With the National Lacrosse League roster deadline coming on Friday (following tomorrow’s trade deadline), the Minnesota Swarm have made a couple of moves for the stretch run. Josh Gillam has returned to the team after completing his hockey season in Germany, just as he did last year. In 2012, the Peterborough native posted 4 goals, 9 assists and 21 loose balls in 6 games with the club. He is an athletic and highly-skilled lefty forward with the ability to move around if needed to fill in in other areas. “When we brought Josh in last year, he had a positive impact on our club and provided stability,” said Swarm Associate GM and Head Coach Joe Sullivan. “He’s coming in with a ton of energy and a real enthusiasm to get playing. We think he just scratched the surface of his ability last year and we’re looking for him to have an immediate impact with us this season.”
Minnesota has also added goalie Zach Higgins to the roster. They signed Higgins just prior to the 2012 entry draft and have had him on the practice roster all season. He’s been playing very well with the Canadian Lacrosse League’s Durham Turfdogs, where he is second in the league in save percentage (.813) and third in goals against average (10.41). “We wanted to make sure Zach had the opportunity to travel with us, so moving him to the active roster will allow him to practice with us on the road and be a bigger part of our team,” Sullivan said. “He’s done everything that we’ve asked of him and granting him this opportunity is a big part of our developmental program.”
To make room for Gillam and Higgins, the Swarm are moving Mike O’Brien and Joel Henry to the practice roster.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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