Kelusky honoured as one of league\'s best

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

When the Calgary Roughnecks posted a National Lacrosse League-worst 4-12 record in their inaugural season last year, it was hard to see a bright side at the time.

However, a few months later, a silver lining became clear.

That dismal finish gave the Riggers the first pick in the Montreal Express dispersal draft, which they used to select Peterborough native Tracey Kelusky.

The 27-year-old is widely regarded as one of the game\'s best players and he showed that this season leading the team in scoring with 37 goals and 26 assists in only 13 games.

Yesterday, the Riggers captain was rewarded by being named to the NLL\'s all-pro first team.

Joining Kelusky were Toronto Rock forward Colin Doyle, Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares, Albany Attack defender Jim Moss, Rochester Knighthawks goalie Pat O\'Toole and Colorado Mammoth forward Gary Gait. Gait, who set a single season mark for goals with 61 this year, was also named the league MVP.

The awards are voted on by the governors, GMs and head coaches in the 12-team league.

Kelusky earned the honour despite missing three games after surgery to repair a broken cheekbone. In the six games following his return, he was hampered by post-concussion syndrome and illness, posting only nine goals and 10 assists in six games.

However, he notched 28 goals and 16 assists in the seven games he played healthy for an average of 6.29 points a game.

\"There is no doubt that Tracey was the heart and soul of our team this year,\" said Roughnecks president and GM Brad Banister. \"His leadership both on and off the floor are a big reason we made such a turnaround in just our second season.\"


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