Charlotte Hounds Make Pair of Trades with Denver Outlaws

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012) The Charlotte Hounds announced a trade that will upgrade their midfield unit, including the addition of a three-time MLL All-Star. The Hounds have sent attackman Jeremy Boltus and the 43rd pick in the 2013 Supplemental Draft to the Denver Outlaws in exchange for midfielders Peet Poillon and Casey Cittadino.

"This was a tough one," said Hounds COO & Dir of Player Personnel Wade Leaphart. "We rolled the dice on Jeremy with our first overall selection in the 2012 Expansion Draft -- and won. His contribution and dedication to the Hounds and his teammates this season is a reflection of what he does in real life. Just an all-around amazing person, inspiration and role model. Can't say enough about the guy."

Boltus, also a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army soon to be stationed in Colorado, played in 11 games for the Hounds before an ACL tear ended his year early. Even with a shortened season he finished third in each of the Hounds' offensive categories, recording 17 goals (including one 2-pointer) and 12 assists for 30 points. Boltus also had a team-best shooting percentage (for players with at least 30 shots) of 39.5%.

"In the MLL, we have multiple factors to consider in player/personnel decisions and Tony (Seaman) and I are in a similar situation," said Leaphart. "This deal made perfect sense, on and off the field. They're getting a true Warrior in Boltus and we're certainly excited to welcome Peet and Casey into the Hounds family. Those guys will play a huge role in our future success."

Poillon is a three-time MLL All-Star who put up 24 goals (including three 2-pointers) and added 13 assists in 11 games for the Outlaws this season. The midfielder posted a shot percentage of 34.3% and his 40 points tied for second in the Outlaws offense. Cittadino, a seven-year MLL veteran, tallied two goals, four assists and added 12 groundballs for the Outlaws.

The Hounds, a 2012 expansion team, finished their inaugural season at 5-9 and sixth place in the league. Tickets for the 2013 season, which begins in April and includes the MLL All-Star Game, are already on sale.

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DENVER The Denver Outlaws completed a pair of trades with the Charlotte Hounds, the team announced on Thursday. In the first transaction, Denver sent midfielder Peet Poillon to Charlotte in exchange for attackman Jeremy Boltus. The team also traded midfielder Casey Cittadino to the Hounds for a sixth-round supplemental draft choice.

Boltus, who earned the 2011 Cascade MLL Rookie of the Year award, tallied 30 points in each of his first two MLL seasons. He was the second overall choice in the 2012 Expansion Draft and led Charlotte with a 39.5 shooting percentage last season.

A 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army, Boltus played at West Point with current Outlaws Adam Fullerton and Justin Bokmeyer. Boltus is scheduled to be stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"Boltus brings us a big, strong attackman who sees the field very well," General Manager Tony Seaman said. "He gives us somebody that I think can give us one of the missing parts to our attack and that is an outstanding feeder."

Poillon, a three-time MLL All Star, heads to Charlotte after scoring 24 goals with 13 assists for Denver in 2012.

"I have the greatest respect in the world for Peet Poillon and what he has meant to the Denver Outlaws," Seaman said. "He is a tremendous midfielder a great player and a great locker room guy he was a real key to our success. In order to improve the overall team, we needed an attackman that could feed the ball and get it to guys like Matthews and Bocklet and McBride on the inside."

Cittadino, who has moved to the Charlotte area, was traded in exchange for a sixth-round pick (43rd overall) in the 2013 MLL Supplemental Draft.

2012-09-13



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