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"Chris is an integral part of the Stealth organization on and off the floor and having him back for a full season is a huge step forward for the 2013 season," said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker. "He is the heart and soul of our team and we are looking forward to him being behind the bench for another season in Washington."

Hall missed portions of training camp and nearly half of the 2012 season as he underwent treatment for a cancerous tumor in his throat. The team got off to a slow start in his absence, going 1-5 en route to a league-worst 4-12 record. Hall, now fully recovered from his treatment, is excited to return to the bench and put last season's struggles behind the organization.

"Obviously, last season was incredibly difficult," Hall said. "It was hard not to be there and I feel bad that I put our players, coaches and organization in a disjointed situation. It was a long struggle to get back, but having stability going into 2013 will allow us to have a sort of fresh start and we expect to get back to championship form."

The Stealth enjoyed unprecedented success under Hall's guidance in its first two seasons in Washington. The team won its first National Lacrosse League title in 2010 and followed that with a second straight Western Division Championship and a one-goal loss in the 2011 Championship Game. Since Hall took over as head coach midway through the 2009 season, the Stealth has gone 36-24 and played in three Western Division Finals.

Hall is one of the most successful head coaches in NLL history, currently ranking fourth on the league's all-time regular season wins list with 72. He is also one of only three coaches in NLL history to win a championship with two teams (Calgary 2004 and Washington 2010). But it's not the past Hall is concerned with; his thoughts are already focused on the 2013 season, which is slated to begin in January.

"We still have a very strong roster that's pretty young," he said. "But there's always improvements to be made and we are preparing to do that through the draft and in free agency. Last year was a wake up call for our guys and proof that there's not much separating first from worst in our league. There will be no signs of complacency for us this year, that's for sure."

The Stealth will open training camp in December with the 16-game regular season schedule beginning in January. The team will play eight home games at the Comcast Arena at Everett.

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Everett, Wash. The Washington Stealth has announced the signings of defensemen Curtis Hodgson and Matt Beers, pending approval by the National Lacrosse League. Both players have spent their entire careers with the Stealth organization and in the last three seasons have missed only three games combined.

Hodgson, 30, joined the Stealth in 2005 and is one of the leaders on the defensive end. As consistent as there is in the NLL, the Burnaby, B.C. native equaled a career-high with five goals in 2012. He currently ranks second on the Stealth's all-time regular season games played list with 127 and sits seventh in loose balls (486). In his career, he has 74 points (29g, 45a) and has appeared in 11 postseason games.

"Curtis is simply a rock and has been a fixture in our back end for years and having him back in 2013 is a very good thing for our team," said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker. "He brings stability, smarts and leadership to our defense and continues to get better each and every season."

Beers, 22, is in his third season after being selected by the Stealth 13th overall in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft. Already considered on of the league's top defenders, Beers had a career year in 2012. He set new career highs in goals (5), assists (11) and points (16) while grabbing 59 loose balls. In his career, the Coquitlam, B.C. native has 32 points (8g, 24a) and 202 loose balls in 46 regular season games.

"Matt is coming off a very good season in 2012 and has quickly developed into one of the best defenseman in the NLL," said Locker. "He is a player who brings it every single night and we are very excited to have him wearing a Stealth jersey again this year."

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