Twin titles

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:07 AM ET

Kevin Dostie may not be one of the most well-known names in lacrosse but the diminutive forward can boast an accomplishment no other player can.

The 5-ft. 6-in. lefty is the only person to win the National Lacrosse League's Champions Cup and the Canadian senior A championship Mann Cup this year.

Dostie collected the first honour in May with the Calgary Roughnecks and hoisted the Mann Cup in September with the Peterborough Lakers.

The last player to accomplish the feat was Toronto Rock captain Jim Veltman in 2003, claiming the NLL title and later the Mann Cup with the Victoria Shamrocks.

"It feels good knowing I'm the only guy this year," said the 24-year-old Dostie. "It feels good that I haven't lost a big game all year. I mean, what can you say about that? It's a perfect year."

The Elliot Lake, Ont., product is hoping his run of good luck continues as he began his battle this weekend to lock up a starting spot on the Riggers for the 2005 season.

Dostie suited up for 10 of the Roughnecks' 19 games last year, collecting 16 points in a supporting role on offence behind now retired all-star Ted Dowling.

With Dowling out of the mix, Dostie, who plans to live in Calgary full time, is battling for the open slot along with returning Rigger John Olson and recent draft picks Ryan Sharp and Jeff Callard.

"There's four of us fighting for the job so it's going to be interesting to see what the rookies have to offer," said Dostie, who scored 21 goals and 13 assists with the defunct Ottawa Rebel in his rookie year in 2003. "But I think Johnny and I pretty much have to fight for it and hopefully I play well and I'll get it."

Dostie didn't play in the Riggers 14-11 championship victory over the Buffalo Bandits May 7 at the Saddledome but Calgary head coach Chris Hall said that's no slight on him.

"Kevin Dostie had a great year," said Hall. "He was kind of the last scratch for the lineup last year for the championship game and that was a hard decision to make. It was virtually an 11th-hour decision to go with one more defender rather than offender and it turned out to be the right decision.

"He played behind Teddy the most last year and it's probably his spot to lose right now."

Dostie said the 35 games he played this summer with Peterborough in the regular season and playoffs in the Ontario Lacrosse Association helped improve his play and his ability to compete at the professional level.

"I got a lot of playing time this summer and I got a lot more experience playing against some of the best guys from this league (in summer ball)," said Dostie. "That should help me out."

Hall said he was impressed by Dostie's play this summer, which included 19 goals and 22 assists in 15 regular-season games.

"They had some great players back there, on the (left) crease and the powerplay but Dostie was the man who played and finished that position all year," said Hall. "That says a lot about his play on a team that had as much talent as Peterborough did."

While Dostie has the edge to earn the starting job right now, Hall said he is giving all the players fighting for it a good look before making his decision.


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