Calgary Roughnecks transition player Nolan Heavenor announced his retirement from the sport after eight seasons in the NLL. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Calgary Roughnecks transition player Nolan Heavenor has announced his retirement from the sport of lacrosse. Heavenor, a member of the Roughnecks for seven seasons (2007-13), has played over 110 National Lacrosse League regular season and playoff games combined.
“I like the fact that I have left the game on my own terms and can still play, it wasn’t a career-ending injury or anything like that that forced me out,” Heavenor said. “I still have passion for the game and always will. I’m now thinking long term along the lines of my family and being able to spend more time at home. It’s been an honour to be part of the Roughnecks family and I wish the team much success next season.”
“Nolan not only had passion for the game, he represented what a Roughneck is,” said Roughnecks General Manager, Alternate Governor and Director of Business Operations Mike Board. “He was an awesome teammate and the type of player that would go through a wall for you. He’s had a great career, won numerous championships and we are disappointed to see him go, but understand his decision and wish him all the best.”
The Roughnecks acquired the Victoria, British Columbia product from the Minnesota Swarm in August 2006 in exchange for a second-round pick (23rd overall) and third-round (31st overall) selection in the 2006 NLL Entry Draft. Heavenor recorded 95 points (42 goals, 53 assists) while collecting 488 loose balls and winning 287 of 513 face-offs over 99 games played with Calgary.
The 31-year-old transition player posted six goals and six assists for 12 points over 12 career playoff games. In addition to winning the Champion’s Cup with Calgary in 2009, the eight-year NLL veteran also won the 2002 NCAA Division II Championship with Limestone College.