Roughnecks eager to test their new talent

Calgary added youth to supplement talented veterans like Curtis Dickson, left, and Shawn Evans. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Calgary added youth to supplement talented veterans like Curtis Dickson, left, and Shawn Evans. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The goal is the same for every team at the start of a new National Lacrosse League season. But given the level of talent for the Calgary Roughnecks and the way they’ve come up short of recent expectations, the goal is clear-cut as the 2014 season dawns: “Champion’s Cup. Period,” coach Curt Malawsky told the Calgary Sun. “Very disappointed at the end of last year, and I took a little bit of flak for saying that the season was a waste. But I’m all-in, and the guys we have put on this team are all-in, too. We’re gearing up to make a real solid run at it, and anything short of that is going to be tough to swallow.” There’s a very familiar cast of characters back to lead the Riggers, but Malawsky said the team’s draft picks and newcomers are generating excitement. “Karsen (Leung), Tor (Reinholdt) and Garrett McIntosh all have real big compete levels, and we picked up a young guy, Cody Hawkins, as well. And all these guys really drove our veteran guys and brought it up a notch in training camp.”

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 bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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