The Brooklin Redmen have made a deal to bring back a player they weren’t able to protect in the Major Series Lacrosse draft. Brooklin, who chose to protect Whitby Warriors star graduating forwards Curtis Knight and Dan Lintner in the draft, have dealt Mike Lum-Walker, Damon Edwards and a 2nd-round draft pick next year to the Oakville Rock in exchange for Graeme Hossack and Andrew Smistad.
Hossack is a two-time OLA Jr A all-star defender who won Minto Cups with the Warriors in 2011 and 2013. The big, strong lefty is a shut-down D man, but he took on more of a transition role for Whitby last summer, scoring 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points in 19 games, then adding 16 points in 21 playoff games. He’s a good bet to go in the first round of the stacked 2015 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. Oakville selected Hossack with the third overall pick in this year’s MSL draft, held last Sunday.
Brooklin also receives Smistad, a solid 23-year-old defender from Calgary who played the last two seasons with the Rock. He took on a bigger role in Oakville last year, playing in 14 games and accumulating 3 points and 48 penalty minutes.
The Redmen paid a high price to get the pair. Lum-Walker was Hossack’s teammate on the 2011 Minto champ Warriors and is currently with the Toronto Rock. He was a second-round pick in the 2012 NLL draft and went to camp with Toronto but blew out his knee half an hour into his first practice with the team. He has worked hard on rehab, started this season on the practice roster and made his NLL debut last Saturday.
Edwards is another Toronto Rock player who may be one of the fastest transition players in the league. He’s in his fourth season with Toronto and has totalled 6 goals, 9 assists and 67 penalty minutes in 33 career games. Edwards played 11 games for Brooklin in 2011 but has spent the last two summers in the Western Lacrosse Association with Coquitlam and Langley.
Redmen assistant coach Paul Stewart says the team is very pleased to have been able to bring Hossack back into the fold in the Durham area. “We’re getting back probably the best defender in junior lacrosse for the last two years who wanted to play for the Redmen and will be playing for the Redmen for a very long time,” Stewart told IL Indoor. Stewart is also pleased to have added Smistad to the roster, and says so is star forward Shawn Williams. “Smistad is a big solid defender. The best thing I can say for him is that Shawn Williams is real happy we picked him up because he hates playing against him. That’s as big a compliment as you can give a guy.”
Stewart says they gave up very good players to get the pair, but you have to give up quality to get quality and it made sense for both of the players to be with the Rock organization year round.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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