December 1, 2009

NLL: More Wheeling, Dealing in Colorado

from press release

DENVER – The Colorado Mammoth announced today a pair of trades that result in the acquisition of veteran forward Chad Culp.  The Mammoth traded forward Ryan Powell to the Edmonton Rush in exchange for Callum Crawford.  Colorado then traded Crawford to Minnesota in exchange for Culp.

Culp, originally from Owen Sound, Ontario had been Minnesota’s all-time leading playoff scorer with 11 points in three games.  In 91 regular-season games, Culp has amassed 255 career points.  Twice the lefty has boasted eight-point nights, with the most recent coming on February 28, 2009 when he scored two goals and assisted on six others against Buffalo.  Culp was also a member of the Owen Sound Woodsmen team that won the 2008 President’s Cup.  “Chad is a very gritty ball player that will be a welcome addition to our young offense,” added Mammoth president and general manager Steve Govett.

Following the Portland dispersal draft on July 7, 2009, the Mammoth acquired Ryan Powell in a trade with New York for the rights to Matt Danowski. 

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.

Swarm Also Signs Three

SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Minnesota Swarm have announced that the team has acquired forward Callum Crawford from the Edmonton Rush.  As part of a three-team trade, the Swarm sent forward Chad Culp to the Colorado Mammoth who traded forward Ryan Powell to Edmonton.

Crawford, 25, recorded 41 points (19g, 22a) and 48 loose balls in 13 contests with the Edmonton last year. Prior to his time with the Rush, Crawford spent the 2008 season with the Chicago Shamrox and finished with 27 points (14g, 13a) along with 37 loose balls. The native of Calgary, AB has tallied 99 points (47g, 52a), 27 PIM and 142 loose balls over his four-year career in the league with Edmonton, Chicago, San Jose, and Calgary.

“Trading Chad was one of the hardest moves I’ve ever had to make in my career. He brought a ton of character to our team and contributed a lot on the field whether it was scoring goals, hustling, or making plays on special teams,” said General Manager Marty O’Neill. “Basically we needed to add some insurance to our right side and we had seven left-handers fighting for five spots in camp. It just made sense for us to go out and get another quality right-handed forward in Callum.”

Culp, 27, was one of the original members of the inaugural Swarm team in 2005. Last season the native of Fergus, ON appeared in 15 contests for the Swarm tallying 35 points (12g, 23a), 7 PIM and 87 loose balls. Culp finishes his tenure in Minnesota ranked third in team history in points (223), goals (86) and assists (137).

Minnesota also announced the signings of defensemen Noah Talbot and Richard Morgan as well as forward Alex Turner to one-year contracts for the 2010 season. Talbot, 29, recorded two points (2a), 7 PIM and collected 62 loose balls while appearing in all 16 contests for the Swarm in 2009. The native of Victoria, BC will be entering his fifth season with Minnesota in 2010 and has played in all but two games with the team the last four years.

”Noah was one of our best defensive players last year and he has been a model of consistency for us,” stated O’Neill. “We are excited to have him along for another season.”

Morgan, 30, was acquired from Edmonton in exchange for the ninth overall selection in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft. The 6'8" 260 lbs. native of Boise, ID spent the last four seasons with the Portland LumberJax. In 16 contests with the LumberJax in 2009, Morgan finished with 16 points (7g, 9a), 40 PIM and collected 68 loose balls.

“We made it a goal this season to add some size to our roster. Richard gives us that and a lot more,” said O’Neill. “He can play on both sides of the ball and he is also great on special teams.”

Turner, 22, was acquired from the Washington Stealth along with goaltender Aaron Bold in exchange for the 13th and 23rd overall selections in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft. In his rookie season last year, the 6’0” 200 lbs. native of Kamloops, BC recorded 16 points (7g, 9a), 4 PIM and collected 21 loose balls in seven contests with the Stealth.

“We looked at drafting Alex two years ago,” stated O’Neill. “He’s an evolving player with great size and offensive abilities.”

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