September 13, 2012

Hounds Trade Boltus to Denver, Get 'Pistol Peet'

from staff reports

BOSTON – The Charlotte Hounds on Thursday announced that sends 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 & Director 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%. He was the league's rookie of the year in 2011.

"In the MLL, we have multiple factors to consider in player/personnel decisions and [Outlaws general manager 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."

“Boltus brings us a big, strong attackman who sees the field very well,” 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 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.

“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.”

Outlaws attackman and reigning MLL MVP Brendan Mundorf had surgery Tuesday to repair an injury to his left ankle, suffered in practice the day before Denver's semifinal playoff game against Long Island.

The Hounds, a 2012 expansion team, finished their inaugural season at 5-9 and sixth place in the league.

"Love the @CharlotteMLL organization from top/down. Couldn't be more classy people associated. Going to miss the #CLT & the boys," Boltus tweeted Thursday.

"On the flip side, stoked to be part of @DenverOutlaws. Got some real studs all over and just hoping I can contribute. #NomoreZinkyardsales," he added, referring to MLL Defensive Player of the Year Lee Zink, now a teammate with the Outlaws.

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