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Prepchuk Returns To New York

12/20/2002, 12:46pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

The New York Saints have re-acquired forward Ben Prepchuk from the Calgary Roughnecks in a trade completed on Friday afternoon. The Saints get Prepchuk and defenseman J.D. Smithson from the Calgary Roughnecks in exchange for forward Rob Kirkby and New York?s first round pick in the 2003 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.

Prepchuk played for the Saints in his rookie season of 2000-2001, where he scored 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native established himself as a threat on offense last season, scoring 40 goals and 38 assists for 78 points while playing for the Roughnecks.

"We are excited to have Ben back in New York," said Saints GM Mike Gongas. "Ben produced some great numbers last year, and we look for more of the same. He's a young player, and his game will only get better."

Kirkby, a 23-year old Kitchener, Ontario native, spent last season between the New York Saints and the Buffalo Bandits where he combined for four goals, 17 assists while grabbing 85 loose balls.

Known throughout the NLL as an all-around all-purpose player, Kirkby is expected to be key part in all aspects of the Roughnecks game including moving the ball up the floor to the high-flying combination of Tracey Kelusky and Kaleb Toth.

?Rob is a huge piece of the puzzle in the overall re-tooling of the Roughnecks roster. We have now upgraded all aspects of our roster and are confident the Roughnecks will be a team to be reckoned with this season,? said Roughnecks President and General Manager, Brad Banister.

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