Four Roughnecks get all-star nods

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

It's a good thing the National Lacrosse League all-star game is still two weeks away.

Rugged Calgary Roughnecks defender Jeff Moleski, one of four Riggers selected to suit up for the West Division, needs a bit of time to study his all-star etiquette.

"I'm not sure, if someone gets caught in the tracks, do you let up or not?" he wondered yesterday after the NLL announced the reserves for the March 7 showcase in Denver.

"I'd imagine you probably do, because guys are trying to show their skills and stuff. I guess we'll see how it goes. I'll ask around and see how intense guys are playing on defence.

"This is new to me. It's quite an honour, though."

Roughnecks captain Tracey Kelusky and transition threat Jeff Shattler were also named West Division reserves yesterday and will be joined in the Mile High City by Riggers setup man Josh Sanderson, who was voted a starter last week.

Five Buffalo Bandits were named to the East squad, while the Roughnecks and Colorado Mammoth have four all-stars apiece, the most of any West club.

Moleski, who sheepishly admitted he's never even watched the mid-season classic, is the only Roughneck making his all-star game debut.

Kelusky, who will be making his sixth all-star appearance, just laughed when asked what his hard-hitting teammate should expect.

"It's a little bit different than the typical game Jeff Moleski plays," Kelusky said.

"He's a very physical presence on the floor for us and he goes out and he hits guys and plays that physical game.

"It's not as physical, but nonetheless, an all-star game in lacrosse is more physical than any other all-star game."

Kelusky is having a bounce-back season after missing nine games in 2008 with a concussion. In six outings so far this year, the 33-year-old forward has 10 goals and 24 assists and trails only Sanderson (11G, 24A) on the Riggers' scoring charts.

Moleski and Shattler are also chipping in offensively. Shattler, named to the all-star team for the second straight season, has three goals and five assists in six contests and has also scooped up 33 loose balls.

Moleski has four goals and two assists in five games.

Fresh off their first loss of the season, the Riggers (5-1) will host the expansion Boston Blazers (4-3) Sunday at the Saddledome (3 p.m.).


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