Cody Teichroeb’s lacrosse career is emblematic of his journey: He has done all the extras and worked his way for what he has earned.
Having just graduated from high school, Teichroeb left the Okanagan in pursuit of greater lacrosse opportunities. He arrived not knowing anyone, but to him, the risk was worth the reward.
“I just moved out here hoping I would get a good look and I got a bit lucky, I guess,” Teichroeb said.
Teichroeb had played a pair of seasons of Junior B with the Kelowna Raiders before he came to the Lower Mainland, first as part of the Langley Thunder Junior A program, and then being traded to the Okotoks Raiders Junior A team, helping them win silver at the provincial championships.
While the decision to leave home increased his profile in the lacrosse community, Teichroeb knew he still faced an uphill battle to achieve his dream of playing professionally.
When it came time to increase his draft stock, Teichroeb made the decision to fly across the country to Toronto, which at that point was the site of the only National Lacrosse League Draft Combine.
All of this was done on his own dime with no guarantees.
“I wanted to play professional lacrosse really bad, so I just decided I was going to do this,” Teichroeb said.
The gamble paid off, with Vancouver selecting Teichroeb in the fourth round of the 2016 NLL Draft. The rugged six-foot-two, 210-pound defender suited up in seven games last season for Vancouver and signed a one-year contract with the club earlier this summer.
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