NLL Draft Set for Oct. 1; Recent Transactions, Signings

Toronto The Toronto Rock have re-signed defender Jesse Gamble to a one-year contract pending league approval. Gamble was the Rock's top pick in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft after being selected in the 2nd round, 17th overall.

The 24-year old cracked Toronto's opening night roster in 2012 and played in a total of 11 games. He scored 3 goals and added 6 assists for 9 points while collecting 55 loose balls. Gamble proved to be Toronto's most impactful rookie in 2012 injecting speed and athleticism into the lineup.

At the other end of the spectrum, veteran defender Bruce Codd announced his retirement on Monday after 13 seasons in the NLL. The 34-year old native of Orangeville, ON played 183 career regular season games with stops in Albany, Columbus, Montreal, Ottawa, Arizona, Calgary and Toronto.

Later on Monday, Calgary announced that Codd has joined the coaching staff of the Roughnecks as an assistant to newly appointed Head Coach Curt Malawsky for the 2013 season. He's no stranger to the Calgary lacrosse scene having played there for 4 years, capturing a Champion's Cup in 2009 with the Roughnecks.

Also on Monday, the league announced plans for the 2012 NLL Entry Draft and Player Combine. Both events will be hosted by the Rock with the Entry Draft taking place on Monday, October 1st at the Westin Harbour Castle and the Player Combine on Sunday, September 30th at the new Toronto Rock practice facility in Oakville.

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BUFFALO, NY (August 13, 2012) -- Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced that the Bandits have acquired transition player David Brock and forward Mike Hominuck from the Philadelphia Wings in exchange for Kevin Buchanan and a third-round pick in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft.

"These two players are both great, unselfish teammates," Dietrich said. "Along with the others we have recently acquired, they are going to help bring a refreshed attitude to Buffalo, where winning the Champions Cup is the only goal."

Entering his third season in the league, Brock (6'3", 215 lbs., 8/13/86) was drafted seventh overall by the Boston Blazers in 2010. In 26 career games played with Boston and Philadelphia, Brock has recorded 10 points (6+4) and 50 penalty minutes, adding 107 loose balls.

"David is a team-first, athletic defender that has both size and speed," Dietrich said. "He can get out in transition and finish off the break."

Hominuck (5'10", 175 lbs. 5/4/81) returns to the Bandits after beginning his career in Buffalo in 2004. He has since seen time with Portland, Minnesota, Edmonton, Toronto and Philadelphia, and has totaled 290 points (113+177), 51 penalty minutes and 370 loose balls in 90 career regular season games.

"Mike is a very unselfish player who has steadily improved his all-around offensive game throughout his career, finishing fifth in Wings scoring last year," Dietrich said.

In the playoffs, Hominuck has added 14 points (7+7) in five games. Now entering his ninth season in the league, the Welland, Ontario native set a personal best in 2012 with 36 assists.

Dietrich also announced that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with forward Shawn Williams, pending league approval, after acquiring the forward's rights in a trade with Minnesota in July.

Williams recorded 68 points (16+52) and eight penalty minutes in Edmonton last season, leading the Rush in points and ranking sixth in the league in assists. He added 13 points (2+11) in three playoff games. In his career, Williams has totaled 1,038 points (412+626) and 117 penalty minutes in 223 games with Edmonton, Rochester, Buffalo and Toronto/Ontario.

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