'Old man' on board

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks' press release yesterday was headlined 'NLL's Oldest Player Re-signs with Riggers.'

The player in question, veteran defender Andy Ogilvie, was caught off guard when reached by phone later in the day.

Sure he had re-signed with the National Lacrosse League club but as for being the oldest player ...

"I thought (Portland Lumberjax goalie) Dallas Eliuk was older than me?," said Ogilvie.

"I thought he was a year older than me?"

Right you are, Andy. Kind of.

Eliuk was born Nov. 4, 1964 while Ogilvie, a Peterborough, Ont., product, didn't make his way into the world until nearly two months later on Jan. 3, 1965.

However, Ogilvie looks and plays nothing like you would expect from a 41-year-old and his return to the club significantly bolsters the Roughnecks' chances for their second NLL championship.

"No one should confuse Andy's age with his ability to perform at the highest level," said Calgary GM Kurt Silcott. "He is a keep-fit fanatic, who, if he is not at work or with his daughters, spends his spare time in the gym.

"There are many players 15 years younger than Andy who wish they were in the great shape he is."

Ogilvie has had numerous operations on his knees over the years and his 2005 season ended when he tore his ACL.

He returned last year for another shot at an NLL title, something that has eluded him over his seven seasons in the league.

"I thought we would have had a shot at it last year but we fell just a little short," said Ogivlie, of losing in the playoffs by one goal in overtime to eventual champion Colorado Mammoth.

As for how his knees feel following three weekends of training camp -- so far, so good.

"Right now my knees are fine," said Ogilvie, who will be in Calgary this weekend for another two days of camp. "There's no problem with them at all.

"There's no fluid in them or swelling or anything.

"But it's the turf that's hard on them, so we'll see now they do on the turf."

Ogilvie boasts a rare combination of skill and toughness. He's an all-star calibre defender who is also one of the most feared fighters in the league.

His experience, skill and fierce drive on the floor led Silcott to approach Ogilvie about returning to the team for the upcoming season.

"What's nice is that teams still want you to play for them, actually," said Ogilvie, who added his decision to return revolved around wanting to retire a champion with a ring on his finger.

"I didn't have to go around begging to play, they asked me to play which is a nice thing at this age, I guess."

The Roughnecks open the season Jan. 12 against San Jose at the 'Dome.


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