Schedule is easy on 'Necks

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:55 AM ET

There was no mad dash for the Pepto-Bismal at the Calgary Roughnecks office yesterday.

The National Lacrosse League released its 2006 schedule and, when compared to the club's dates from last season, the degree of difficulty looks much lower.

After winning the league championship in 2004, the Riggers were rewarded with a tough 2005 campaign that ended with a loss to the Arizona Sting in the West Division Final.

Upon viewing the slate of games for his club in 2006, Calgary head coach Chris Hall admitted he was somewhat relieved.

"There is no such thing as an easy schedule in this league," said Hall. "But, if you take into account our schedule this year compared to last, at this point it certainly looks easier. It's a better schedule for us this year, there's no doubt about it."

The Roughnecks open the season at home Jan. 13 against the expansion Edmonton Rush. It's one of four meetings between the Alberta clubs this season. Calgary will face the expansion Portland Rush and second-year Minnesota Swarm once, the Colorado Mammoth and Arizona Sting three times and the Toronto Rock and San Jose Stealth twice.

In other news, as first reported by the Sun last week, the Roughnecks will hold a press conference today to officially announce the hiring of former Buffalo GM Kurt Silcott to take over the same role in Calgary.


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