Mike Accursi Re-Signs with Knighthawks

September 25, 2012

Three-time National Lacrosse League Champion Mike Accursi has re-signed a one-year deal with the Rochester Knighthawks. Accursi remains with the Knighthawks after helping Rochester win the 2012 Champion’s Cup. “It’s great being the defending champs,” said Accursi. “Our roster is pretty much intact and you’re adding better and bigger pieces. It looks like it’s going to be another exciting season.” The 2012 season was Accursi’s 15th in the NLL, which…

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Where the NLL First Round Comes From

September 24, 2012

Some of the top picks in the National Lacrosse League draft this season were not earned from a team’s play on the turf. In fact, some of the best picks have come from trades. Where have all of these picks come from? Let’s take a look. 1. Edmonton Rush The Rush acquired this draft pick from the Washington Stealth in the Athan Iannucci trade. After getting three first rounders and…

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Wings Acquire Kyle Hartzell

September 21, 2012

The Washington Stealth completed a trade today that sends fifth-year transition player Kyle Hartzell to the Philadelphia Wings in exchange for the 23rd pick in the upcoming 2012 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. The acquisition of the third round pick gives the Stealth five of the first 23 selections in the draft, which will be held on October 1 in Toronto. “This is a good trade for all parties,” said Stealth General…

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How the Edmonton Rush Built Their Draft

September 21, 2012

Paul Rabil may have never shown up to play for the Edmonton Rush, but they still got something out of the Athan Iannucci trade. Mark Matthews will be the number one overall pick for the Rush, and they got that pick from the Washington Stealth. Edmonton has stockpiled draft picks for the next few years, thanks again to a deal involving Iannucci. The Rush acquired him from the Philadelphia Wings…

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Bandits Sign Two Goalies, Four Players

September 20, 2012

Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced that the Bandits have signed transition players David Brock and Jay Thorimbert, and goaltenders Angus Goodleaf and Kurtis Wagar. Brock (6’3″, 215 lbs., 8/13/86) joins the Bandits after splitting his first two NLL seasons between Boston and Philadelphia. In 2012, Brock appeared in 15 games for the Wings, recording five points (3+2) and 66 loose balls. He was acquired by the Bandits from Philadelphia in a trade in August. Thorimbert…

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Toronto Might Sport New Look Defense

September 20, 2012

Defense has always been something the Toronto Rock pride themselves in. It’s part of the reason they dominated the early 200os, and why they won it all in 2011. This season, they are bringing in what is a bit of a new look defense. First off, they lost Bruce Codd to a coaching gig with the Calgary Roughnecks. Second, they signed former Buffalo Bandits captain Chris White to be a defensive cog….

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Have the Swarm Already Won the Cosmo Trade?

September 20, 2012

Last season, Minnesota Swarm goaltender Anthony Cosmo was traded to the Buffalo Bandits. Both teams made the playoffs but lost in the first round. Cosmo struggled at times with the Bandits, while the Swarm brought in two rookies, Tyler Carlson and Evan Kirk, who helped lead the Swarm to a surprisingly good season. The Bandits gave up two first round draft picks to get Cosmo, who will be their goaltender…

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Mark Matthews Will Be First Overall Pick

September 20, 2012

It was reported yesterday that Mark Matthews will be the first overall pick to the Edmonton Rush in the 2012 National Lacrosse League entry draft, to no one’s surprise. #Rush GM Derek Keenan confirmed today Mark Matthews will be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 #NLL Entry Draft and suit up for the Edmonton Rush. — Gerry Moddejonge (@SunModdejonge) September 18, 2012   Matthews has been predicted as a…

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Toronto Re-Signs LeBlanc

September 20, 2012

Toronto Rock General Manager Terry Sanderson has announced the signing of forward Stephan Leblanc to a one-year contract.  Leblanc was the NLL’s rookie of the year in 2010 and returns for his fourth season in a Rock uniform. “Stephan is the prototypical power forward in this league,” said Sanderson.  “He made an immediate impact when he entered the league, but I think he has teased us a bit over his…

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Pat Maddalena Retires from NLL

September 20, 2012

According to IL Indoor, National Lacrosse League journyman Pat Maddalena will retire from the NLL. Maddalena last played with the Toronto Rock, where he helped the team to the 2011 Champions Cup. He played on several different teams; the Rock, Buffalo Bandits, Arizona Sting, Columbus Landsharks, Orlando Titans and the New York Titans. The two time all star scored 625 career points in his twelve year career. Now 34 years…

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