Roughneck can't dodge injury bug

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:41 PM ET

BenGay or beer.

Lately, after a game, Calgary Roughnecks forward Jason Wulder would rather go for the tube of pain-relieving cream.

The 35-year-old National Lacrosse League veteran has been bitten hard by the injury bug over the last year.

Separate leg and rib injuries kept him out of two of the Roughnecks' 16 games last season and a torn stomach muscle suffered during summer lacrosse in August almost had him in the press box for Calgary's season-opening 11-9 victory over the Edmonton Rush Friday at the 'Dome.

Wulder was moved off the physically unable-to-play list only two days before the game.

"It's not because of age or anything," said Wulder, a born-and-bred Calgarian who now lives in Chilliwack, B.C. "They're all freak things that I've been lucky enough not to have happen before in my career. It's been really frustrating."

Wulder isn't the oldest Roughneck but he has the most NLL seasons under his belt with 12.

Last year, Wulder had his worst statistical season since donning a Roughnecks uniform, scoring 34 points (15G, 19A) in 14 games.

"I would rather count championships than goals any day," said Wulder, who scored a goal and had four points in the win over the Rush. "Me being at my age, I'd rather get the wins. It's easier to look back on a championship ring than a points total in some book."

After a banner summer season with the Coquitlam Adanacs in which he led the league with 88 points, Wulder is hoping to increase his production for the Riggers.

But the veteran realizes on Calgary's potent offence -- which features the Big 3 of Tracey Kelusky, Kaleb Toth and Lewis Ratcliff -- filling the net isn't his main job.

"You have to look at the offence we have," said Wulder. "There's only one ball and sure I'd like to score 20, 30, 40 goals but the way our offence is structured, that's not going to happen."


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