Five Lakers make NLL Stealth roster
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STEALTH ANNOUNCE 2017 ROSTER
Vancouver, BC (Monday, December 19, 2016) â€“Â The Vancouver Stealth announced today the active and practice rosters for the upcoming 2017 National Lacrosse League season.[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="400"] Chris O'Dougherty will be entering his seventh season with the Stealth. Garrett James photo[/caption]
The teamâ€™s offense includes the Stealthâ€™s leading all-time point scorer Rhys Duch, the NLLâ€™s 2014 Rookie of the Year Logan Schuss, Corey Small and 2015 NLL Teammate of the Year Joel McCready. On the back end, the team added two Championâ€™s Cup winning defensemen John Lintz and Peter McFetridge, as well as faceoff specialist and two-time NCAA champion Brendan Fowler. Tyler Richards and veteran goalie Tye Belanger earned their way in the top two spots in the crease.[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"] Matt Beers will be defending the Stealth back end for a sixth NLL season. Garrett James photo[/caption]
â€œI wanted to make conditioning a priority. From minute one, I wanted the guys to know that this was going to be a tough camp,â€ said Head Coach and Assistant General Manager Jamie Batley. â€œI was extremely pleased with how the guys reacted and after the tough decisions we made this past weekend I am confident we have a team that is capable of playing the fast-paced tempo we plan to play.â€
There are 18 returning members currently on the Active and Practice Rosters while also adding offseason acquisitions Peter McFetridge, John Lintz, Brendan Fowler and Tommy McKee. Garrett Billings, Cory Conway, James Rahe and Jarrett Toll will start the season on the injured reserve list.
The Stealth invited the league-maximum of 40 players to Training Camp and having so many talented players was a challenge for President and General Manager Doug Locker.[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"] Pete McFetridge enters his eighth NLL season and first with the Stealth. Garrett James photo[/caption]
â€œI am really pleased with the compete level the guys showed over the last several weeks of camp and I am looking forward to the new season,â€ said Locker. â€œObviously, we had some difficult decisions, as every team in our league has, but our staff did a tremendous job evaluating each player very thoroughly and this team has the tools to compete at the highest levels of our league.â€[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200"] Justin Salt will be starting his fifth season on the Stealth transition. Garrett James photo[/caption]
2017 Vancouver Stealth Roster:
Forwards (7): Keegan Ball, Rhys Duch, Jordan Durston, Joel McCready, Tommy McKee, Logan Schuss, Corey Small.
Defensemen/ Transition (11): Matt Beers, Travis Cornwall, Brendan Fowler, Ian Hawksbee, Curtis Hodgson, Thomas Hoggarth, John Lintz, Peter McFetridge, Chris Oâ€™Dougherty, Justin Salt, Ryan Wagner.
Goalies (2): Tye Belanger, Tyler Richards.
Practice Roster (4): Brandon Clelland, Justin Goodwin, Evan Messenger, Eric Penney.
Injured Reserved (4): Garrett Billings, Cory Conway, James Rahe, Jarrett Toll.Â Â