Riggers to hire Silcott

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:58 PM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks are looking to a former foe to fill an important role for the future.

The Sun has learned the National Lacrosse League club will hold a press conference next week to announce Buffalo Bandits general manager Kurt Silcott will become the Roughnecks' GM and player personnel director.

Roughnecks majority owner and current GM Brad Banister wouldn't confirm or deny yesterday he had hired Silcott but said they had spoken about Silcott taking over the GM reins. Banister said he was impressed with Silcott's work in Buffalo and would welcome the chance to bring him here.

Banister added serving as the Riggers' president and GM has become too demanding on his time and he wants to concentrate on his business endeavours in the oil patch.

"The job requires a full-time commitment and I'd rather not do it anymore," said Banister. "I'd like to remove myself totally from the picture.

"I have to go to work for my day job. The price of oil is too good right now."

Banister has served as the Riggers' interim GM since Dave Bremner resigned the post earlier this summer. Bremner is still involved with the team as a scout.

The Roughnecks have never had a full-time GM living in Calgary, with Banister doing the job on a part-time basis until Bremner, a Victoria firefighter, took over the post in 2004.

The addition of Silcott, the NLL's GM of the Year in 2003, is a major boon for Calgary. He is considered one of the most knowledgable people in the game today and was the architect behind the Bandits' resurgence as a major power in the NLL. Silcott helped guide the Bandits to a berth in the 2004 Champion's Cup at the Saddledome, where the Riggers prevailed 14-11.

Silcott joined the Bandits/Sabres organization in 1995 as a ticket administrator and worked his way up to the GM's post with the Bandits. He also served as the director of amateur athletics for HSBC Arena.


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