Ranger sold on Calgary

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

Kaleb Toth apparently has a future in sales.

Other than being one of the team's leaders on and off the floor, Toth does his best to promote his hometown Calgary Roughnecks to potential new recruits of the National Lacrosse League club.

That was the case this summer with Scott Ranger.

The talented young forward was so blown away with Toth and how he presented the team and city, he felt compelled do his best to sign with the Riggers during the off-season.

"I play with Kaleb back home in Nanaimo (WLA senior A) in the summer and he explained to me what's going on here and it's definitely a good situation to be coming into," said the righty.

"They're such a good team and they've got a good shot at winning the championship.

"That's also one of the biggest things that drove me to want to play here."

Ranger, 23, was expected to play an important role in the future of the San Jose Stealth franchise when they drafted him in the first round, seventh overall, back in 2003.

However, Ranger only dressed for nine games over two seasons, recording three goals and eight assists.

Ranger was released following last season.

That led to the Roughnecks swooping in and signing the free-agent Nanaimo native -- with a little help from Toth, of course.

"San Jose just wasn't a match for me and playing with Kaleb in the summer really turned me on to Calgary," said Ranger.

The 5-ft. 11-in., 185-lb. forward will be part of Calgary's new focus to speed things up but Ranger -- in town this weekend for training camp -- is still going to have to work his way into a talented lineup.

He is competing against a handful of young new forwards in camp this year.

It's something Ranger said he is looking forward to.

"I feel like I've got some skill and I can definitely help out there," he said.

"Hopefully, I can push some guys to make them do their jobs a little better.

"It's definitely a new thing for me because in San Jose I was one of the guys who didn't play that much.

"I'm going to have to battle with (fellow newcomer) Kerry (Susheski) just to get into the lineup but that's good to have that other guy to push you."

According to Ranger, his offensive skills should help get some time down on the crease.

"I have youth and speed and I'm a pretty determined guy," he said.

"When I put my mind to something I usually don't stop until I've accomplished it."

"I think I'm kind of ready to take that next step. I may have jumped into San Jose's lineup too young and I think I've matured as a player."


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