The Philadelphia Wings signed 13 players this week as they prepare for the opening of their training camp tomorrow morning. Among the signees are defensemen Paul Dawson and Steve Holmes, forward Kevin Buchanan and draft pick C.J. Costabile. The defender out of Duke University was Philadelphia’s fifth-round draft pick, second overall. Philadelphia begins its training as a team for the 2013 National Lacrosse League season after last season saw a rather painful collapse. The Wings were 7-4 at one point but lost their final 5 games before a first-round playoff exit. And so the Wings begin training with an optimistic eye toward reversing their fortunes. Sessions this weekend are Saturday and Sunday morning at 7 a.m. at the Bucksmont Indoor Sports Center. Practices are free and open to the public.
Meanwhile, across the country in Everett, Wash., the Washington Stealth announced they’ve signed a key pair of contributors, and leaders. Team captain Kyle Sorensen and assistant captain Rhys Duch each inked 1-year deals with the team. Sorensen, one of the game’s top defenders, was named team captain following the retirement of Jason Bloom. Duch, one of the top scoring forwards in the game, is entering his fifth NLL season.
“In addition to what each of them brings on the floor, we are very excited to have them in leadership positions and believe it will have a very positive impact in our dressing room,” Washington GM Doug Locker said.
The Stealth continue their training camp with sessions this weekend. Saturday, the team is at Soccer First arena in Arlington and Sunday’s training is at Comcast Arena. Sessions are free and open to the public.
Just up the road in Calgary, the Roughnecks solidified the core of their offense by re-signing Curtis Dickson, Daryl Veltman and Dane Dobbie, all to 1-year contracts. “Together they accounted for about a third of our scoring last season,” Roughnecks GM Mike Board said. “Having continuity year-to-year in the offence is important so keeping these three players in the fold is very positive for our team.”
The Riggers are among the teams opening their training camp this weekend. Sessions for the Roughnecks are not open to the public, but the team is preparing details to announce for its Jan. 13 Fan Fest at the Saddle Dome.
Also of interest this weekend is the opening of camp for the Colorado Mammoth and Minnesota Swarm. The Mammoth begin with a training session tonight at the Toronto Rock practice facility in Oakville, Ont., then scrimmages the Swarm on Saturday morning. That’s free and open to the public, but both teams note that seating is very limited. The Swarm also will practice tonight in Oakville before tomorrow’s scrimmage.
The Toronto Rock open camp as well with a Saturday session at their new facility. Training continues with a practice next Wednesday night.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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