All-star game Rigged

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

Three more Calgary Roughnecks will be on the bench with captain Tracey Kelusky at the National Lacrosse League's All-Star game Feb. 25 in Toronto.

Kelusky, named a starter Monday by the league, will be joined by forwards Kaleb Toth and Lewis Ratcliff, plus defender Taylor Wray as they were named as reserves to the West Division's selects squad for the annual event.

"You're always thrilled to get the chance to be on the all-star team that's for sure," said Toth, who sits third in team scoring with 12 goals and 14 assists in six games.

"I think all four of us who were picked for the team were a little surprised because we really haven't been playing as well as we're capable of but it's still an honour."

Adding to his all-star duties, Toth is hoping to once again participate in the hardest shot competition, an event he won two years ago and only barely lost in last year's event at the Saddledome.

"Last year I lost by a kilometre, so this year hopefully I can turn it around and win by a kilometre," he said of losing to John Grant Jr. of the Rochester Knighthawks.

For Toth, Kelusky and Ratcliff, the experience will be nothing new. However, for former defender of the year Taylor Wray, earning an all-star nod is something he's never achieved before.

Roughnecks general manager Kurt Silcott agrees with the selection.

"We think Taylor is beginning to show signs of the form that won him the NLL's Defensive Player of the Year award two years ago.

"Not only is he solid at the back end, he's also displayed his versatility by scoring valuable points for us."

Head coach Chris Hall will take up the assistant coaching duties for the West team, with Arizona Sting coach Bob Hamley taking the reins.


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