Roughnecks Win Second in a Row

January 31, 2016

Two teams that have been struggling to score found their offensive mojo on Saturday night, with the Calgary Roughnecks taking the 15-13 victory over the Vancouver Stealth. The Roughnecks improve to 2-2 on the season while the Stealth drop to 1-3. Calgary got out to an early lead, scoring the first two goals of the game and staking themselves to a 5-3 first-quarter lead. Vancouver would bounce back, however, outscoring…


Defending Champion Rush Take Season Opener 10-8 Over Roughnecks

January 3, 2016

  The Saskatchewan Rush spoiled the Calgary Roughnecks’ home opener on Saturday night, taking a 10-8, come-from-behind victory in front of a crowd of 11,977 fans. The new-look Roughnecks got off to a quick start when defenseman Dan McRae picked up a goal on transition following a forced turnover just 1:21 into the game. And that was the story for much of the first quarter—Calgary’s defense was able to intercept…


Can Mike Poulin Regain the Starter’s Job in Calgary?

December 5, 2015

The Goaltender of the Year award in the NLL has been won by Matt Vinc five times in the last six years. The only exception was in 2012 when Mike Poulin of the Calgary Roughnecks took home the trophy. But whereas Vinc was named the best-of-the-best again in 2015, Poulin lost his starting job just a couple weeks into the season due to poor performance. Frankie Scigliano performed admirably in…


Departure of Evans Puts Roughnecks in Full Rebuilding Mode

October 30, 2015

  Following a busy week of trades in the NLL, the Calgary Roughnecks have traded reigning league MVP Shawn Evans to the New England Black Wolves for up-and-coming forward Tyler Digby. As a result of this move, the Roughnecks are now in full-blown rebuilding mode, with the chances of them continuing their unbroken string of playoff appearances diminishing steadily. Evans just came off the best offensive season in NLL history,…


Andrew McBride’s Retirement Leaves a Big Leadership Hole on Roughnecks

October 23, 2015

  Earlier this week, Andrew McBride announced his retirement from the Calgary Roughnecks, wrapping up his 13-year NLL career, all with Calgary. McBride ends his career as the Roughnecks all-time leader in games played (189) and penalty minutes (341), with the third-most loose balls (630) and third-most forced turnovers (63). A second-round draft pick in 2002 was on the team for both of their Champion’s Cup wins (2004 and 2009)…


Impacful NLL Prospects: Wes Berg, Roughnecks

October 6, 2015

  With their first pick in last week’s NLL draft, the fourth pick overall, the Calgary Roughnecks selected forward Wes Berg. Berg graduated from the University of Denver Pioneers last spring as their all-time leading scorer, with 188 goals and 255 total points. Along the way he led them to an NCAA championship while also winning the tournament’s most outstanding player award. Over the summer, he amassed 12 points in seven…


2015 NLL Draft Review: Calgary Roughnecks

October 3, 2015

The Calgary Roughnecks added nine players to their roster on Monday night at the NLL Draft, including six in the first three rounds. As a result, the Roughnecks now have a ton of talented youth to work with. Prior to the 2015 season, rightie forward Scott Ranger retired, taking 50-60 points per season with him. Although it looked like the Roughnecks had enough firepower to make up for that loss,…


2015 NLL Draft Preview: Calgary Roughnecks

September 21, 2015

When the NLL Draft takes place on September 28, the Calgary Roughnecks will have six picks in the first three rounds, giving them a golden opportunity to load up on young talent in what should be one of the deepest draft classes in league history. That is in stark contrast to last year’s draft, where the Roughnecks didn’t select until the second round (Tyson Roe, 16th overall) and then only…


Free Agents the Calgary Roughnecks Could Target

September 12, 2015

The Calgary Roughnecks have not made much of a splash on the free agent market this summer. In fact, the big news in the Roughnecks camp has been who they’ve let go, not who they’ve acquired. To date, they’ve seen Daryl Veltman move on to the Buffalo Bandits, and Jeff Moleski and Travis Cornwall head to the Vancouver Stealth. They’ve also released Geoff Snider to become an unrestricted free agent….


Dan McRae Re-signing Is Great News For Calgary Roughnecks

September 1, 2015

The Calgary Roughnecks locked down one of their key young players on defence this week when they re-signed Dan McRae to a one-year deal. McRae was Calgary’s sixth-overall pick in the 2010 NLL draft, their second of three first-round selections that year (they took Curtis Dickson with the third-overall pick and Brandon Ivey with the eighth-overall pick). He has been with the team ever since, averaging just a hair under…