It’s been 4 long National Lacrosse League seasons since the Calgary Roughnecks were champions, but like the other 8 teams preparing for the 2014 season, the Riggers are optimistic. Second-year coach Curt Malawsky said there’s plenty for players and coaches alike to learn from last season, which ended with a loss in the Western Division final for the second time in 3 seasons. And considering the veteran leadership the Riggers are loaded with, there’s a sense of urgency to clear the hurdle this winter. “We’ve had the nucleus of this team together for the last four or five years and we’re on the cusp here,” Malawsky told The Calgary Herald. “We’ve been up there in the standings, we’ve battled hard, we’ve gotten to a couple of Western finals but we haven’t quite gotten it done. We want to give it a good hard go this year before things could possibly change.”
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The Calgary Roughnecks today announced the National Lacrosse League club will open training camp for the 2014 NLL season today with team meetings and medicals at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Roughnecks will hit the turf for three sessions over the first weekend of training, beginning today 4 p.m. at the Calgary Soccer Centre. Two on-field sessions will follow on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Calgary Soccer Centre. Filming of the on-field sessions is permitted for the first 15 minutes of each two-hour practice. Training camp will continue in Langley, B.C., on December 6-7 and will conclude in Oakville, Ontario, over the weekend of December 13-15. The camp schedule is highlighted by three pre-season scrimmages against the Vancouver Stealth (Dec. 6), Minnesota Swarm (Dec. 14) and Rochester Knighthawks (Dec. 15). Check here to see schedules and dates for the 8 other NLL teams and their training camps.
The Calgary Roughnecks today announced that the National Lacrosse League club has re-signed captain Andrew McBride to a one-year contract and transition player Geoff Snider to a three-year deal, pending league approval. McBride, who is entering his 12th NLL season, has spent his entire NLL playing career with the Roughnecks. The Ladner, B.C., product has appeared in a franchise-leading 167 games over the past 11 seasons as a defenseman, recording 84 points (19 goals, 65 assists) and 317 penalty minutes while collecting 562 loose balls over that span. Snider, a native of Calgary, Alberta, finished the 2013 regular season with a league-leading 310 face-off wins, 235 loose balls and 69 penalty minutes over 15 games played. The 32-year-old transition player has appeared in 43 games over the past three seasons with Calgary, recording 68 points (37 goals, 31 assists), 821 face-off wins (first among all franchise players) and 198 penalty minutes along with collecting 638 loose balls over that span.
Calgary Roughnecks General Manager, Alternate Governor and Director, Business Operations Mike Board has announced that the National Lacrosse League club has signed seven players in preparation for the 2014 season.
The Roughnecks have re-signed forward Daryl Veltman and transition player Peter McFetridge to one-year contracts. Calgary also signed 2013 draft selections Tor Reinholdt (first round, sixth overall) and Peter Dubenski (fourth round, 34th overall) and free agents Brett Baron (forward), Cam Copland (forward) and Joe Hall (forward) to one-year deals. All contracts are pending league approval. READ MORE »
The Calgary Roughnecks announced today that the National Lacrosse League club has signed 2013 NLL MVP Shawn Evans to a new two-year contract, pending league approval. Evans, who was entering the final year of a three-year contract, is now signed through the 2015 season. Evans, a native of Peterborough, Ontario, captured the NLL’s 2013 scoring title with a career-high 112 points (32 goals, 80 assists), surpassing the franchise record of 104 points set by both Josh Sanderson (2010) and Lewis Ratcliff (2007). His 112-point season was highlighted by his league-leading 80 assists which ranks second all-time in the NLL for most assists in a single season and is also a career high. The 29-year-old forward recorded 10 or more points in five games last season, including a 13-point effort against Colorado, the highest single-game point total posted in the NLL in 2013 and a franchise record. Evans, acquired from the Rochester Knighthawks in September 2011, has spent two seasons with the Roughnecks, recording 64 goals and 127 assists for 191 points in 32 games. The eight-year NLL veteran has amassed 554 points (207 goals, 347 assists) in 125 career games played with Rochester and Calgary.
Calgary Roughnecks General Manager, Alternate Governor and Director, Business Operations Mike Board announced today that the National Lacrosse League club has signed an additional six players in preparation for the 2014 season.
The Roughnecks have re-signed forward Matthew Dinsdale and defenceman Greg Harnett to three-year contracts and agreed to one-year deals with transition players Travis Cornwall and Curtis Manning, forward Darren Kinnear and defenceman Barclay Hickey. All contracts are pending league approval.
Manning, a native of Surrey, British Columbia, has spent his entire four-year NLL playing career with Calgary, recording 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) while collecting 214 loose balls over 43 games played. The Roughnecks selected the 26-year-old transition player in the first round, sixth overall, in the 2008 NLL Entry Draft. READ MORE »
Tor Reinholdt knows offensive lacrosse. So does Curt Malawsky but it was Malawsky, as coach of the Coquitlam Adanacs, who recognized potential for Reinholdt on other areas of the floor. So Malawsky made the move, putting Reinholdt in position for transition. It worked out quite well for both, and the Adanacs. And not long from now, both Reinholdt and Malawsky are hoping the transition blossoms into a productive National Lacrosse League career for the 6-foot-2, 200-pound right-hander out of Port Moody, B.C. It’s why the Calgary Roughnecks, the team Malawsky now coaches, made Reinholdt their first pick in the 2013 entry draft, which was the No. 6 pick overall. “I was super nervous,” Reinholdt said of draft day. “My stomach was in knots. You never know where you’re going to go. It’s very nerve-wracking.” READ MORE »
The Calgary Roughnecks have agreed to terms with seven players as well as designating Geoff Snider as a franchise player in preparation for the 2014 National Lacrosse League season.
The Roughnecks have re-signed forwards Jeff Shattler (three years) and Dane Dobbie (one year) and defencemen Jon Harnett (two years) and Dan MacRae (two years). Calgary also signed 2013 draft selections Garrett McIntosh (third round, 24th overall) and Jake Hayes (fifth round, 43rd overall) and free agent Cody Hawkins to one-year contracts. In addition, forward Curtis Dickson and transition player Peter McFetridge have received qualifying offers. READ MORE »
The NLL free agent signing period is now underway as Tuesday, Oct. 29 was the last day for teams to make qualifying offers to veteran players on their rosters. Veteran players who did not receive qualifying offers for the 2014 season became Restricted Free Agents while others became Unrestricted Free Agents.
If a team signs a Restricted Free Agent to a contract, the player’s current team can retain that player by matching the offer within a specified time frame. There is no right to match an offer and retain the rights of an Unrestricted Free Agent. Active players entering free agency are listed team-by-team below. READ MORE »
With National Lacrosse League rosters shrinking from 23 to 20 active players, competition for roster spots is getting more intense than ever. That doesn’t just go for the players, though. It looks like NLL teams’ dance troupes are drawing more and more candidates, meaning it’s no sure thing that returning vets will have spots waiting for them. The situation is presented very well in this video about the Calgary Drill Crew’s tryout boot camp. 14 of last year’s 18 Drill Crew members are back, but as their director Dana Murphy points out, the vets don’t have a free pass. Check out some of the action from their trials.