Recent NLL Coaching Changes and Player Transactions

The past three seasons have been a struggle for McElroy. The 28-year-old transition player went from career-highs in points (14) and goals (eight) in 2007 down to just 11 points combined over the next two seasons. The Orilia, ON, native did rack up an impressive 101 loose balls in 2008 but that production went down to only 55 in 2009. McElroy, who also worked in the club's front office as the Community Relations Representative, represented the Rush at the 2008 NLL All-Star Game on his home floor at Rexall Place.

Though one of the most popular players during his time with the Rush and always a vibrant contributor in the city through charitable work with the Stollery Children's Hospital and Right to Play as well as youth lacrosse education programs, McElroy's tenure with the Rush has come to a close.

"This was a difficult decision mainly because of the prominent role that Chris had in the community representing the Rush and what a tremendous person he is but this is a business as well and at this time it is best for the team to move forward," said Keenan. "The work that Chris put in on and off the floor for the Rush was greatly appreciated and the entire organization would like to thank him for those efforts."

"Being that Chris was one of the original Rush players and the significant role he played in bringing professional indoor lacrosse into the hearts of many Edmontonians makes this a very difficult day for me but I understand that players moving on is part of professional sports," said Rush Owner Bruce Urban. "I wish Chris the best and thank him for his tireless efforts and for being an amazing role model for his charitable work."

The Rush open the 2011 National Lacrosse League season on January 8 against cross-Canada rival and five-time league-champion Toronto Rock. The Rush will make their Rexall Place debut for the 2011 season on January 28 when they play the first of four games against the arch-rival Calgary Roughnecks.

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2010-09-19



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