December 17, 2010

Palidwor Renegs on Retirement, Joins Calgary

from press release

CALGARY -- Curtis Palidwor had a change of heart after announcing his retirement earlier this week and will be giving the NLL another chance by attending the Roughnecks final weekend of training camp. The Roughnecks have signed Palidwor to a one-year contract pending league approval.

In 12 seasons, four for which he manned the net for the Roughnecks (2003-2006), Palidwor has played in 149 regular and post season games garnering 4,290 saves and a save percentage of 76%. In 2010 Palidwor incurred a severe eye injury in Colorado Mammoth's first game, which in turn had him out for the entire season.

The 37 year-old veteran noted to the NLL that his fondest memory of his pro career has been winning the Championship Cup in 2004 with the Roughnecks, where he had 41 saves which resulted in him being honored as the Champions Cup MVP.

December 18 and 19th wraps up the Roughnecks final weekend of training camp at Genesis Place in Airdrie before the final roster is selected. Saturday, between 3:00-5:00 p.m. the Roughnecks will be hosting a Red and White game which is open to the public.

The first two weekends of training camp demonstrated outstanding work ethic and coaches Dave Pym, Curt Malawsky and Bob McMahon have all been impressed with the effort put forward by those vying for a position on the team.

Six players were released by the Roughnecks following Week 2 of training camp: Colin Bloom, Josh Sartorelli, Tyler Pridham, Mitch Dumont, Tory Gardner and Owen Williams. Sam Kowalyk remains on the Roughnecks Injured Reserve list, following an injury incurred during the opening weekends training camp.

Thee remaining players will be vying for their spot on the Roughnecks roster, with 26 attending training camp this weekend. The NLL requires active rosters to be submitted to the league by December 23, 2010.

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