At least 5 rookies made their National Lacrosse League debut last weekend. For the weekend that’s approaching, at least 1 rookie in Edmonton will have a chance to join those ranks, but at the same time, he’ll be in some familiar company. The Edmonton Rush activated Michael Cudmore, the No. 15 overall draft pick in 2012. Cudmore, of Ashburn, Ont., joins a team coached by Derek Keenan and has fellow rookies Mark Matthews and Curtis Knight and all 4 know each other well through their Junior A days with the Whitby Warriors. Cudmore had been on the Physically-Unable-To-Perform list as he recovered from a knee infection, but was activated in time to be available for this weekend’s game against Edmonton’s biggest rival, the Calgary Roughnecks. “Michael is really mature and a big, strong defender who is good at pushing the ball up the floor,” Keenan told the Rush website.
The move cost veteran forward Tom Johnson his job with the Rush as he was released to make room for Cudmore.
Keenan says Cudmore will add a bit more grit to the back end for Edmonton, which is 1-2 heading into the weekend showdown at home against the Riggers. Cudmore also gives the Rush a presence at the dot. He won 36 of 61 faceoffs last summer for the Brooklin Redmen of Major Series Lacrosse.
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If you’re a Knighthawks fans, a Tony Stewart fan and you live near Rochester, you might as well be in heaven. “Smoke” will be at Saturday’s Knighthawks game against the Washington Stealth to watch the game and take part in contests with fans. (Knighthawks.net) … A series of “Play Like The Pros” lacrosse clinics has been set up by the Buffalo Bandits, with veteran forward Tracey Kelusky leading the way for all 3. Dates for the clinics are March 9, March 23 and April 20 and all sessions are at First Niagara Center. Cost is $59, which includes instruction in lacrosse, vouchers for game tickets, pizza for lunch and a tour of the Bandits locker room, among other things. (Bandits.com) … The Colorado Mammoth are looking for cancer survivors to take part in a halftime ceremony during Saturday’s game against Minnesota. Check out the team’s website for information on the program that’s part of the team’s Lacrosse Out Cancer Night. (ColoradoMammoth.com).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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