Recent NLL Coaching Changes and Player Transactions

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BUFFALO, N.Y. Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced the team has signed goaltender Mike Thompson and defenseman Steve Priolo to two-year deals, and goaltender Angus Goodleaf to a one-year contract. The Bandits also announced the signings of Scott Self, Alex Henderson, Tony Sorci and Pete Ragnar.

Thompson and Goodleaf recently shared the Major Series Lacrosse honor as the league's top goaltender this summer while splitting the duties in Peterborough. Thompson was 9-1 with a 7.65 GAA, while Goodleaf was right behind him at 5-1 and 8.06.

Thompson (6/16/1976, 5'10", 240 lbs.) was 5-1 with a 9.92 GAA and .809 save percentage in eight games last season. He has a 17-9 record in 65 career games, and backstopped the Bandits to the NLL Championship in 2008. The 2010 season was Goodleaf's (3/6/1987, 6'0", 240 lbs.) first in the NLL. He finished with a 1-3 record in four games, along with a 10.75 GAA and .785 save percentage.

Priolo (1/15/1985, 6'5", 236 lbs.) made his NLL debut last season with the Bandits after being drafted in the second round of the 2009 Entry Draft. He picked up seven assists and 22 loose balls in nine games.

Self (7/7/1979, 6'2", 205 lbs.) is a rugged 10-year veteran defender acquired by the Bandits in a trade with Minnesota. He was originally drafted by Buffalo in the fourth round of the 1999 Entry Draft. He suited up for one game with the Bandits in 2001, but has since played in New York, Ottawa, Arizona, Chicago, Edmonton and Minnesota. Last season with the Swarm, he collected 12 points (1+11) and 76 loose balls in 16 games. For his career, Self has 133 points (31+102) in 141 games.

Henderson is a versatile forward looking to make his NLL debut with the Bandits after a tryout with the Minnesota Swarm last season. He most recently played for the Ajax-Pickering Rock of MSL, compiling six assists and four penalty minutes in eight regular season games.

Sorci and Ragnar are both former Bandits defensemen. Sorci (6/30/1982, 6'1", 215 lbs.) appeared in one career NLL game with the Bandits in 2007 and Ragnar (10/18/1983, 6'1", 200 lbs.) was a member of the Bandits' practice squad in 2007 and 2008.

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(Rochester, NY) ... The Rochester Knighthawks went back to their roots today as they selected longtime defenseman and assistant coach Mike Hasen the sixth head coach in franchise history. The Knighthawks also named former Knighthawks head coach Paul Day and Jason Johnson as the assistant coaches.

"It feels pretty special. I never really expected it," said Hasen. "I am really looking forward to it.

"With Paul we are going back to our roots. I greatly respect him and his commitment to Rochester. It is an example I intend to follow," added Hasen. "(Jason) and I worked really well together (last year). We were always on the same page. Having him back will make the transition easier. I look forward to working with both of them."

Hasen, 38, enters the position after spending the past 11 seasons with the Knighthawks, nine as a player and the past two as an assistant coach. It is the second head coaching position for the Toronto native. This summer, he coached the Brampton Excelsiors of Major Series Lacrosse to within one win of the Mann Cup Finals.

Hasen began his first professional coaching job in 2009 after playing in the NLL for 13 seasons, nine of those with the Knighthawks. He played in Rochester from 1999 to 2007, ending his career after the team won the '07 Champion's Cup. He served as the team captain for the 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons. In his career, he played in 150 games and recorded 23 goals, 82 assists and 704 loose balls. He was also named the team MVP in 2003-04 and was a two-time winner of the team's Unsung Hero Award (2000-01 to 2001-02) and a three-time recipient of the Knighthawks' Best Defenseman honor.

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2010-09-19



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