The Washington Stealth have announced the re-signings of four players who return for the 2013 season. The Stealth have re-signed two of the teams core defensemen in Curtis Hodgson and Matt Beers. The club has also re-signed goaltender Kevin Croswell and forward Mike Mallory.
Both Hodgson and Beers have spent their entire careers with the Stealth organization and in the last three seasons have missed only three games combined.
Hodgson, 30, joined the Stealth in 2005 and is one of the leaders on the defensive end. As consistent as there is in the NLL, the Burnaby, B.C. native equaled a career-high with five goals in 2012. He currently ranks second on the Stealth’s all-time regular season games played list with 127 and sits seventh in loose balls (486). In his career, he has 74 points (29g, 45a) and has appeared in 11 postseason games.
“Curtis is simply a rock and has been a fixture in our back end for years and having him back in 2013 is a very good thing for our team,” said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker. “He brings stability, smarts and leadership to our defense and continues to get better each and every season.”
Beers, 22, is in his third season after being selected by the Stealth 13th overall in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft. Already considered on of the league’s top defenders, Beers had a career year in 2012. He set new career highs in goals (5), assists (11) and points (16) while grabbing 59 loose balls. In his career, the Coquitlam, B.C. native has 32 points (8g, 24a) and 202 loose balls in 46 regular season games.
“Matt is coming off a very good season in 2012 and has quickly developed into one of the best defenseman in the NLL,” said Locker. “He is a player who brings it every single night and we are very excited to have him wearing a Stealth jersey again this year.”
Croswell joined the Stealth midway through the 2012 season, appearing in three games and posting a 9.60 goals against average and a .789 save percentage. He was named the NLL’s defensive player of the week after making 41 saves in a 14-9 win over the Toronto Rock in his first game with the Stealth.
2013 will mark the sixth season of Croswell’s NLL career, including stints with the Minnesota Swarm and Edmonton Rush. He has a career 11.58 goals against average and .775 save percentage in 1,072 minutes of action.
“Kevin came in and did a spectacular job for us last season,” said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker. “He has all the skills necessary to be a top goaltender in this league and we are looking forward to having him with us again this season.”
Mallory was originally drafted by the Stealth in the third round (21st overall) of the 2011 NLL Entry Draft. He appeared in one game his rookie season after spending the majority of 2012 on the Stealth’s practice roster.
“Mike has the potential to become a terrific player in the NLL,” said Locker. “He has shown a real knack for scoring goals and is incredibly exciting with the ball in his stick.”
The team also recently announced that head coach Chris Hall has signed on to return to the Stealth bench for the 2013 season.