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Bandits To Retire Darris Kilgour's Number 43

03/22/2001, 12:32pm EST
By National Lacrosse League


The Buffalo Bandits will have a pre-game ceremony before Sunday's game against the Rochester Knighthawks, to retire current Washington Power Head Coach and former Bandit Darris Kilgour's "number 43". This will be the first player number the Bandits have retired.

Kilgour was Buffalo's first ever draft choice selected in the first round of the 1991 MILL Entry Draft. The Niagara Falls, New York native played for Niagara Wheatfield High School where he was a two-year high school All-American in lacrosse. After graduating from Niagara Wheatfield, Kilgour attended Nazareth College before being drafted by Buffalo.

Before entering the National Lacrosse League, Kilgour played for the Six Nations Chiefs and Brampton Excelsiors of the Ontario Lacrosse Association. He won the Mann Cup in 1992, 1993 and 1994. In 1994, he was selected as the Mann Cup MVP.

The 6-foot, 210-pound defenseman played eight years with Bandits and won three championships in Buffalo. Kilgour is near the top in several career categories for the Bandits. He is first in penalty minutes (257) and face-offs won (264), second in goals (128), points (255) and shots-on goal (399), and third in games played (62).

Kilgour was selected as a second team MILL/NLL All-Pro in 1992 and 1997. During the 1998 season, the defenseman was voted NLL Player of the Month for February. During that month, he recorded 31 points in six games, including the Bandits first-ever seven-goal game.

The highlight of Kilgour's career was in the 1993 MILL Championship Game against the Philadelphia Wings. Kilgour scored the winning goal with 29.7 remaining in regulation time to clinch Buffalo its second championship in as many years.

After playing eight years in Buffalo, Kilgour played one season in Rochester and one for the Albany Attack before retiring in 2000.

The Bandits retired number 34 to honor Thomas Gardner in 1999. Gardner started a large youth lacrosse association in Western New York. Gardner died in 1998.

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