Riggers deal before draft

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:08 AM ET

There's nothing many lacrosse fans love better than a good beer.

Especially when it's brewed locally.

The National Lacrosse League champion Calgary Roughnecks acquired Calgary product Andrew Biers in a trade with the San Jose Stealth on the eve of today's NLL entry draft.

The deal still requires league approval.

The Roughnecks dealt the playing rights of left-handed forwards Ted Dowling and Brad Dairon to the Stealth for Biers and a conditional draft pick.

"It's definitely exciting ... it's just sinking in," said Biers when reached in Vancouver.

"It's going to be fun to play there in front of family and friends more often."

In Biers, the Roughnecks get a right-handed transition forward who's going into only his second year in the league.

The 23-year-old was drafted 18th overall last year by the Stealth and played in all 16 regular-season games, notching five goals and 15 assists.

"He's another defensive-type transition forward and those are always a plus in this league," said Roughnecks GM Dave Bremner, who added the team is working on a few other deals right now.

"He can play both ends of the floor, which is nice. He's a good, solid player all the way around and it doesn't hurt he's local."

Dowling -- a 12-year NLL veteran who led the Riggers with 38 goals last season -- announced his retirement after Calgary's championship win in May and told the Sun recently he still doesn't plan to play this year.

"That's a chance we had to take," said Bremner, of gambling Dowling has hung up his stick for good.

"We didn't want to (trade his rights within the division) but we also wanted Andrew Biers. To get something, you have to give up something."

Dairon -- who was acquired from Buffalo in the Chris Panos trade a year ago -- didn't suit up for the Roughnecks last season due to work commitments.

He has 27 goals and 24 assists in 21 career NLL games.

Calgary is also courting former Vancouver Ravens forward Mark Miyashita.

Miyashita, last year's first-overall pick, was granted free agency yesterday by the league after filing an unspecified grievance against the Ravens.

"Mark's a phenomenal player and would be a huge asset for us," said Bremner.

"He's a solid player and one of the best faceoff guys in the league."

QUICK STICKS: The Riggers will be hosting their draft party at Hooters South tonight at 6 p.m. ... The NLL yesterday confirmed its newest team will be known as the Minnesota Swarm.


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