The Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association is proud to announce that two players from Saskatchewan were drafted to the NLL this year. Eric Kratz, a player from Regina was drafted to the Vancouver Stealth and Anthony Hallborg, a player from Saskatoon was drafted to the Saskatchewan Rush. The SLA wishes both boys luck in the next chapter of their Lacrosse goals and looks forward to celebrating all their successes. Below is some more information on these two talented Lacrosse players.
Anthony Hallborg was born July 11, 1996 and has played 12 seasons of lacrosse in Saskatoon. Anthony played for the Saskatchewan SWAT program throughout his junior career and with the Saskatoon Box Lacrosse Association throughout his entire 12 years. Notable highlights for Hallborg include playing for Midget Team Sask, Saskatoon Smash as a Midget aged player, Junior B Tier 1 SWAT for three years – in those three years he also attended three Founder’s Cups and winning a Tier two Gold in one of them. Also during Hallborg’s time in Junior B he was invited to play in the u19 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship on Canada West, the same team that won the entire tournament. Lastly, before Hallborg was drafted by the Saskatchewan Rush he finished his junior career playing two years of Junior A SWAT lacrosse.
Outside of playing Anthony has coached minor lacrosse for two seasons, and this past season his team went undefeated through the regular season and won the SBLA league as undefeated champions. Anthony tries to help out with Team Sask, SWAT, and the Junior Rush teams as well.
Eric Kratz played minor box lacrosse with QCMBL as well as playing two years with the Midget SWAT. After minor lacrosse he went on and played with the Richmond Roadrunners in the BC Intermediate A league. The following season he played his second year of intermediate with the new Westminster Salmonbellies in the A league.
Eric has played both years of junior in the BC junior A lacrosse league with New Westminster. In his most recent season he posted career and league bests for save % and Goals Against Average in the process of winning the Goalie of the Year award for BCJALL.
Following his second junior season Eric entered the NLL draft and was drafted by the Vancouver Stealth in the 5th round 48th overall.
Eric also gives back to the grass roots as goalie coach for the Barracuda Lacrosse program back in Regina during the off season.