Features | 3/22/2013 5:58:21 PM | Alex Beilman
| Jay Thorimbert (Photo: Bill Wippert)|
Bandits transition player Jay Thorimbert has never minded being out of the ordinary. He started lacrosse later than most, picking it up in grade 10 while growing up in Toronto. From there, he played Junior B in Niagara-on-the-Lake, where he was coached by none other than Bandits head coach Darris Kligour for a year.
Following his tenure with the Niagara Thunderhawks, he played in Awesome with the Indians for a summer season in Junior A. Following that, he was drafted by Kitchner-Waterloo Kodiaks, and was traded back and forth between the Kodiaks and the St. Regis Indians in the Senior A league.
He also served as a four-year captain at the University of Guelph. He was named a CUFLA All-Canadian three times during his time there. He also was a part of the 2008 Baggataway Cup (the CUFLA title) championship team.
He was drafted to the Bandits in 2007, but did not make his NLL debut until the 2009 season with the Boston Blazers. He played 15 games that season, and began carving out his niche in the NLL as a faceoff specialist.
“I was taking them in university. Since then I’ve been athletic, so that’s a good attribute to have when taking faceoffs.”
Thorimbert won 59 percent of his draws in 2009 with Boston. He also added 12 points that season. He would move on to Minnesota in 2010, where he struggled with his faceoffs, but scored a career-high 14 points.
He came back to the Bandits in 2011, where he was used in a somewhat limited roll in 2011 and 2012. He played 14 games in his first year back and just 9 the next season.
The current season has been season of redemption for Thorimbert. He has played in all 11 of the team’s games so far this season, and recently earned Transition Player of the week honors. He also eight points this season and has been a big part of the Bandits successful transition offense. On top those achievements, he leads the team with 103 loose balls and is 60.1% on his faceoffs so far this season.
“Every year I feel like I’ve gotten better and better,” Thorimbert says. “I don’t know if I really improved on my faceoff ability. It’s more conditioning improvements, so I’m not as tired when I go up to take a draw after a shift.”
Although some of his contributions may be overlooked, Thorimbert takes great pride in his role on the team and is happy to contribute any way he can.
“There’s a lot of pride. If I lose a faceoff, I take it personally. That guy was better than me at that instant,” Thorimbert says. “That’s the job. You try to get the ball so you’re team can score and the other guys can’t. I take pride in doing what I have to do to help the team out.”
Thorimbert is also proud to stand for something off the field. He is an anti-drug, anti-alcohol advocate. Although a part of that stance may, in part, go against the grain of what some people think is ok, Thorimbert says none of that stuff really interested him.
“I don’t drink, I don’t do anything recreational or smoke or anything like that,” Thorimbert says. “I kind of got used to not doing it, so I just keep not doing it.”
He admits that he had tried drinking before, but that he never liked it. Once he kept up with not doing anything like that, it became a part of who he is.
“Never really enjoyed, never got into it,” recalls Thorimbert. “I’ve been that way for so long and it’s just kind of who I am now.”