Aaron Pascas made the Rock roster via tryout camp, and became an important part of the team's 2011 championship run. Photo Credit: Graig Abel
On Wednesday, Toronto Rock General Manager Terry Sanderson announced a trade had been completed involving Rock holdout forward Aaron Pascas being sent to the Calgary Roughnecks in exchange for their Third Round Selection (27th overall) in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft.
"Aaron is a smart player who works hard and has good size and speed,” commented Calgary Roughnecks General Manager Mike Board on the 6-foot, 180-pound forward. “He has shown he can score at the NLL level as well as create opportunities for his teammates. We're happy to add him to our left side. He is excited to be joining the Roughnecks and is looking forward to training camp this fall.”
During his 2011 rookie campaign, Pascas played 14 games with Toronto, tallying 15 goals while adding eight assists and collecting 46 loose balls. That same season, Pascas won his first Champion’s Cup, recording one goal and scooping eight loose balls over three playoff contests. In 2011, the Port Coquitlam, British Columbia product was named to the NLL’s All-Rookie Team.
Pascas was signed by the Rock prior to the 2011 season after being signed as an unrestricted free agent out of the teams’ rookie and free agent camp which took place in the fall of 2010.
The 25-year old native of Port Coquitlam, BC played just one season in Toronto capturing the NLL Champion’s Cup with the Rock in 2011. Prior to the start of the 2012 season, Pascas was moved to the Rock’s holdout list and did not play at any point during last season.
“Aaron was a big contributor to our championship in 2011,” said Sanderson. “Being from the west coast, this is a better fit for Aaron. We thank him for his contributions to the success of the Toronto Rock and wish him the best in the future.”
This deal isn’t the first made between the two teams over the past year. At the 2012 NLL trade deadline in March, Goaltender Nick Rose was acquired from Calgary in exchange for Toronto’s 2014 First Round NLL Entry Draft Selection. When Toronto was eliminated from the playoffs prior to the Champion’s Cup Final, the Rock received Calgary’s Second Round Selection in the 2014 NLL Entry Draft as further compensation to complete that earlier deal.