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

A 2004 Buffalo draft pick, the Arthur, Ontaro native never dressed for the Bandits, but has seen time with Philadelphia, New York, Rochester, Boston and Toronto in his career.

The Bandits had previously received the 14th overall pick in a trade from the Minnesota Swarm. Buffalo retains the fifth overall pick and three second-round selections, giving them four of the first 18 picks in the draft, which Dietrich noted that the team plans to use.

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Toronto Rock General Manager Terry Sanderson announced the signings of three players on Thursday. Goaltenders Nick Rose and Zak Boychuk as well as defenceman Damon Edwards have each signed one-year contracts that will see them return to the Rock in 2013.

Rose was acquired from Calgary at the trade deadline in March of this year and his arrival provided a spark for the Rock that led them to the East Division regular season crown. After Rose was brought in to tend goal, the Rock went 5-1 down the stretch with the 24-year old as the starter.

Edwards was signed as a free agent last season when the Rock ran into some injury problems and the second year defenceman made the most of his opportunity emerging as one of the teams' most reliable defenders injecting speed and energy into the lineup.

With the off-season retirement of backup goaltender Pat Campbell, Boychuk will come to camp to compete for a roster spot after spending the 2012 season on the Rock practice roster. Boychuk was originally drafted by the Rock in 2010 but failed to crack the Rock roster prior to the 2011 season.

Beginning yesterday teams were permitted to begin signing Unrestricted Free Agents to contracts. Additionally, teams can also sign Restricted Free Agents to an offer sheet. The team that owns the Restricted Free Agents' rights can retain the player by matching the offer.

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Everett, Wash. The National Lacrosse League free agency period opened today and the Washington Stealth wasted little time, signing six players for the 2013 season, pending league approval. The players will be part of the Stealth's 40-man training camp squad this December, fighting for one of 23 spots on the team's regular season active roster.

Of the six players signed by the Stealth today, two have experience playing in the NLL. Peter Jacobs was originally drafted as an 18-year old by the Portland Lumberjax in the 2007 NLL Entry Draft. The left-handed forward played in 36 games over a three-year span, recording 67 points (37g, 30a). Originally from Hogansburg, N.Y., Jacobs plays summer lacrosse for the St. Regis Braves of the Ontario Lacrosse Association and in 21 regular season games, tallied 77 points (38g, 39a).

Brett Hickey was the Stealth's fifth round selection (43rd overall) in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft. The right-handed forward spent the majority of the season on the Stealth's practice roster, appearing in six games with a goal and three assists. The Windsor, Ontario native has also become a part of the local Washington lacrosse community, serving as the assistant coach at Eastside Catholic High School where the team went to its first Washington State Championship game in 2012.

The Stealth also signed left-handed forward Jerome Thompson today. Thompson, also a product of Hogansburg, N.Y., was originally drafted in the third round of the 2011 NLL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Bandits. He has played the last two summer seasons with the St. Regis Braves, tallying 119 points (46g, 73a) in 25 games over two seasons. Thompson was named the 2009 National Junior College Player of the Year at Onondaga Community College (N.Y.), where he tallied 122 points (65g, 56a) in a single season.

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2012-08-15



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