Washington has traded transition player Kyle Hartzell to Philadelphia in exchange for draft picks. Photo Credit: Richard Olson
In a trade completed on Friday, the Washington Stealth traded transition player Kyle Hartzell and their fifth round selection in the 2012 Entry Draft (39th overall) to the Philadelphia Wings in exchange for their third round selection (23rd overall) in the 2012 Entry Draft and their fifth round selection in the 2013 Entry Draft.
Hartzell is a four-year NLL veteran who tallied four assists and 41 loose balls in 13 games last season. He was also an integral part of the 2010 Washington Stealth championship winning team. Hartzell won a bronze medal as a member of Team USA at the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.
“We are very excited to get Kyle on our team. We worked hard to acquire him last year but the timing just wasn’t right,” said Wings Co-Owner and Executive Vice President Michael French. “He is an extremely athletic defensemen and has a lot of the same attributes of our current defenders that will mesh well on the team.”
“This is a good trade for all parties,” said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker. “Kyle gets to play closer to home and the Stealth gets another early draft pick in a deep NLL Entry Draft.”
The Stealth now holds picks number, 11, 12, 19, 21 and 23 in the first three rounds of the draft. The Stealth also holds the 30th (fourth round) and 48th (sixth round) selections in 2012. The two teams swapped fifth round picks in the trade; the Stealth receiving a 2013 fifth rounder in exchange for this year’s fifth round selection (39th overall).
Hartzell spent all four seasons of his NLL career with the Stealth after being signed by the Stealth as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2009 season. The Dundalk, Md., native returns to the East Coast to play for the Wings.