Kelusky coveting keepsakes

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

This is one weekend a season when Tracey Kelusky turns into a lacrosse fan and starts looking for mementos.

At least the Calgary Roughnecks captain has some currency to use.

Kelusky is participating in his sixth National Lacrosse League all-star game tonight, this year in Denver, and afterwards he's going to try trading his jersey for someone else's.

"It's fun to collect jerseys from some of the greats," Kelusky said. "It would be awesome to get (Buffalo Bandits legend) John Tavares' this year.

"I don't know if enough guys do it. I do it and I'm going after some big ones this year. I will offer up mine and see how it goes."

Being that Kelusky wore five jerseys from previous appearances, getting his own isn't as exciting anymore.

The last time he went to the game, he swapped silks with childhood pal John Grant Jr. of the Rochester Knighthawks, but that was after giving his previous ones to nieces and nephews.

One that he would love to have is that of Riggers defender Jeff Moleski, who is going to his first all-star tilt.

Kelusky realizes the jersey will mean a lot to Moleski, but will try to convince him this won't be his only showcase outing.

"I'm so thrilled Jeff Moleski is finally getting the recognition," Kelusky said. "He's been here for five years, but has been the backbone of our defence for the past three. He picks up the best offensive player from every team we play.

"For him to get the recognition is huge. He comes to the rink every week so prepared and he's such a great guy, so it's a thrill he's getting the recognition he deserves."

The Roughnecks are also sending lefty forward Josh Sanderson, who's heading to his fifth all-star game but first with Calgary, and forward-turned-defender Jeff Shattler.

Shattler played in his first all-star game last year when he was a transition specialist, but the Riggers used his versatility and speed to move him back to defence.

Despite not getting many offensive chances, Shattler has five goals and six assists in eight games.

He kept his jersey from last year and framed it. It sits on a the wall in his place.

But he's not a willing partner for deals because family wants to get their share.

"I haven't thought trading it off because my mom would kill me," Shattler said.

"She wants this one for sure. It's going to be a good time.

"My mom is hounding me for last year's. If she comes to Calgary, she's probably going to steal that off my wall."


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