Prospect Profile: Getting to know Thomas Vaesen

by Gary Ahuja

Thomas Vaesen scored a combined 90 goals over his last two seasons with the Nanaimo Junior Timbermen in the BC Junior A Lacrosse League. Vaesen was a Compensatory Round pick of the Langley Thunder in last month's WLA Junior Graduating Draft. Photo courtesy of Nanaimo News Bulletin (Black Press Media)

Ahead of the upcoming Western Lacrosse Association season, the Langley Thunder welcomed nine new faces to the team via the WLA Draft back in February. Here's a look at the first of our new additions, forward Thomas Vaesen. 

Name: Thomas Vaesen

Age: 22

Height: 6-0

Weight: 200 pounds

Hometown: Shawnigan Lake

Minor Lacrosse Association: Cowichan Thunder

Most Recent Team: University of Montevallo

How Long Have You Played: Since I was 6 years old

What Do You Love About the Sport: The physicality, the high intensity, the level of competition. Honestly, I love everything about the game.

If Not Lacrosse, What Sport Would You Play: Hockey. I played it when I was younger and loved it and it’s quite similar.

How Would You Describe Your Game: Aggressive. I like to do what I can to push the pace and make sure the offense is productive.

Short-term Goals: Have a strong WLA season.

Long-term Goals: Win a Mann Cup and an NLL championship and become an offensive threat in both leagues.

Favourite Player Growing Up: I watched a lot of great players growing up and had many favourites, but I really enjoyed watching Rhys Duch.

Who Do You Model Your Game After: I’ve tried to model my game after a lot of guys, one of them being Dane Dobbie, who I now have a chance to play alongside.

Jersey Number and its Significance: I wear the number 16 and I wear it because it was my dad’s number.

Greater Feeling – Big Goal, Big Hit or Winning a Loose-ball battle: Definitely a big goal.

Favourite Food: Chicken and sushi.

Pre-game Meal: Red Bull.

Favourite Band or Artist: Too many to pick one.

Pump-up Song: Otherside of America by Meek Mill.

Instagram or TikTok: Instagram.