Rush pick detective Day

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:05 AM ET

There's a new cop on the beat and he'll be patrolling the bench of the Edmonton Rush.

Paul Day, a 36-year-old detective with the Niagara Region police department, will be the first head coach of the expansion National Lacrosse League team after winning out on a shortlist derby.

JUST WHAT THEY NEED

"We think he brings exactly what we need in the organization and that's his experience in the league," said A.J. Jomha, the Rush's director of lacrosse operation, who will make the announcement official today. Jomha made Day his pick over Walt Christianson and Jamie Batley, both of whom spent last season with the Colorado Mammoth.

Terms of the deal were not released and Day, who is originally from Peterborough, Ont., was not available yesterday.

"He's got a great track record and, most importantly, his style and our style are consistent," added Jomha. "We have a team approach with each person bringing something key to the table with their special skills. We'll put those skills together to make this work.

"We want to match all of our skills together and get to our objective and I think he understands that."

Day, who left his coaching post with the Rochester Knighthawks in May after eight years to pursue other options, will also be the GM with the Rush.

"He knows the league so well and his experience in it is one of his strong points that we wanted in our system," said Jomha.

STOCKING THE ROSTER

The mission to start stocking the Rush roster will begin next month when the NLL holds its expansion and dispersal drafts.

The rival expansion club in Portland yesterday chose to take the top pick in the expansion draft, leaving the Rush first choice of the players available from the suspended Anaheim Storm.


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