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Bandits Announce Home Exhibition Game

11/22/2002, 1:12am EST
By National Lacrosse League

The Buffalo Bandits announce today that they will play in two preseason games this year. The team will host New Jersey on December 6th and play at Ottawa on November 30th.

Buffalo and New Jersey will clash for the first time ever at the HSBC Arena at 7:00 PM. The game will be free to the public. The game will be 'Pick-A-Seat' night where fans will have the opportunity to choose available seats for the purchase of a season ticket package. Bandits sales representatives will be on hand to assist fans with any questions.

The Bandits will travel to Ottawa and take on the Rebel at 7:30 PM at the Civic Centre. The two teams did not meet during the 2001-2002 season. Buffalo is 2-0 against Ottawa outscoring the Rebel 31-22.

Buffalo will continue training camp at the Lakemount Sportsplex in Grimsby, Ontario. The team practices every Tuesday at 6:30 PM, every Saturday at 8:00 PM and every Sunday at 8:00 AM.

The Bandits will open the season on January 4 against the Albany Attack. Face off is set for 7:00 PM. Season tickets for the Bandits are on sale now at the HSBC Arena. Please call (716) 855-4444 ext. 82 to get your seats today.

The Bandits also announce that they have signed forward Ray Guze to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Guze attended the Bandits Open Tryout on October 26 and was invited to attend training camp by General Manager Kurt Silcott. After the opening weekend of camp Guze was signed to the one-year contract.

The 6'2' defenseman played lacrosse for the Burnaby Lakers for two seasons and the North Shore Thunder for three seasons. Last season he netted two goals and five assists in 16 games for the Thunder. He also played one year of professional hockey for the Rockford Ice Hogs of the United Hockey League.

'I think it's great that Ray has made the team. You always hope that you can find one player at those types of try-outs (open try-outs) and that usually doesn't happen. We had over 100 players show up back in October and Ray was has worked hard throughout the process and has earned a spot on this year's club,' said General Manager Kurt Silcott. 'He's a very athletic defenseman with great footwork. We noticed his footwork right away and he continued to impress the coaching staff in training camp last weekend.'

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