Slick-passing vet signs on with Rush

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Jamey Bowen wanted another season with the Edmonton Rush.

But at age 37, the local product at forward wasn't certain if he'd be invited back even though he led the team in scoring last year.

It turns out he was.

Yesterday Bowen was one of four players signed by the Rush for the upcoming National Lacrosse League season.

Bowen, defencemen Teddy Jenner and Buck Stobart all signed one-year contracts with the club. Darren Hillier agreed to a two-year deal.

"I'm looking forward to coming back," Bowen said. "I think we've upgraded everything this year.

"I think we got tougher, we got more experience, we got a lot more offence. I think management did a really good job of bringing in proven players."

Bowen scored 19 goals and added 24 assists for 43 points in 14 games for the Rush last season. Of his 19 goals, Bowen scored 10 on the power play and added a couple of short-handed markers.

He also scored the franchise's first goal.

Jenner scored two goals and added five assists in 15 games for the Rush last year. Hillier had five goals and four assists in 14 games.

Stobart played 11 games for the Rush last season, scoring a goal and adding four assists.

"I think Jamey is in a much better position this year because he's a guy that makes other players look better by the way he can feed the ball," said Rush director of operations and assistant coach A.J. Jomha in a news release.

"Jamey will be setting up players like Chris Gill, Dan Stroup and Jason Wulder who are finishers and that is going to be of great benefit to him and the whole team."

Bowen is a teacher at St. Francis Xavier high school where he heads the lacrosse academy.

Prior to playing with Edmonton last year, Bowen had just one prior year of NLL experience playing with the now defunct Vancouver Ravens in 2002.

He put up impressive numbers then as well, recording 62 points in 13 games.

"I don't want to sound cocky, but I wanted to do better.

"I wasn't really too happy with my numbers last year," Bowen said. "I told Paul that I expect to get at least 65 points this year with the guys we have."

Depending on how this season goes will determine whether Bowen will come back for another year.

"Right now it's year by year," he said.

"As long as it's in my backyard and I feel like I can add to the team I'll play. I'm not looking too far past this year for sure."

QUICK HITS: The Rush will face the Calgary Roughnecks in a pre-season game on Dec. 30, at the ENMAX Center in Lethbridge. The Rush open the season on Jan. 6 when they host the Philadelphia Wings at Rexall Place. They'll hold training camp on Nov. 11-12.


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