Former Buffalo Bandits captain Chris White signaled he wanted to play closer to home when he cut ties with the Bandits to sign with the Toronto Rock. White spent the past eight National Lacrosse League seasons with the Bandits and served as team captain — for the last four. Leaving Buffalo behind and signing as a free agent in Toronto “was probably the most difficult decision of my pro career,” said White. “I learned a lot from Darris and Rich (Kilgour) and I won’t forget the stories in the hotel rooms and on the road. They are winners and have done so their entire life.”
White called Bandits coach Darris Kilgour right after he made his decision to sign with the Rock.
“We had a really good talk, for about an hour and a half,” he said. “It was important not to leave on a bad note. The Bandits are a great organization.”
At the end of the day it was a business decision. This is a job and the fact of the matter is the majority of the NLL players have another career and being successful in both can be difficult.
White, 32, from Peterborough, Ont., is an oil-burner technician with his family heating company and he said, he’s thankful for the opportunity to play in Toronto.
“It’s close to home so you have a lot of family and friends who can come to the games,” said White.
The transition to the Rock has been easy for White. “We have a bunch of veterans here that know how to play the game, and play it right.”
Rock coach Troy Cordingley knows what type of player he’s getting with White. Cordingley was a defensive coach in Buffalo for two years and White considers him on of the game’s best coaches.
“Troy’s the kind of guy that will get in your ear and expects nothing but your best effort every night,” said White. “He holds you accountable and as a player that’s all you can ask for.”
White admits he is looking forward to playing in Buffalo this Saturday.
“It’ll be different coming from the visitors dressing room that’s for sure. But once you step on the floor you can’t think about it. You have to play your game anything less and you’d be letting your team down.”
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