Riggers heavyweight back

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:57 AM ET

With less than two weeks until Christmas, the Calgary Roughnecks gave their fans an early gift yesterday.

The National Lacrosse League club announced veteran defender Andy Ogilvie re-signed with the team after rehabbing from last year's season-ending knee surgery.

As early as two months ago, Ogilvie had said he was retired and wouldn't play again following his fifth major knee injury in six seasons.

Ogilvie -- who blew out his ACL six games into last season, his first with Calgary -- will only be available this year for six or seven regular-season games plus the playoffs due to family commitments, said Riggers GM Kurt Silcott, but the club is still ecstatic to have him back.

"I just talked to him earlier this morning and he's excited to get back and play," said Silcott. "We're just happy he's going to be able to play for us. A player of his talent you always welcome back."

An all-star calibre defender and one of the top heavyweights in the league, the 40-year-old Ogilvie has played in 66 games over six-and-a-half seasons, recording 78 points, 300 PIM and 468 loose balls for Buffalo, Vancouver and Calgary.

Calgary also signed defender Ryan Marshall yesterday while releasing forwards Derek Tom and Chris Panos.

Panos, a veteran lefty who has 314 points in 102 career games, was back for his second tour of duty with the club. He was considered a favourite to take the roster spot of departed forward Ted Dowling on the left crease.

"He played well in camp, he's still a very good player," said Silcott of Panos, who scored 72 points in 16 games for the Riggers back in 2001-02. "He just didn't play well enough to make it."

With Panos out, Kevin Dostie will likely earn the start in place of Dowling.

The Roughnecks will announce their official 23-man roster tomorrow.


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