Veteran forward Casey Powell makes his return to the National Lacrosse League this weekend as the Colorado Mammoth announced he’ll make his 2014 debut for Saturday’s home game against the Minnesota Swarm. The right-hander missed the first 7 games of the season for personal reasons. “Casey was tremendous after we acquired him late last season,” Mammoth president and general manager Steve Govett said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have him back.” Powell, acquired in a mid-season trade with the Rochester Knighthawks in 2013, had 32 points (9 goals, 23 assists) in just 6 regular season games for the Mammoth, then led the team with a 3-3 game in a first-round playoff loss to Calgary. “I can’t wait to hit the floor and help this team win games,” Powell said in a statement. “Saturday night is going to be a blast!” The Mammoth also will get another right-hander back when Drew Westervelt, who missed last weekend’s win over Calgary because of commitments to the U.S. men’s national team, returns to the active roster. To make room for Powell and Westervelt, transition players Mat McLeod was placed on injured reserve and Jackson Decker was moved to the practice squad.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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