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Teams Announce Rosters For 2015

Find out which players made the final cut following league’s roster deadline

National Lacrosse League teams have announced 20-man active rosters and practice squads for the 2015 NLL season following the roster cutdown deadline on Thursday, Dec. 18. Find each team’s updated roster below to see which players made the final cut with the start of the new year right around the corner.

Buffalo Bandits

Forwards (7): Ryan Benesch, Chad Culp, Joe Resetarits, Dhane Smith, Mark Steenhuis, John Tavares, Jerome Thompson.

Transition (8): David Brock, Kevin Brownell, Brandon Goodwin, Alex Kedoh Hill, Jay Thorimbert, Andrew Watt, Nick Weiss, Mitch Wilde.

Defensemen (3): Steve Priolo, Billy Dee Smith, Derek Suddons.       

Goaltenders (2): Anthony Cosmo, David Diruscio.

Practice Squad: Matthew Bennett (T), Jordan Dance (F), Tyler Ferreira (F), Corey Fowler (F).

Injured Reserve: Jamie Rooney (F).

Calgary Roughnecks

Forwards (6): Curtis Dickson, Shawn Evans, Matthew Dinsdale, Dane Dobbie, Jeff Shattler, Daryl Veltman.

Transition (5): Travis Cornwall, Karsen Leung, Curtis Manning, Peter McFetridge, Geoff Snider.

Defensemen (7): Mike Carnegie, Scott Carnegie, Greg Harnett, Dan MacRae, Andrew McBride, Garrett McIntosh, Jeff Moleski.

Goaltenders (2): Mike Poulin, Frankie Scigliano.

Practice Squad: Jon Harnett (D), Patrick O’Meara (D), Tor Reinholdt (T), Tyson Roe (T).

Colorado Mammoth

Forwards (8): Jackson Decker, John Grant Jr., Athan Iannucci, Adam Jones, Eli McLaughlin, Sean Pollock, Alex Turner, Drew Westervelt.

Defensemen (10): Dan Ball, Dan Coates, Tyler Codron, Joey Cupido, John Gallant, Ian Hawksbee, Cam Holding, Robert Hope, Creighton Reid, Bobby Snider.

Goaltenders (2): Dillon Ward, Alex Buque.

Practice Squad: Colton Porter (D), Mike Woods (D).

Physically Unable to Perform: Eric Law (F).

Edmonton Rush

Forwards (8): Robert Church, Cory Conway, Jarrett Davis, Zack Greer, Riley Loewen, Mark Matthews, Ben McIntosh, Corey Small.

Transition (3): John LaFontaine, Adrian Sorichetti, Jeremy Thompson.

Defensemen (7): Nik Bilic, Chris Corbeil, Jeff Cornwall, Ryan Dilks, John Lintz, Brett Mydske, Kyle Rubisch.

Goaltenders (2): Aaron Bold, Tyler Carlson.

Practice Squad: Mitch Banister (D), Matt MacGrotty (D), Tyler Melnyk (F), Adam Shute (G).

Physically Unable to Perform: Curtis Knight (F), Jarrett Toll (D).

Minnesota Swarm

Forwards (6): Callum Crawford, Dean Hill, Shayne Jackson, Shane MacDonald, Joe Maracle, Miles Thompson.

Transition (7): Sam Bradman, Nick Cotter, David Earl, Jordan MacIntosh, Jason Noble, Ethan O’Connor, Andrew Suitor.

Defensemen (5): Mitch Belisle, Alex Crepinsek, Greg Downing, Jordan Houtby, Kiel Matisz.

Goaltenders (2): Zach Higgins, Brodie MacDonald.

Practice Squad: Ian Crawford (D), Marcus Holman (F), Patrick Miles (D).

Physically Unable to Perform List: Matt Gibson (F), Josh Gillam (F).

Holdout List: Logan Schuss (F).

New England Black Wolves

Forwards (8): Kevin Buchanan, Kyle Buchanan, Brett Bucktooth, Mark Cockerton, Kevin Crowley, Jamie Lincoln, Quinn Powless, Pat Saunders.

Transition (3): Jesse Fehr, Ryan Hotaling, Joel White.

Defensemen (7): Michael Diehl, Craig England, Michael Manley, Brett Manney, Mike McNamara, Brian Megill, Bill O’Brien.

