Teams may owe Arizona a Stinging endorsement

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

The West Division final winner may owe thanks to the Arizona Sting tomorrow.

By all accounts, the Sting rental players could be the difference tonight when the Portland LumberJax visit the Calgary Roughnecks at the Saddledome (7:30 p.m.).

The key matchup is Jax star forward Dan Dawson against the Riggers defence, which includes on-loan Sting players Bruce Codd and Chris Seller.

Portland also has forward Derek Malawsky and transition player Brad MacDonald from Arizona. So after this season, the Jax could be completely different.

Because of a labour dispute that temporarily cancelled the NLL season, the Sting went on a one-year hiatus and their players were dispersed.

"This situation has probably never happened in pro sports before," said Dawson, who scored 12 points in an opening-round playoff win over San Jose. "There was no doubt when it happened it caught us by surprise. Our locker-room in Arizona was the best room I had ever had.

"We were one goal shy of the championship and we thought we would head back there the following year."

The players will go back to Arizona after the season, but if the team doesn't return, there will be another draft.

HELLO, ANYONE THERE?

Fans calling the Roughnecks office yesterday were greeted with a surprising message that said the number had been disconnected.

The team's office lost both phone and internet service for the majority of the day, but they remained open to distribute tickets to tonight's playoff game. There was apparently a technical snafu with Rogers.

"If this is the worst thing that happens this weekend, it should be a good weekend," said GM Kurt Silcott. "We're not sure exactly what's going on. We're all caught up on our payments."


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