Entry Draft. Messenger suited up for his hometown Delta Jr. A Islanders of the British Columbia Jr. A Lacrosse League this past season. He finished top 10 in league scoring with 26 goals and 36 assists for 62 points in 16 games. Evan has been a prolific scorer in his three seasons with the Islanders racking up 240 points in 68 total games and hopes to land a roster spot on the Stealth this upcoming season. Below is an exchange Messenger had with stealthlax.com:
VS: Who was your lacrosse idol growing up and why?
EM: Casey Powell. He has an amazing playing style and knows how to put the ball in the net.
VS: At what age did you realize you had a knack for lacrosse?
VS: What was your reaction on draft day when you found out you were selected by your hometown NLL team?
EM: It was an absolute dream come true! Couldn’t be any happier.
VS: Have you been to many Stealth games? If so, did you ever fantasize about suiting up for them one day?
EM: I have been to tons of games and I’ve always wanted to run out of that tunnel with guys in front of my family and the fans.
VS: What is your favourite lacrosse memory?
EM: Besides being drafted to the Stealth, I would have to say winning back to back gold medals at the Best of the West tournament with my team in Las Vegas.
VS: What is your go to pre-game meal?
EM: Chicken and rice and of course my protein shake.
VS: Besides the NLL, what is your favourite professional sports league, and who is your favourite athlete right now?
EM: I would have to say the NFL. LeBron James is my favourite athlete.
VS: Explain to Stealth fans what they can expect from you?
EM: Stealth fans can expect a guy who has a strong work ethic with tenacious play and hopefully put up some points.
VS: Describe a typical day for Evan Messenger?
EM: Work, go to the gym, eat a lot and hang out with my friends.
VS: Is there a certain player or two you are looking forward to meeting and playing with at training camp?
EM: The roster is full of so many talented players, I just can’t wait to get out there with all them.