Double trouble

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

Last season Chris Gill and Dan Stroup were celebrating a National Lacrosse League championship.

This year, they're the two marquee attractions on a second-year expansion team that has one franchise win.

"I wasn't expecting to move, but that's sports," said Stroup. "At first I was surprised, but now I'm looking at it as a fresh start and a new opportunity."

Stroup and Gill are two proven goal scorers.

Last season they combined for 51 goals with Colorado - more than a third of what the Edmonton Rush scored as a team.

This off-season when the two became available, the Rush couldn't make the deal fast enough.

"These guys are not only good goal scorers, they are power-play specialists," said Rush head coach and general manager Paul Day. "That's where we really lacked last year."

The two are also proven winners.

Gill, 34, has won three NLL championships in his 10-year career. Stroup, 38, has four.

Along with his victory last season with the Mammoth, Gill also won a pair of championships with the Toronto Rock. In 2002 he scored a career-high 53 goals for the Vancouver Ravens.

Stroup won three championships with the Rock.

"Looking around the room, there are a lot of guys that have won championships in different leagues and in this league too," Stroup said. "We have the capability to make a good run with the guys we have."

Following their latest title, Stroup and Gill were taken in the league expansion draft by the Chicago Shamrox.

Within hours of their selection they had both been traded to Edmonton. The pair were dealt to the Rush along with eight-year veteran Ryan O'Connor for forwards Matt Giles, Jason Clark and the team's 12th overall selection.

"At first it was a bit of a shock," Gill said. "They went through some growing pains last year, but it looks like they're moving in the right direction and I'm happy to be here."

Having gone out and acquired the two veterans, the Rush expect immediate dividends. If the team struggles, the fingers will be pointing towards the veterans.

"Nobody is putting pressure on us," Stroup said. "We know what we have to do. We're just expected to do what we do every year, so there's no extra pressure."

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23, TED JENNER (F)

6'1, 195 lbs.

Born: July 23, 1979

Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.

Last year's team: Edmonton Rush

41, DARYL WELSH (D)

6'5, 245 lbs.

Born: July 30, 1982

Hometown: Peterborough, Ont.

Last year's team: None

81, JIMMY QUINLAN (F)

5'11, 190 lbs.

Born: December 2, 1981

Hometown: Edmonton

Last year's team: Edmonton Rush

8, DAN STROUP (F)

6'0, 190 lbs.

Born: December 18, 1968

Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.

Last year's team: Colorado Mammoth

22, JASON WULDER (F)

6'2, 190 lbs.

Born: November 10, 1970

Hometown: Calgary

Last year's team: Calgary Roughnecks

88, A.J. SHANNON (F)

6'0, 213 lbs.

Born: June 8, 1980

Hometown: Whitby, Ont.

Last year's team: Buffalo Bandits

33, ROB WILLIAMS (D)

6'2, 210 lbs.

Born: September 13, 1972

Hometown: Burnaby, B.C.

Last year's team: Edmonton Rush

9, RANDY DALY (FORWARD)

Offence

5'9, 175 lbs.

Born: September 13, 1979

Hometown: Burnaby, B.C.

Last year's team: Rush

66, D'ARCY BERTHIAUME (F)

6'0, 195 lbs.

Born: August 4, 1975

Hometown: Coquitlam, B.C.

Last year's team: Edmonton Rush

15, JAMEY BOWEN (A) (F)

6'0, 210 lbs.

Born: November 8, 1969

Hometown: Edmonton

Last year's team: Edmonton Rush

25, CHRIS GILL (F)

5'11, 188 lbs.

Born: January 7, 1972

Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.

Last year's team: Colorado Mammoth

18, KEVIN HOWARD (F)

Offence

6'1, 205 lbs.

Born: November 3, 1979

Hometown: Edmonton

Last year's team: Rush


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