November 16, 2009

NLL: Gallant Takes Over As Mammoth Captain

from press release

DENVER – The Colorado Mammoth announced today that defenseman John Gallant has been named team captain for 2010.  Fellow defenseman, Bruce Murray has been tabbed one of two assistant captains along with transition player Nick Carlson.

“I’m truly honored to be named as the team’s captain for 2010,” said a humbled Gallant.  “I’ve seen this franchise prosper in Denver, build the best fan base in lacrosse, and I look forward to leading us back in the hunt for another title.”  One of only two active team members remaining from the Washington, DC team that moved to Denver in 2003, Gallant enters his first season as team captain – and just the third in Mammoth history. Gallant played in 63 consecutive regular season games for Colorado before missing the final game of the 2006 season with a spleen injury.  He returned from injury to play in the 2006 title game and helped the Mammoth win the NLL championship.  The 2007 NLL All-Star played in all 16 games for Colorado in 2009 finishing third on the team with 91 loose balls and tallying 12 points.

 Entering his third season with the Mammoth, defenseman Bruce Murray looks to rebound in 2010.  Following a season-ending knee injury near the mid-point of last season, Murray has spent the past several months rehabilitating and preparing for the upcoming campaign.  In nine games last year, “Moose” scooped up 41 loose balls and assisted on four goals.  The Coquitlam, BC native is looking forward to getting back on the field in 2010 and leading a fresh, new defensive squad.  “It means a lot to be named an assistant captain.  To be chosen to help lead a team - hopefully to a championship, it’s quite an honor,” said the 6’1” 260lb. NLL veteran.

Transition specialist, Nick Carlson, enters his seventh season in Colorado.  The Nanaimo, BC native is a two-time All-Star for the Mammoth and was a part of the 2006 Championship team.  Appearing in all 16 regular season games in 2009, Carlson netted four goals and assisted on 14 others, finishing the year with 18 points.  He also vacuumed up an impressive 83 loose balls.   “It’s a tremendous opportunity to be able to lead the team with Gallant and Murray,” said Carlson.  “There is a little pressure on us right now, but at the same time it is a great opportunity.”

“All three of these individuals are outstanding team players.  Each is a tremendous representative of the Mammoth on the floor, in the locker room and in the community.  John Gallant is the embodiment of the Colorado Mammoth and everything we could hope for as the third Captain in the franchise’s history,” boasted Mammoth president and general manager Steve Govett.

Colorado hosts Minnesota at Pepsi Center on Friday, December 18 in preseason action.  The Mammoth opens the 2010 regular season on the road against the Washington Stealth on January 9.  The home-opener is one week later as Colorado hosts the Edmonton Rush at Pepsi Center on Saturday, January 16.  2010 Mammoth season tickets are on-sale now.  Single game tickets for the Mammoth go on sale Friday, December 18.

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