January 6, 2010

NLL: Knighthawks Ink Evans to Five-Year Deal

from press releases

Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres announced today that the team has extended forward Scott Evans’ contract through the 2014 National Lacrosse League season.
“Scott Evans has a lot to offer this great game of lacrosse. He has the heart of a mountain lion and the skills to match,” said Styres of the five-year extension. “Scott is a leader with grit, desire, commitment and strength that we are going to build the Rochester Knighthawks’ foundation around.”
 Evans, 28, enters his sixth season with the Knighthawks and returns after suffering a season-ending injury in training camp in 2009. The former first-round pick had a career-high 44 goals and earned an NLL All-Star Game selection the season before his injury. The Peterborough, Ontario, native expressed his excitement for the 2010 season, which opens on Saturday, January 9th against the Buffalo Bandits.
 “I’m really excited and happy to be in Rochester for the next five years,” he said. “I love the city and the fans. I hope to be a big part of bringing more championships back to Rochester.”
In 2007, he was a key member of the Knighthawks’ Champion’s Cup team. In his career, he has played in 80 regular season games and stands tied for fourth place on the team’s all-time goals (156) and points list (322). He is also fifth all-time in assists (166). In 2010, he rejoins his brother Shawn Evans in the starting lineup.

Blazers Finalize 23-Man Roster

The Boston Blazers today announced the team’s final 23-man roster for the 2010 season. The professional indoor lacrosse squad returns 18 members from its inaugural season and welcomes five new faces in 2010. Among those returning include last year’s National Lacrosse League MVP Dan Dawson, All-Stars Mitch Belisle and Anthony Cosmo, and 2009 Blazers scoring leader Daryl Veltman.

After finishing with a 10-6 record and tying for first in the NLL’s East Division in the Blazers’ first year, Head Coach Tom Ryan spent the offseason accumulating new talent in an effort to bring Boston a championship in 2010. New members of the Blazers squad include Matt Abbott, a Syracuse graduate and the team’s third overall draft pick in the 2009 entry draft, Ryan Hotaling, a standout attackman from Nazareth College, and Mike Kirk, a defenseman acquired over the summer in exchange for Jason Bloom.

"We are looking forward to the 2010 season following the success that we had in our first season as a team,” said Ryan. "With the new additions to our team and the leadership of Dan Dawson and Anthony Cosmo, we have put ourselves in a positive position for this year.”

2010 Boston Blazers Roster

D Matt Abbott
D Mitch Belisle
F Gary Bining
G Anthony Cosmo
T Nick Cotter
D Dave Cutten
F Dan Dawson
D Paul Dawson
T Greg Downing
D Jon Durno
D Jon Harnett
D Ryan Hotaling
D Mike Kirk
F Matt Lyons
F Sean Morris
T John Ortolani
G Mike Poulin
T Brett Queener
D Jack Reid
G Nick Rose
T Kyle Ross
F Brenden Thenhaus
F Daryl Veltman

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