Deal has Toth pumped for NLL repeat

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With a one-year contract written and signed, Calgary Roughnecks sparkplug Kaleb Toth can now focus on the biggest task at hand.

Namely, helping the Riggers gun for a second-straight National Lacrosse League title.

"It's very exciting. Having a chance to repeat in any sport is an opportunity everyone wants," Toth said yesterday after agreeing to a deal that puts him in Calgary silks for his ninth consecutive season.

"Not too many teams in the NLL have done it. Our goal is to get everyone back from last year.

"We had a strong team last year. We proved to everyone we did by winning the championship. We hope to be even stronger this year. Going into training camp, that's our goal again."

Team president and GM Brad Banister announced yesterday the club had signed Toth, a forward who hails from Calgary, to a one-year deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"It's always a pleasure to have Kaleb back on board," Banister said."

"(He's) looking good and looking ready to play this year and challenge for a spot on the team as usual," Banister continued.

"Kaleb brings a different quality to this team and had an outstanding season last year."

In 2009, the 32-year-old Toth notched 33 goals and 47 assists for 80 points in 16 regular-season games.

In that time, Toth collected 70 loose balls and tallied 14 powerplay goals, two game-winning goals and 18 assists on the man-advantage.

During the 2009 playoffs, Toth put up 15 points, including four goals and 11 helpers.

"He had an above-par performance last season, and his best season ever with 80 points," Banister said.

"Kaleb is the face of the team -- and we are happy to have him back."

Prior to his time with the Roughnecks, Toth played for the Toronto Rock for two seasons.

The Roughnecks kick off the 2010 NLL season Jan. 10 at the Saddledome against the Minnesota Swarm.


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