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Swarm Re Sign Four Players

11/28/2010, 12:30pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

Nick Patterson among four returnees for Minnesota

The Minnesota Swarm have announced that the team has re-signed forwards Andrew Watt and Travis Hill to two-year contract extensions. The Swarm also re-signed goaltender Nick Patterson and defenseman Matt Kelly to one-year deals.


Travis Hill looks to come back strong after missing the 2010 season with a torn ACL.

The Minnesota Swarm have announced that the team has re-signed forwards Andrew Watt and Travis Hill to two-year contract extensions. The Swarm also re-signed goaltender Nick Patterson and defenseman Matt Kelly to one-year deals.

Watt, 26, appeared in 14 games for the Swarm in 2010. He recorded 11 points (7g, 4a) and collected 81 loose balls. In two seasons with Minnesota, Watt has participated in 27 games and tallied 28 points (13g, 15a) and 149 loose balls.

"Andrew Watt is quickly becoming an explosive player on the NLL scene with his transition skills and goal scoring ability," said Swarm General Manager Marty O'Neill. "We drafted Watty as a forward and made him into a defenseman, and he's responded quite well. 2011 should be the breakout season for Andrew."

Hill, 28, has appeared in 43 career games since being acquired by the Swarm in 2005. He has collected a total of 276 loose balls and recorded 30 points (5g, 25a). Hill sat out the 2010 season on the Injured Reserve List as he recovered from a torn ACL.

"Getting Travis back on the field and in the dressing room is a big plus for the Swarm," stated O'Neill. "It's important to have players like Travis in the fold. He truly cares about every aspect of the organization and has proven it on and off the field. The fans at Xcel can once again watch the hustle and gritty play of T.Hill."

Patterson, 27, a native of Victoria, BC, is an eight-year veteran of the NLL. He appeared in all 16 games for the Swarm last season and recorded 459 saves, a 12.29 GAA and a 0.748 SV%. Patterson has played in 102 games with Vancouver and Minnesota, tallying a record of 32-27 with a 12.03 GAA and 0.760 SV%.

"We are glad to get Nick into camp under a new contract," said O'Neill. "With any team in this league, a huge key to success is consistent goaltending and that is what we are needing again from Nick this season. Patterson has been a big part of this team's past successes and we expect that to continue this season."

Kelly, 24, was selected 54th overall by the Minnesota Swarm in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009. During his collegiate career, he helped his team win the NCAA Championship in 2006 and was a 2009 Honorable Mention All-American.

"Matt Kelly has a substantial athletic background that has peaked our interest, so he will attend camp and compete for a job," said O'Neill.

The Swarm open their 2011 season on January 8, hosting the Rochester Knighthawks at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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