The Colorado Mammoth have acquired Drew Westervelt from the Philadelphia Wings for faceoff man Ryan Hotaling and the 12th and 18th picks in the draft.
Westervelt has been shipped to the Mammoth for Hotaling along with the 12th and 18th picks. The Wings also sent the 32nd overall pick to the Mammoth. Westervelt has scored 30 goals or more in four of the last five seasons.
“Drew is a quality player and an even better person, and we will all miss him. However, we felt we needed to have more depth at the goaltending position and had to give quality to get quality,” said Wings newly-named head coach Blane Harrison via the NLL.com press release. “We wish Drew the best of luck on his new team and look forward to the seeing the new Wings competing at camp later this fall.”
Hotaling started his career with the Boston Blazers and ended up with Colorado after the dispersal draft. He has played with the Boston Rockhoppers in the North American Lacrosse Legaue and has also been a part of Team USA in international box lacrosse. Philadelphia has been known for acquiring American players, but Westervelt is a Baltimore native and one of their players they did not have to fly in.
Last season Westervelt scored 59 points in 16 games. His career high in points is 72 with the Wings in 2010, but those 59 points were the second most in his career. Hotaling has 18 career points.