The Vancouver Stealth have signed hometown transition player Ilija Gajic to a two-year contract to complete an offseason trade. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
The Vancouver Stealth announced that they have signed Burnaby, B.C. native Ilija Gajic to a two-year agreement as he enters his first season with the Stealth and fifth season of his NLL career. Gajic played the previous four seasons with the Colorado Mammoth before being traded to the Stealth for Bob Snider this past August.
With the 2014 season fast approaching Gajic couldn’t be happier about the chance to play close to home.
“Having the opportunity to play pro lacrosse in your hometown is a real honor for me, also to be a part of the Stealth organization. They’ve treated me great ever since I was traded here,” said Gajic.
Gajic brings 4 years of experience to the Stealth having played in 53 regular season games for the Mammoth, scoring 62 points (28g, 34a) and grabbing 356 loose balls. He also appeared in 2 playoff games for the Mammoth recording 2 goals and 1 assist to go along with 11 loose balls.
Although Gajic has dealt with some injuries in the past, he feels there is nothing holding him back this season.
“My body feels great this year, I’m not dealing with any injuries so I’m excited to start with a clean slate so to speak. I just want to make an impact right away,” said Gajic.
There’s no doubt that playing professional lacrosse close to home is something special and the Stealth are eager to see what kind of an emotional boost hometown players like Gajic will bring.
“Having Ilija back in BC and representing the Vancouver Stealth is pretty special. We are really excited about what he brings to the team and we can’t wait to see him on the floor,” said Stealth President and General Manager Doug Locker.
Gajic has been a proven winner for his hometown team in the past having won back to back Minto Cups in 2004-2005 with the Junior ‘A’ Burnaby Lakers.
The start of the season is still a few months away but Gajic won’t have to wait long for a game against his former team as the Stealth open the season in Colorado.
“I have a lot of friends that I’ve made over the years and I had many good years in Colorado, but I’m excited for the next chapter,” said Gajic.