Goaltenders (2): Tye Belanger, Evan Kirk.

Practice Squad: Brent Adams (D), Sheldon Burns (D), Matt Crough (F), Josh Johnson (F).

Rochester Knighthawks

Forwards (7): Chris Attwood, Dan Dawson, Cody Jamieson, Craig Point, Cory Vitarelli, Joe Walters, Aaron Wilson.

Transition (2): Zac Reid, Jordan Hall.

Defensemen (9): Jamie Batson, Scott Campbell, Paul Dawson, Dylan Evans, Mike Kirk, Ian Llord, Scott Self, Sid Smith, Jon Sullivan.

Goalies (2): Angus Goodleaf, Matt Vinc.

Practice Squad: Mitch Dumont (D), Justin Pychel (D), Zach Williams (T).

Physically Unable to Perform List: Stephen Keogh (F), Brad Self (D).

Toronto Rock

Forwards (7): Brandon Benn, Kasey Beirnes, Rob Hellyer, Brett Hickey, Stephan Leblanc, Kevin Ross, Josh Sanderson.

Defensemen (11): Sandy Chapman, Nick Diachenko, Damon Edwards, Jesse Gamble, Jeff Gilbert, Bill Hostrawser, Scott Johnston, Rob Marshall, Brodie Merrill, Patrick Merrill, Brock Sorensen.

Goaltenders (2): Brandon Miller, Nick Rose.

Practice Squad: Steve Fryer (G), Jordan Robertson (F), Hayden Smith (D), Mark White (D).

Physically Unable to Perform List: Colin Doyle (F).

Protected Player List: Garrett Billings (F).

Vancouver Stealth

Forwards (7): Tyler Digby, Rhys Duch, Joel McCready, Johnny Powless, Lewis Ratcliff, Cliff Smith, Caleb Wiles.

Transition (6): Brandon Clelland, Ilija Gajic, Tyler Garrison, Tyler Hass, Mitch McMichael, Justin Salt.

Defensemen (5): Tyler Burton, Curtis Hodgson, Bradley Kri, Chris O’Dougherty, Rory Smith.

Goaltenders (2): Eric Penney, Tyler Richards.

Practice Squad: Kyle Belton (T), Conrad Chapman (T), Matt Delmonico (F).

Reactions around the National Lacrosse League

“We liked where we were with our roster coming into the off-season and wanted to build on the success we had last year,” Bandits general manager Steve Dietrich told Bandits.com. “I think teams that maintain stability have success in this league and we’re hoping that’s the case with our team this season.”

“After three weeks of training camp, I have great confidence in the players we’ve selected to the roster,” Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett told ColoradoMammoth.com. “The coaches did a tremendous job in promoting competition from day one.”

“There are not a lot of changes from our 2014 roster. Curtis Knight starts the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list with an injury sustained in the off season. This makes the drafting of Ben McIntosh 1st overall that much more important,” said Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan told EdmontonRush.com. “They are both right shots and we have a lot of confidence in Ben stepping in and contributing at the NLL level like he has at every level he’s played. We are also thrilled to have Corey Small back in 2015. Corey is an accomplished scorer and I don’t think you can ever have too much offense.”

“A lot of work has gone into the acquisition and selection of players which make up this team, by a lot of people within our organization,” Black Wolves head coach Blane Harrison told BlackWolves.com. “We believe at this point in time we have a roster that can compete for the Champions Cup.”

“We still have a hungry group here that’s looking to compete and lay it on the line for the Knighthawks,” Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen told Knighthawks.com.

“There were some very difficult decisions,” Rock head coach John Lovell told TorontoRock.com.  “We are happy with the roster the way it stands today.  If this was cast in stone, then we made some good decisions moving forward.  We had the people at camp we wanted, and now we’ve narrowed it down to 24.  We like who we have.”

“We have a solid corps of returning veterans who are very hungry this year,” Stealth President and General Manager Doug Locker told StealthLax.com. “Coupled with the players we acquired in the off-season, we feel the mix is there to contend deep into the post-season.”

The league’s 29th year opens with NLL Face Off Weekend 2015 presented by New Era on January 2-3 with every team in action. Find the complete schedule for the 2015 NLL season by clicking here.