Rush release 2010 schedule

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, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

The Edmonton Rush will meet many familiar foes and some new faces as the National Lacrosse League released its 2010 schedule yesterday.

The NLL's Battle of Alberta pitting the Rush against the Calgary Roughnecks will be held three times, with two of the matchups coming on the Rush's home turf at Rexall Place. The Roughnecks, who are the defending NLL champions, will visit Edmonton on Jan. 30 and the Rush will return to the Saddledome -- where they have earned two of their biggest victories in franchise history -- on Feb. 5. The teams will meet for the final time during the regular season at Rexall April 16.

"We are excited about the upcoming season, especially since our fans are going to see the very best games, including the matchups against Calgary," said team president Gord Sawyer. "Our opponents are going to see first-hand what the new-look Rush are capable of and I believe our loyal fans are going to see a real Champion's Cup contender in black, silver and white."

Among the other featured matchups on the schedule are a home-and-home series between the Rush and the Toronto Rock on Feb. 12 at the Air Canada Centre and Feb. 21 at Rexall Place (the lone Sunday home game of the season for Edmonton). The Rush's 16-game schedule will also include two home games against East Division opponents when they host the Buffalo Bandits on Jan. 23 and the Boston Blazers on March 20. Edmonton will make one trip into the East Division with a visit to Rochester on Feb. 27.

"Every team's schedule is a difficult one and is truly going to test each of us. The best teams are going to rise to the situation. Preparation every week will be imperative," said Rush GM and head Ccoach Derek Keenan.

The Rush will also meet the newly minted Washington Stealth on three occasions during the regular season. The Stealth relocated from San Jose to Everett, Wash., during the off-season.

The Edmonton Rush are fast-approaching the NLL's annual Entry Draft with an eye on the future. The Draft will be held Wednesday in Buffalo.

This will be the first Entry Draft with the Rush for Keenan and he hopes the club can acquire up-and-coming talent that will have an impact on the Rush lineup.

"The Entry Draft is always an important day for an NLL team -- just as important and exciting for the young men entering the league," noted Keenan. "It is a chance for the Rush to solidify the future and add some key pieces to our long-term picture."

The Rush have six picks, beginning with the 12th overall choice in Round 1. This will be only the second time the Rush have picked in the first round, having previously traded their picks in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Rush held two first-round picks in 2008 and used them to select Jamie Floris (4th overall) and Ryan Campell (10th overall).

The Rush will pick again in Round 2 (14th overall); Round 3 (25th overall); Round 4 (42nd overall); and twice in Round 6 (48th and 52nd overall).


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