Kevin Ross scored 28 goals and tallied 31 assists for Minnesota during the 2012 season. Photo Credit: Larry Palumbo
On Thursday, the Minnesota Swarm and Philadelphia Wings came to terms on a trade, sending left-handed forward Kevin Ross to the Wings, in exchange for Philadelphia's first round draft pick in 2015.
Ross is a five-year NLL veteran who tallied career bests with 28 goals and 31 assists in 16 games last season. Posting at least one goal in every game during the 2012 season, the Wings expect that the addition of Ross will strengthen the left side of the offense, joining forwards Mike Hominuck and Brendan Mundorf as the top left-handed forwards for the Wings.
"The Wings and our coaching staff have been trying to strengthen our left side. We already have some very talented players there, but they can also play transition." said Wings president Michael French. "Kevin Ross, unfortunately, had a nine-point game against us last season in Minnesota. We're excited that he's on our side moving forward."
Ross, 27, posted 59 points (28g, 31a), 45 loose balls, and five forced turnovers in 16 games with the Swarm in 2012. Minnesota acquired the London, Ontario native as a free agent in 2009. In four seasons with the Swarm, Ross tallied 179 points (77g, 102a), and collected 198 loose balls in 63 games.
"It's been a pleasure to have Kevin on the Swarm the past four years," Owner & President John Arlotta said. "I'd like to thank Kevin for his contributions both on and off the field during his time in Minnesota, and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward in Philadelphia, where he will get the chance to play closer to home."