MLL and NLL: Recent Transactions and Other News

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Chicago Machine Acquires Draft Picks

The Chicago Machine announced today the trade of Ryan Mollett, defenseman, in exchange for three draft picks from the New Jersey Pride. The Chicago Machine will now have New Jersey's 2nd round college pick in 2006 15th overall - and New Jersey's 2nd round and 5th round college picks in 2007.

Mollett was acquired by the Machine in the 3rd round of the 2006 MLL Expansion Draft as the 12th overall pick. Mollett was an All-Star defenseman with the Rochester Rattlers and will now play for the New Jersey Pride in 2006. In 2001, Mollett was the #1 overall college pick.

Mollett played for Princeton University where he won two National Championships and was captain for the 2001 National Championship team. He is presently attending Yale University's business school and working for BlackRock in their high yield/distressed debt group.

"While we wish Ryan was able to play here in Chicago, we honored his request for a trade," stated Machine Assistant General Manager, Jacques Bagley. "We feel that the picks we received in return will put us in a good position in the college draft the next two years. The 15th pick this year should be a player who can step in and contribute right away. This is a deep draft and this pick replaces the 2nd round pick we traded as part of the Leveille deal."

The Chicago Machine home-opener is on June 3, 2006 at Benedictine University's Sports Complex - "The Home of the Machine". For more information regarding the Chicago Machine game schedule and tickets, please call 847-424-1390.

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NLL Player of the Month Awards: Prout and Merrill Honored

Colorado Mammoth forward Gavin Prout was named the Overall Player of the Month for March and Portland LumberJax defenseman Brodie Merrill was named the Rookie of the Month for March. Prout led Colorado to a 3-2 record during the month while Merrill helped the LumberJax to a 4-2 record during the month. Prout captured the honors after scoring 33 points in his five games while Merrill was honored after scoring 20 points in six games.

Gavin Prout led the Mammoth to a 3-2 record in March including two wins over the Edmonton Rush and a win over the Arizona Sting. The fifth-year forward totaled 33 points on nine goals and 24 assists in March. Prout also collected 29 loose balls and scored four power play goals and a short-handed goal over the five game span.

Brodie Merrill earns March Rookie of the Month honors after helping lead the LumberJax to a 4-2 record during the month. The LumberJax posted four wins during March, all over divisional opponents. In six games Merrill totaled 20 points on eight goals and twelve assists, and collected 82 loose balls. The Georgetown University graduate also scored two short-handed goals during the month.

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DENVER Colorado Mammoth captain Gavin Prout was named the March player of the month on Thursday by the National Lacrosse League.

Prout, a four-time NLL All-Star, won the award after tallying nine goals and 24 assists in five games last month. The Whitby, Ontario, native led the Mammoth to a 3-2 record in March and led the NLL with 33 points. His 52 assists so far this season rank second in the NLL and he is fourth in overall scoring with 76 points.

"Gavin has been our leader all year," Mammoth general manager Steve Govett said. "He is consistently the best player on the floor and he plays with the passion and skill that is indicative of a great captain."

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