Old friends fly south

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:41 PM ET

Just ask Adam Bysouth how tough it was to watch most of the Calgary Roughnecks games from the press box for a year and a half, unable to draw into the lineup due to the team's depth. Go ahead and ask him, he'll tell you.

"Oh man, it was awful," said the 24-year-old Bysouth. "It sucked. Watching every game instead of playing ... it sucks, man.

"It drove me crazy. It was tough times, no doubt about it. Being released from the team was the best thing that could have happened to me."

Bysouth and his new team, the 2-1 Anaheim Storm, host the 2-2 Roughnecks tonight in National Lacrosse League action at the Arrowhead Pond (8:30 p.m.). Fellow Roughnecks' ex-pats Shawn Cable and Matt King will also be in the lineup for Anaheim, although King -- the club's backup 'tender -- isn't expected to play.

Bysouth played all 16 games for the Roughnecks in their expansion season in 2002 but played only one game in 2003. Last season, Bysouth didn't dress and was waived from the 23-man roster in early February but wasn't picked up by another NLL club.

In the off-season, Bysouth attended the Storm's selection camp and earned a spot on the team. He played in the Storm's first two games this season but sat out last night's 8-7 victory over the Minnesota Swarm at the Xcel Energy Centre. Likely, it was to rest his legs before tonight's tilt against the Riggers.

While part of the Roughnecks organization, Bysouth was seen as a consummate professional and was well liked by coaches and teammates. He was known as a player who practised hard and never complained about his lack of playing time.

In Anaheim, on a team that went 1-15 last season, Bysouth -- who, along with Cable, played sr. B summer ball for the Okotoks Glacier this year -- said he has been welcomed with open arms.

"It's been great here, I love it," said Bysouth, who shares a house in Malibu with second-year Storm defender Cam Bergman.

Anaheim has been a fresh start for Cable, as well.

The speedy forward, who will turn 25 Feb. 2, was dealt by Calgary to Colorado prior to last season in return for Ted Dowling. Dowling and the Roughnecks beat Colorado in the playoffs and went on to win the NLL championship.

Cable -- who played two seasons in Calgary -- drew into only five games on a talent-laden Mammoth squad, scoring one goal and six points.

"I was at that game and I wanted them to do well and win," said Cable of the Champion's Cup final held at the Saddledome, where the Riggers downed the Buffalo Bandits for the NLL title.

"But at the same time, it was tough not to be a part of it when you were part of the building process leading up to it and getting to that point.

"But that's part of sports. You live with it and move on."

Colorado dealt Cable to expansion Minnesota in the off-season which then flipped Cable to Anaheim as part of a six-player trade.

The Prince George, B.C., product leads the team in scoring with four goals and eight assists in three games.

Cable, who has long desired the chance to be a starter in the NLL and show what he can do playing on a regular basis, is relishing the opportunity he now has in the Golden State.

"It's going well," said Cable, who flies in for games from Calgary where's he's attending Mount Royal College and studying business sports management.

"It's nice to finally get that legitimate shot.

"I'm just trying to make the best of it and it's been going well for the first two games and I just have to maintain consistency for the rest of the season."


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