Riggers' goalie plucked

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks will have a new starting goaltender next season.

Curtis Palidwor, who has held that position the last four seasons, was selected fourth overall by New York yesterday in the National Lacrosse League expansion draft.

The Riggers made both Palidwor and backup Andrew Leyshon available for the draft in order to protect more runners. After Palidwor was selected, the team was able to bring Leyshon back to its protected list.

Roughnecks GM Kurt Silcott said he has put a call into New York GM/coach Adam Mueller to see about re-acquiring Palidwor but admitted that's an unlikely scenario.

"I think it's the end of Curtis Palidwor in Calgary," he said.

Palidwor said leaving the close-knit Roughnecks organization is a bitter pill.

"I was disappointed when I found out I wasn't going to be protected," said Palidwor.

"Calgary has been a second home to me for the last four years.

"I treat everyone on the team like family. It's disappointing to leave but I have to focus now on the new adventure of playing in New York or wherever I end up."

Calgary also lost right-handed forward Callum Crawford to Chicago.


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