Matt Roik re-signs in Washington

Matt Roik signs with the Stealth (Photo by NLL)
Matt Roik signs with the Stealth (Photo by NLL)

EVERETT, Wash. — The Washington Stealth have signed NLL veteran and former Stealth goaltender Matt Roik to a one-year agreement pending league approval.

To make room for Roik, Washington has released goalkeeper Nick Patterson.

In his 12th NLL season, the 34-year-old Dunnville, Ontario native is a two-time NLL All-Star and has a career 12.32 Goals Against Average.

In seven games with the Colorado Mammoth this season Roik compiled a 2-2 record.  Since breaking into the league in 2002 with the former New Jersey Storm he is 47-51.

“We’re always trying to better our position as we make a drive to the playoffs,” said Stealth Coach Chris Hall who platooned Roik with Tyler Richards during the 2010 and 2011 seasons where Washington made back-to-back appearances in the NLL championship game.

“When Colorado released Matt it piqued our interest,” said Hall who plans to play Roik in a backup roll to the club’s number-one goaltender Richards.

“We won a championship with the T-Rich, Roik combination.  We needed to jump on this opportunity.  It made good sense to get him back here,” Hall said.  “From a comfort factor he’s ready to jump in and play if we need him.”

The Stealth is in action at home this Sunday, March 3 in a 2:45 p.m. matinee start at  Everett’s Comcast Arena.  Tickets are available at www.StealthLAX.com.

Teddy Jenner is one the leading sources for lacrosse information. He comes by his love of lax honestly with a lifetime of experience, two Mann Cup championships and six years of play in the NLL. Email him at ted.jenner@ilindoor.com, follow him on Twitter @OffTheCrosseBar or catch him on Team 1410 radio in Vancouver, B.C., as the host and producer of the Off the Crosse-Bar Radio Show In 2012, he was awarded the BCLA's Norm Wright Merit Award- handed out to a member of the media deemed to have have contributed to the promotion of lacrosse.

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