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Stealth sign Grimes, Sorensen

10/30/2013, 12:15pm EDT
By NLL.com

Vancouver re-signs two key defensemen to start free agency

The Vancouver Stealth re-signed Mike Grimes to a one-year contract agreement and captain Kyle Sorensen to a two-year deal. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The Vancouver Stealth have announced that they have re-signed captain Kyle Sorensen to a two-year deal as he enters his eighth season with the organization along with fellow defenseman and five-year Stealth veteran Mike Grimes to a one-year deal.

Sorensen has played in 91 career NLL games, all with the Stealth, and has 61 points (25g, 36a) and 400 loose balls in his regular season career. He also has a goal, five assists and 75 loose balls in 14 career postseason games.

When it came time to re-sign the former second-overall pick in the 2006 NLL Entry Draft, Stealth management felt that it was an easy decision.

“Kyle is the heart and soul of the Stealth and we could not be happier today to know that he will be in a Vancouver Stealth jersey for the next two seasons,” said President and General Manager Doug Locker. “He is a great leader, teammate and one of the top players in the National Lacrosse League. His two-year agreement recognizes his efforts on our behalf.”

Sorensen shared in the excitement about re-signing for another two years.

“Being a part of this organization is something I have been proud of since day one,” he said. “With the team coming up to Canada to play in our home country, it’s a pretty special feeling and to be offered a two-year contract is very humbling.”

Sorensen didn’t have to think about his decision for very long when it came time to sign the contract.

“I couldn’t wait to put my name on that sheet of paper,” Sorensen said.

Sorensen has been a proven winner throughout his career having led the Stealth to a Champion's Cup win in 2010 and two trips to the Champion's Cup final in the last three years. Sorensen would like to see his team competing for the Champion's Cup again this year after falling just one win short of the title in the previous year.

“Our ultimate goal is to get back to the Championship game and win the Champion's Cup,” he said.

Grimes is coming off a solid 2013 campaign where he was named to the NLL All-Pro Second Team as a defenseman. It was the first All-Pro award of his career.

Grimes is entering his sixth season with the Stealth and eighth season of his NLL career. The big 6’3 defenseman continues to be a dominant force in the defensive end and the Stealth are hoping that style of play remains the same for the 2014 season.

Grimes has appeared in 97 regular season games in the NLL, collecting 86 points (36g, 50a) and 528 loose balls. He has also tallied 12 points (2g, 10a) and 67 loose balls in 11 postseason games. Grimes is a proven winner as well helping the Stealth to a 2010 Champion's Cup Title and two Champion's Cup Finals appearances in the last three years.

Vancouver's training camp is set to begin at the end of November. The Stealth will begin the 2014 NLL regular season on the road in Colorado on Saturday, Jan. 4 followed by their home opener at the Langley Events Centre on Jan. 11 against the Minnesota Swarm.

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