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 email@example.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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