The National Lacrosse League announced today that they will be expanding the regular season from 16 to 18 games starting next year. The decision comes after fans voted on a survey last month that asked various questions about the current season's length, start, and ending dates.
"By expanding the season to 18 games, the Board of Governors and the league have taken action to meet the demands of our fans," said NLL Commissioner George Daniel in a press release on NLL.com. "We look forward to providing more of the games that our fans love to watch while creating more opportunities for new fans to come and enjoy the NLL experience and the world’s greatest lacrosse players."
There is no official word yet on if this means there will be an adjusted playoff format or if the league will be expanding to some new cities next year. If they do, Montreal could be looking at getting their own NLL team. The Rochester Knighthawks and Toronto Rock played a preseason game in Montreal back in December so the league may be looking to expand to there in the near future. Attendance for the exhibition game was 7,269. Montreal previously had a team for one season in 2002 called the Montreal Express.