'Defensive monster' an all-star

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

Andrew Turner has just etched a small spot in Edmonton Rush history.

The 29-year-old captain has become the first-ever Rush player to be named a starter in the National Lacrosse League all-star game.

"We are very excited for him and it's a great honour to be voted in by the league's GMs and coaches," said Rush head coach Paul Day.

"Andrew is one of the premier defencemen in the league. He has been a workhorse for us and a defensive monster out there."

The tilt in Portland on March 10 will mark Turner's fourth appearance at the all-star game - but the Ontario native probably doesn't know he has made the West Division team.

According to the club, Turner is apparently hiking in the Grand Canyon in Arizona and hasn't answered phone calls from team officials or the media.

In six games this year, Turner has four assists and collected 27 loose balls.

"He had a lot of pressure on him last year and some of that pressure has been taken off this year with the offensive guys we've brought in," continued Day.

"Plus, he's 100% healthy after playing hurt all of last season.

"I think our young group of guys are coming together with him leading the way."

Day is still hoping to have one or two more Rush players named to the West Division squad as reserves.

"We have some transition defensive guys like Chris McElroy, who after six games has four goals, which is good for a defenceman," added Day.

Other potential reserves include Chris Gill and Rory Glaves.


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