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

"We really love Dave and Mike and appreciated their commitment to the Wings organization and know they will enjoy their new roles in Buffalo," said Wings Head Coach and General Manager Johnny Mouradian. "Kevin played with a number of our players on the United States Indoor National Team last year in Prague that was coached by Blane Harrison, so there is some nice familiarity with our team."

In addition to receiving the Bandits third round pick in the 2013 NLL entry draft, the Wings also sent forward Mike Hominuck and transition player David Brock to Buffalo in the trade. Last season Hominuck scored 14 goals and added 36 assists while Brock tallied three goals, two assists and 66 recovered loose balls.

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Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres announced today that the team has re-signed defensemen Kyle Laverty and Jamie Batson. The contracts are pending league approval.

Laverty enters his fifth season with the Knighthawks after agreeing to a one-year deal. The gritty defenseman capped off the 2012 season with the Knighthawks by winning a World Championship.

"Over the last four years there have been a lot of changes to the team and in the dressing room, but we have grown together as a team and family. Curt is an amazing owner, he looks after us very well. Rochester is an amazing city, with amazing fans, and amazing support. There is no other place I would rather play," said Laverty.

This past season, he appeared in 10 regular season games and all three playoff games. The Peterborough, Ontario native enters his 13th season in the NLL and fifth with the Knighthawks. He stands as the league's all-time penalty minutes leader (621), and ranks sixth in team history with 217 penalty minutes in just four seasons. He arrived in Rochester in 2009 after spending a five-year career with the Buffalo Bandits. He won his first NLL Championship in 2008 as a member of the Bandits. The 32-year-old was originally a fifth-round selection (38th overall) of the Ottawa Rebel in the 2000 NLL Entry Draft.

Batson, who agreed to a two-year deal, begins his second pro season after attending the Knighthawks Open Tryouts. The Comox, BC native made his preseason debut against Philadelphia on December 11th, scoring a goal in transition in an 11-8 come-from-behind victory. He cracked the lineup on February 18th where the 6-0, 200 pound Batson played defense and transition, even taking faceoffs, as the Knighthawks rallied to beat the Washington Stealth 15-12. He capped off his rookie season by winning the Champion's Cup.

Throughout the 2012 campaign, Batson continued to contribute as an active roster and practice player. This summer, the 27-year-old showed his continued improvement as a featured defenseman with the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks. The MSL Rookie of the Year Candidate appeared in 13 games for the Kodiaks.

"I learned a lot from just practicing and watching the games," said Batson. "It taught me about defensive awareness and positioning. I am a completely different player than I was last year."

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Everett, Wash. The Washington Stealth announced today that defenseman Mike Grimes has been signed for the 2013 season, pending approval by the National lacrosse League. Grimes is entering his seventh NLL season, his fifth with the Stealth, and is widely regarded as one of the league's top defensemen.

Grimes, a native of Peterborough, Ontario, notched 12 points (6g, 6a) and 65 loose balls in 2012 despite missing three games due to injury. He established himself as one of the top offensive defensemen in the NLL in 2011, leading all NLL defensemen in goals (11) and points (21), both career highs. His 10 assists and 103 loose balls were also career highs in his 2011 All-Star season.

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2012-08-15



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