Roughnecks take shape for season

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks moved a step closer to finalizing their roster yesterday.

The National Lacrosse League club released Calgarian Jeremy Cheyne and Edmonton product Stuart Sterparn.

According to GM Kurt Silcott, both players had strong camps but there just wasn't any room in the talented Riggers lineup.

"Stuart had a great camp and it was a very difficult decision for the coaching staff," Silcott said.

"He played well in the Edmonton scrimmage on the weekend and we think he has a future in this league. But it was tough to find a spot for him when he's up against the likes of Lewis Ratcliff, Kyle Goundrey, Shawn Cable and Scott Anderson."

Silcott added: "Jeremy just couldn't make the commitment to the team.

"He is a very talented player but it seems he has just too many other things going on in his life right now."

The Roughnecks need to cut two more players from the main roster in order to get down to 23 by tomorrow's deadline.

Following that, they can assign up to three players to the practice roster.

The Riggers will announce their final roster moves tomorrow.

WAILES WON'T WORK:

It's looking more and more like Kyle Wailes, the Roughnecks' first-round draft pick (ninth overall), won't wear Black and Red this season.

According GM Kurt Silcott, Wailes has work commitments in New York City, which will prevent him from joining the club this campaign.

However, Silcott said discussions are on going and both sides are committed to making something work.

"Kyle has been up front with us in all our discussions," said Silcott. "We're hopeful to bring him into the fold or arrange a trade sometime down the road."

NEW NLL RULES:

The NLL is instituting severe penalties for dangerous contact to the head of another player and plans a crackdown on cross-checking as part of the rule changes announced yesterday.

In an attempt to prevent head injuries, players will be assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct for deliberately striking an opponent in the head or neck with a cross-check.

A first offence draws an automatic US$1,000 fine and one game suspension, with a second offence resulting in a four-game ban.


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