Riggers lure veteran defender back

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

All right, Hamilton!

That famous line from Jeff Spicoli in the 1982 flick Fast Times at Ridgemont High summed up the thoughts of Calgary Roughnecks GM Kurt Silcott yesterday.

Silcott announced the National Lacrosse League club had officially signed veteran defender Grant Hamilton to a one-year deal after months of speculation about his return.

Hamilton played an integral part in Calgary's 2004 championship win but sat out last season due to work commitments as a Victoria police officer.

"Of course I missed it. You always miss it," said Hamilton, who's expected to be in the lineup when the Riggers open the season against the Edmonton Rush next Friday at the 'Dome (7:30 p.m., Sportsnet). "I still wanted to play. That desire was always there. I never retired. It was just work that kept me from playing and that's changed this year."

Silcott said the addition of the 5-ft. 11-in., 200-lb. Winnipeg native strengthens Calgary's already formidable roster.

"He's perfect for us," said Silcott. "He can play back door, front door, transition. He makes us a lot more versatile."

Hamilton has already practised with the team and said he's ready to make his return to the carpet.

"The guys really welcomed me back," he said. "It's been great so far. I've trained hard and I'm ready to play."


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