The Vancouver Stealth continued their busy week of free agency signings by adding 12 players after the team's free agent camp. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
The Vancouver Stealth’s free agent camp took place this past weekend and some players really impressed the Stealth coaching staff. A total of eight new free agents have been signed along with returning players Brett Hickey, Mike Mallory and Neil Tyacke, who also signed as free agents, pending league approval.
Hickey and Mallory spent all of last season on the practice roster for the Stealth but their performance in the summer leagues helped them take huge strides in improving their chance at a spot on the active roster. Tyacke appeared in one game for the Stealth during the 2013 season, facing just seven shots in 11 minutes of play.
The Stealth free agent camp proved to bring out the best in some players, three of which have recent experience in the NLL. Alex Gajic from Burnaby, BC has three seasons worth of NLL experience under his belt, as he played in 32 games and added 98 points (50g, 48a) for the Colorado Mammoth from 2010 to 2012. Alex is also the younger brother of Ilija Gajic, who was recently acquired by the Stealth from the Colorado Mammoth.
Aaron Pascas, a Port Coquitlam, BC native also brings some NLL experience, as he recently played for the Calgary Roughnecks during the 2013 season, scoring 7 points (1g, 6a) in 6 games. He also played 14 games with the Toronto Rock during the 2011 season, adding another 23 points (15g, 8a).
Jamie Shewchuk who hails from Edmonton, Alberta definitely brought the most experience to the free agent camp, he’s played in 86 career NLL regular season games and 4 playoff games (2007-2012). Shewchuk has put up solid numbers throughout his career with both Minnesota and Colorado, collecting a total of 313 points (38g, 176a) over his 6 year career.
This year’s free agent camp went well beyond players with NLL experience as 6 players who brought a wide range of Junior ‘A’ and summer league experience also signed with the Stealth.
The six other free agent signings included a number of strong local players; Sean Lundstrom (Langley, BC), Richard Lachlan (Port Coquitlam, BC), Brandan Smith (Victoria, BC), Neil Arbogast (Vancouver, BC), Scott Rouse (Cloverdale, BC) and Matt Flindell (Victoria, BC).
The recent signing of this year’s free agents is just a stepping stone for players looking to earn a spot on the Stealth roster. They will continue their fight for a roster spot at training camp which is set for the end of November.