The Edmonton Rush have announced head coach and general manager Derek Keenan will return behind the bench tomorrow for the Rush’s first “Battle of Alberta” against the team’s archrival Calgary Roughnecks at Scotiabank Saddledome. Watch the matchup, a rematch of last year’s West Division Finals, live on TSN2 (Canada) and WatchESPN (U.S.) starting at 9 p.m. ET.
“I am very grateful for the support and privacy recently received from the Rush organization, especially our assistant coaches, along with the players and fans,” Keenan said. “The time now is to focus on the game plan for the 2015 NLL season and bringing the Champion’s Cup to Crystal Glass Field at Rexall Place.”
Keenan had announced at the beginning of the season that he would be taking a leave from bench duties to be with his wife Wendy, who passed away earlier this month after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
“There was a never a timeframe set for Derek’s return as the needs of his family had to be the first priority,” said Rush owner Bruce Urban. “Derek is immensely respected by the players and fans, and I know that they all will be very excited upon his return.”
The Rush return home to Crystal Glass Field at Rexall Place Friday, Jan. 30 against the New England Black Wolves at 9:30 pm ET.