December 6, 2013

USA Hopeful Thul Among Philadelphia Wings Signees

from Press Release

The Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) have signed defender Brett Manney and rookies Garret Thul and Michael Diehl to one-year contracts. The Wings have also come to terms with Ryan Ward on a two-year agreement.

Assistant Captain Brett Manney enters his sixth season in the NLL and fourth with the Wings. A native of Newton, PA, Manney made 14 starts during the regular and post-seasons in 2013. He contributed on defense with seven forced turnovers and recovered 39 loose balls.

Free agent acquisition, Ryan Ward, returns to the Wings after originally being drafted by them in 2004. Ward spent his initial two seasons in Philadelphia as well as time with Minnesota and most recently Edmonton. Last season he appeared in all 16 regular season games contributing 75 points (54 assists, 21 goals).

Garrett Thul enters his first season in the NLL with the Philadelphia Wings. Thul graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was a three-time USILA All-American and is Army's career leader in goals (163). Thul spent the 2013 outdoor season with the Hamilton Nationals of the MLL. He is currently an active member of the United States military.

Michael Diehl enters his first season with the Wings and the NLL. He attended the 2013 Free Agent camp for the Wings. A graduate of Rutgers University, Diehl played four seasons for the Scarlet Knights as a midfielder and was a top contributor on offense.

The Philadelphia Wings will host the Buffalo Bandits at Wells Fargo Center for their 2014 season home opener on Sunday, January 12, at 4 p.m.

Single game tickets for the Philadelphia Wings 2014 NLL season are available now. Call 215-389-WING (9464) or visit to purchase.

2014 Holiday Packs are available now for the Philadelphia Wings featuring four tickets to a select game and exclusive Wings gifts beginning at $69. Call 215-389-WING (9464) or visit to purchase.

The Philadelphia Wings are owned and operated by Philadelphia Wings L.P., whose principal owners are Michael French, Brad Brewster and Ted Goldthorpe. Comcast-Spectacor serves as the marketing, promotional, advertising, sponsorship and publicity arm of the Wings.

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