Riggers unveil dynamite roster

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:02 AM ET

Given the fact it's election season, Calgary Roughnecks GM Kurt Silcott made sure to stay politically correct.

The team submitted its official roster to the National Lacrosse League yesterday, arguably the deepest and most talented in the club's short five-year history.

Many pundits have seeded Calgary tops in the West Division in pre-season polls and second in the NLL only to defending champion Toronto.

Silcott, however, avoided providing any future bulletin-board fodder.

"I look around and I see some of these other lineups and boy, there are a lot of good teams," said Silcott, in his first season as GM in Calgary. "I wouldn't want go out and say we're the best in the West but we're as good as anybody in the West and we'll certainly compete for the title."

Forward Callum Crawford and defenders Grant Palmer, Ryan Marshall are the new faces on the team. The most notable addition is Crawford, a 6-ft. 2-in., 196-lb. righty drafted in the second round (18th overall) this year. The Ottawa native, who played for the junior A Six Nations Arrows last year, will likely see limited action, however.

Defenders Ryan McNish, Devan Wray, Andy Ogilvie and forward Matt Green -- who missed part or all of last season with knee injuries -- return to the team.

Goalie Matt Morehouse, the team's first-round pick (ninth overall) in 2004, starts the year on the practice roster behind 'tenders Curtis Palidwor and Andrew Leyshon.

Forward Jason Wulder is still nursing a stomach injury and is listed on the physically unable to perform list. However, Silcott expects to have him in the lineup opening night Jan. 13 against the Edmonton Rush.

As well, defender Grant Hamilton has yet to sign with the club and Ogilvie is still listed on the injured reserve.

"I think it's a pretty damn good roster," said Silcott. "I'm really confident in this group. There's a lot of impressive lacrosse players on that roster and if we get the chemistry going, we'll be tough to beat"

In other team news, head coach Chris Hall signed a new two-year deal.


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