Jamie Rooney (in blue) in action for Toronto against Buffalo during the 2012 season. Photo Credit: Larry Palumbo
In a trade completed over the weekend, the Toronto Rock have traded Glen Bryan and Jamie Rooney to the Buffalo Bandits in exchange for their 14th overall selection in the 2012 Entry Draft and their fourth round selection in the 2014 Entry Draft.
“We thank Jamie and Glen for their contributions to the Rock,” said Rock General Manager Terry Sanderson. “You have to give something to get something in this league and we wish them the best of luck in Buffalo.”
Rooney was signed as a free agent prior to the start of the 2012 regular season after he was released by the Washington Stealth. The Arthur, Ontario native scored 8 goals and added 6 assists for 14 points in 10 games last season.
Bryan was a selected by Toronto in the 2nd round of the 2010 NLL Entry Draft and was a member of the Rock’s championship team of 2011. The defensive minded 24-year old scooped up 45 loose balls and added 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 9 games during the 2012 campaign.
“With Drew Petkoff coming back and Nick Inch coming to camp, we had an abundance of NLL caliber defenders that could be in our lineup on any given night,” explained Sanderson. “We felt the depth we have defensively could help us acquire a quality pick in the upcoming draft.”
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich offers his team’s perspective on the trade. "We are very excited to add both Glen and Jamie," Dietrich said. "We thought that getting a chance to add two players that have a strong chance to play in our opening night lineup for a second-round pick was too much to pass up."
"Glen is a terrific young defender who has been a winner at all levels," Dietrich said. "Jamie is a fearless offensive player who is very unselfish and has a great touch around the net.”
Previous to the acquisition of the 2012 2nd round NLL Entry Draft selection from Buffalo, the Rock would have to wait for 19 players to be selected before they would have been able to step to the podium and use their first pick, the 20th overall selection and last pick of the second round.
The Bandits had previously received the 14th overall pick in a trade from the Minnesota Swarm. Buffalo retains the fifth overall pick and three second-round selections, giving them four of the first 18 picks in the draft, which Dietrich noted that the team plans to use.