Calgary Roughnecks principal owner and General Manager, Brad Banister, today announced the acquisition of Devan Wray, the older brother of the 'Necks first pick in this year's National Lacrosse League draft, Taylor Wray.
When Banister and Head Coach Chris Hall travelled to Toronto for the National Lacrosse League's annual draft in October, they were hoping to land both Wray boys.
But just before they got to their second pick, the Vancouver Ravens snapped up the other part of the Edmonton duo, Devan.
Today, the Ravens agreed to surrender Devan Wray, 23, in return for Calgary's first selection in the 2005 NLL draft.
'I can't begin to tell you how excited we are to get both Wray boys on our squad,' said Banister.
'They are both impact players and an added bonus is that they are from Alberta.'
Banister explained: 'It's important that minor lacrosse players in Alberta have something to aspire to, a club to support and heroes to cheer for.
'When we started this franchise three years ago, we built it around Calgary product Kaleb Toth. Now we're going to take it to the next level with two bright prospects from Edmonton.'
He added: 'As we grow, we will continue to try and find jobs for Alberta kids.'
Coach Hall added: 'I am thrilled about obtaining Devan. It's great news for the Roughnecks in particular and Alberta lacrosse in general.
'We obviously wanted to grab Devan at the draft, but were not surprised that he went before our second pick came around. After all, we ranked him in the top 10 and were surprised that he lasted until 20th.'
Hall said Devan will be used mainly as a transition player though under certain circumstances he might also play defence or forward. 'He also gives us considerable depth in the face off circle,' said Hall.
When Taylor Wray, 22 - the undisputed best defender in the latest NLL draft -- was taken second overall last month, Calgary Director of Player Personnel Dave Bremner said of the 6-ft. 2-in, 230 pounder: 'He's awesome. He's going to be a huge intimidating force in this league.'
Banister said today, 'Devan is built along the same lines as Taylor, though he may be slightly shorter. But he's just as aggressive and he too will be a starter.'
Both Wrays are graduates of Duke University and together they won two Minto Cup junior A national championships with the Burnaby Lakers.