Riggers can lose two guys

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:14 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks will lose a pair of players when the National Lacrosse League holds its expansion draft today.

The new Edmonton Rush and Portland Lumberjax each will select nine players total from the league's nine teams.

The Roughnecks chose to protect 13 runners and one goalie, leaving 17 players unprotected.

After the first player is selected from Calgary's unprotected list, the Roughnecks can move another onto the protected list.

Calgary president and GM Brad Banister said his club is in good shape for the draft.

The team was stung by a rash of injuries last season forcing them to add players to their roster to fill holes putting them currently way above the league roster limit.

"With all the injuries, we are seven players above our 23-man roster," said Banister. "Even without an expansion draft, we would have had to let some people go.

"We'll be fine. I'd imagine we'll lose Kevin Howard to Edmonton and maybe Teddy Dowling, too. We'll have to see."

Banister resumes his GM role this season after Dave Bremner, who filled those shoes last year, left the post.

Banister said Bremner -- who has in the past been the team's director of player personnel, an assistant coach and a one-time player -- left on good terms.

"One story said that I dismissed him but that wasn't the case at all," said Banister. "He's not totally gone. He'll still be helping us out and maybe doing a little bit of scouting."

Bremner, a firefighter in Victoria, said personal reasons led to the decision.

"I just decided it was time to move on," said Bremner. "I'm busy doing a lot of other things and it seemed like the right time. It had a lot to do with time, the family and work commitments and so on.

"I had a blast. We won a championship, it was an unbelievable run," he added.

Bremner and head coach Chris Hall didn't see eye-to-eye on some personnel decisions last year causing friction in the management team but Bremner said that didn't influence his decision to leave.

"No, it didn't,"said Bremner. "There's always going to be conflict but the bottom line is it was just the right time for me to part ways."


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