Year with Swarm still stings

DARREN FRIESEN, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET

Nolan Heavenor isn't one to dwell on the past.

Instead, Heavenor makes the most of his present situation. For that, the Calgary Roughnecks are grateful.

Heavenor, who started his National Lacrosse League career as a member of the Minnesota Swarm last year, was traded to the Stampede City in the off-season.

Good thing, too, because according to the 24-year-old transition player, there was no future for him in Minny.

"I really didn't get treated well and I'm glad I got out of there because Calgary's awesome," said Heavenor, who will face his old team tonight (7:30 p.m., 'Dome).

"I moved to Minnesota and, out of the first five games, I played only in two of them. So I thought why am I down here? I couldn't work in the U.S. other than playing lacrosse, so I told their general manager that I'm going home.

"He said, 'That's fine, we'll fly you out for some games,' and then there were some promises made ... It didn't go the way I wanted my rookie year to go."

The Roughnecks' lineup was retooled last summer in order to make the team faster in the middle of the floor.

Heavenor and other acquisitions such as Kerry Susheski, Shawn Cable and Jeff Shattler didn't make an immediate impact but, as the Riggers prepare for their fourth game, the additions have proved invaluable.

Last weekend versus the defending champion Colorado Mammoth, Heavenor and Co. provided five goals in the 17-13 victory.

"When you look at our roster you see guys like Lewis Ratcliff, Kaleb Toth, Tracey Kelusky and Kyle Goundry, all these goal scorers," said the 5-ft. 9-in., 185-lb. Heavenor. "But you need the guys to do the things in between the lines. This group of guys we've got this year are young, energetic and they love to play."

As for playing his former club tonight ...

"They picked up one guy and traded me, so that's the same team I played with last year. It should be fun," Heavenor said. "But we've got to keep rolling forward and beating Colorado at home gave us huge momentum. As a team we feel like we got the ball rolling now and we just want to keep going in the W column."


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