Riggers shore up offence

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:44 PM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks announced a pair of major signings yesterday.

The National Lacrosse League club re-signed veteran forward Jason Wulder and inked free-agent forward Chris Panos.

Wulder, a Calgary native, is entering his 12th NLL season and fifth as a Roughneck. He has 401 points in 134 regular-season games.

The righty said last year's semifinal loss to Arizona was tough to swallow and he's happy to be back for another shot at an NLL title.

"I was pretty disappointed with the way last year ended," said Wulder. "I think we have the main ingredients to take another strong run at it and I'm glad I'm going to be a part of it."

Panos, meanwhile, played for the Roughnecks during the team's first season in 2002, recording a career-high 36 goals and 36 assists before being traded in the off-season.

The left-handed creaseman -- who has 305 points in 99 career regular-season games -- likely will fill the hole left by Ted Dowling, who is running for the players' union presidency and is unlikely to suit up for Calgary this season.

"I'm really excited," said Panos, a native of Medford, N.Y. "I love the team, I love the city and I can't wait to play there again. I'm looking forward to playing with a lot of my friends there and I think, with the makeup of the team, we have a good chance to win a championship."

Meanwhile, Roughnecks defender Andy Ogilvie -- who suffered a season-ending knee injury last year -- confirmed his retirement after five knee surgeries in the last six season, including two rebuilds of his left knee.

"That last injury was a good one," Ogilvie told the Sun yesterday. "So, it's time to give in to the knees, I guess. It's not the way you want to go out and retire but at 40 -- and after five knee injuries -- it's time to call it quits."


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