Stealth in town for home opener

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

This is potentially a make-or-break year for the San Jose Stealth.

The club is coming off a 4-12 season during which they lost seven one-goal games. Their record didn't help their quest for fan support and the Stealth finished last in the NLL attendance derby.

SIGNIFICANT MOVES

While the Stealth brought back the majority of players from last year's failure, there were some significant moves made in the off-season. The biggest change was in the front office as the San Jose Sharks took over the Stealth's marketing campaign in hopes of boosting the number of lacrosse fans.

That move has paid off early on, according to head coach Walt Christianson who was the other big change coming over from his role as an assistant in Colorado.

"The players have talked about how much of a difference it has made,"said Christianson. "We've gone to Sharks games and been treated very well and the advertising around town and at the Sharks games has been great.

"They are proud players who want to show that last year was a bit of a blip.

"We have to correct a lot of the mistakes that we made and win some of those (one-goal) games."

The Stealth come to Edmonton in the unenviable role of first opponent for an expansion team that has been hyped about playing their inaugural game for more than a month.

"It's a very dangerous situation as opposed to being nervous," said Christianson.

"We have to be prepared mentally for all that's going to go on and when the ball drops, it will be like any other game.

'ALWAYS PREPARED'

"Paul (Rush head coach Paul Day) is always very well prepared and he gets the most out of his players. He's got a lot of very good players and we're definitely not going to take them lightly.


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