March 29, 2011

Bandits to Retire Rich Kilgour's No. 16

from press release

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler on Tuesday announced that the Bandits will honor a legend of Bandits lacrosse when they retire Rich Kilgour's jersey number 16 in a ceremony prior to their Apr. 16 game against the Boston Blazers at 7:30 p.m.

To celebrate the occasion, the Bandits have lowered all 300 level ticket prices to $16. All fans in attendance will also receive a commemorative Rich Kilgour lacrosse card.

Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased in person at the HSBC Arena Box Office, by calling 1-888-467-2273 or online at or

Kilgour will join brother Darris Kilgour as the second player to have his number retired by the franchise. Darris Kilgour's number 43 was retired by the Bandits in March 2001. The Bandits also honored Thomas Gardner, a prominent figure in youth lacrosse in Western New York, by retiring his number 34 after his passing in 1998.

Rich Kilgour played in 200 career regular season games as a defensive specialist for the Bandits, scoring 317 career points (94 goals, 223 assists). He was a part of the 1993 champion Bandits, the only team in league history to go undefeated through the regular season and playoffs (10-0).

Kilgour remains ranked among the top five Bandits all-time in six out of the seven major career statistical categories, including games played (2nd), assists (3rd), points (4th), loose balls (5th), penalty minutes (4th) and faceoff wins (2nd). His 94 goals as a Bandit leave him only two goals shy of the fifth spot in franchise history in the final category.

Kilgour spent the entirety of his 18-year playing career (1992-2009) with the Bandits, serving as the franchise's longest-tenured captain for 12 seasons from 1998 to 2009. His teams made the playoffs 13 times and won four championships (1992, 1993, 1996 and 2008). Kilgour retired after the 2009 season. He joined the Bandits' coaching staff for the 2011 season after a year away from professional lacrosse.

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