Calm in crisis

TY PILSON, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

Despite the U.S. war with Iraq, it will be business as usual for the National Lacrosse League.

The NLL announced yesterday, in keeping with the rest of North America\'s pro sports leagues, the conflict in the Middle East will not interrupt its regular season or playoffs.

\"The leaders of the United States and Canada have encouraged their citizens to continue leading normal lives during these times of war,\" said NLL commissioner Jim Jennings. \"We\'re going to continue to play and entertain our great fans.\"

The Calgary Roughnecks (7-4) play two games this weekend on the road. They take to the floor against the 7-5 Philadelphia Wings tomorrow night before hopping a bus immediately after to Long Island for a Sunday matinee against the 1-12 New York Saints.

The team is expecting to see increased security during its travels, said team president Brad Banister, but he added he\'s not worried about the team\'s safety despite the perceived increase in risk of a terrorist attack.

\"I don\'t think being at war will increase the risk,\" said Banister.

\"I\'m not worried in that aspect.\"

Roughnecks forward and Calgary native Jason Wulder spent seven seasons playing for the Saints before being traded to the Roughnecks prior to last season.

Like Banister, Wulder said the war hasn\'t made him extra nervous about travelling to the New York-area.

\"I\'m not the type of person to think about that type of stuff,\" said Wulder.

\"Besides, you can look at it two ways. With all the added security, it might be the safest time to fly right now.\"

Wulder\'s wife Tracey, a native New Yorker he met while playing with the Saints, experienced that extra security first-hand yesterday.

She travelled down to New York a day before her husband and was held up on the tarmac at Chicago\'s O\'Hare Airport for more than two hours after being told traffic into some East Coast airports was suspended for a short time.

Still, Wulder said the added security should be seen as anything but an inconvenience.

\"I\'m all for it,\" he said. \"I\'m happy they\'re doing all that because you never know who wants some attention during times like this.\"

Also yesterday, Comcast-Spectator, which owns the First Union Centre where the Wings play, announced there would be increased security measures for tomorrow\'s game, including security wanding, metal detectors and pat downs from staff members.


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