The Rochester Knighthawks continued to augment what is already the league’s leading defence by acquiring Scott Self from Buffalo just before the trade deadline Wednesday afternoon. In return, the Bandits receive Kedoh Hill. The Knighthawks have now added Jon Sullivan, Jimmy Purves and Self to a back end that has allowed just 10.2 goals per game this season.
Buffalo, meanwhile, gets a player that they’ve been trying to acquire for several weeks. “It was tough to give up Scott, but to be able to have him play with his brother I think was enticing to Rochester,” said Bandits’ GM Steve Dietrich, who added that assistant coach Rich Kilgour was a driving force behind the team’s desire to add Hill to their roster. “Rich speaks nothing but glowingly of Kedoh and that he can play either the front door or the back door and he’s got some speed and some one-on-one ability.” Kilgour was Hill’s head coach when the 22-year-old had a breakout season with the Six Nations Chiefs last summer in Major Series Lacrosse.
Self told IL Indoor that being traded was a bit of a surprise, but he had a sense a move was coming as the trade deadline approached. “I didn’t really sleep much Saturday night. I just had a feeling something was up, whether it was going to be me or somebody else.” But while he enjoyed his time in Buffalo, Self says, he’s excited about the opportunity to play with his brother Brad and the rest of the Knighthawks.
“It’s a new opportunity in Roch and I really like the way this team looks. I think they have a great chance of repeating,” he said on his way home from his first practice with the team. Self, his brother and Rochester forward Cory Vitarelli were almost late for that practice last night at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena on the Six Nations reserve. The former Bandits assistant captain didn’t hear about the trade until almost 5 pm and had to get hold of his fellow Peterborough members of the Knighthawks to arrange to make the drive with them. Self says he’s excited about the chance to play with Brad, but that their parents are probably even more excited.
Hill, meanwhile, says it was a bit sad that things didn’t work out in Rochester but he is also excited about being picked up by a team where it looks like he’ll get a chance to play. He had been moved, at his own request, to the Knighthawks practice roster so that he could get a chance to play some games in the Canadian Lacrosse League.
Dietrich said the trades don’t mean the Bandits aren’t trying to win now. “We didn’t go into this trying to sell the farm or give up on this year. We’re 5-and-5 and two weeks ago we were three seconds from being in first place. It’s almost like a juggling act because we’re trying to improve ourselves for the future without hurting today.”
“I think with the addition of Drew Petkoff that we were able to sign three or four weeks ago and that we think is two or three weeks away from being ready to play, that softens the blow of losing Scott a little bit,” Dietrich added. “In my opinion, Drew’s an elite defender that we were lucky enough to acquire. We think that Drew can come in and help immediately and we’re also expecting bigger things out of guys like Kevin Brownell and Hayden Smith that may now get a larger opportunity.”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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