The Calgary Roughnecks have moved veteran forward Scott Ranger to the practice roster today in a move that surprised many outside the organization. Posted late this afternoon, the Roughnecks announced that the 10-year National Lacrosse League sniper would be taken off the active roster due to a work commitments back in his hometown of Nanaimo, B.C. Working as a teacher between NLL games, Ranger would be unable to make a full commitment to the Roughnecks in the month of February, which caused GM Mike Board to make the roster shuffle. Ranger missed the opening game of the year as well as training camp due to injuries suffered while playing for the Victoria Shamrocks during the Western Lacrosse Association season.
In four games this year for the Roughies, Ranger has posted four goals and nine points for a Calgary team that sits second behind its provincial rival from Edmonton with a 2-3 record and have this weekend off.
What may seem like a bit of a head scratcher as the ‘Necks have Barclay Hickey, Jake Hayes and Brett Baron on the practice roster, Calgary opted to activate Peter Dubenski, giving them three goalies on the active roster. When asked to elaborate on this move, Board responded with a very simple, “it’s the roster we started the year with.”
When contacted, Ranger wasn’t surprised by the move as he understood his position due to work and is looking forward to getting back into the starting lineup.Teddy Jenner is one the leading sources for lacrosse information. He comes by his love of lax honestly with a lifetime of experience, two Mann Cup championships and six years of play in the NLL. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter @OffTheCrosseBar or catch him on Team 1410 radio in Vancouver, B.C., as the host and producer of the Off the Crosse-Bar Radio Show In 2012, he was awarded the BCLA's Norm Wright Merit Award- handed out to a member of the media deemed to have have contributed to the promotion of lacrosse.
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