Vancouver team captain will undergo surgery with hopes of returning in ’16
The Vancouver Stealth have announced that team captain Kyle Sorensen will undergo knee surgery at the end of the month and will be forced to miss the entire 2015 NLL season with hopes of returning in 2016.
The defenseman played in seven games last season for the Stealth, recording two goals and two assists, while collecting 17 loose balls and forcing ten turnovers. Sorensen has spent his entire career with the Stealth organization since being drafted by the team, second overall in the 2006 NLL Entry Draft.
In 112 career games he’s scored 71 points (28 goals, 41a), collected 492 loose balls and forced 51 turnovers.
“While this decision was a tough one for Kyle, it’s the right decision to have this procedure done now to allow him to return next season fully healthy,” said Stealth President and General Manager Doug Locker. “Kyle is a very important part of our organization and the fact that he will be doing his rehabilitation in BC this spring will allow him to be fully engaged with the team during the coming season, albeit in a non-playing capacity.”
Sorensen was an assistant captain when the Stealth won the NLL Champion’s Cup in 2010 and captained the team to an NLL finals appearance in 2013.
“We will obviously need to restructure our leadership group and will make those decisions in the coming weeks,” said Locker.
NLL training camps will start in November and continues with camp sessions and preseason games through December. The 2015 NLL season, the 29th year of pro indoor lacrosse featuring the world’s best players, opens the weekend of January 2-3.