Mr. Saturday Night alright for Roughnecks

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

Mr. Saturday Night is bringing his show to the Saddledome.

The Calgary Roughnecks announced yesterday they've acquired transition ace Rob Van Beek from the Philadelphia Wings in exchange for their second-round selection in the 2010 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.

"I'm pretty pumped," Van Beek said. "I've always loved the style of lacrosse the Roughnecks play. It's more of a hard-nosed, tough style of play, and I love that.

"I'm just looking to fit in with a good group of guys and bring another championship to Calgary."

The 26-year-old has been a regular for the Wings since joining the pro ranks five years ago but asked to be traded over the off-season to be closer to his hometown of Port Coquitlam, B.C.

He officially got his wish yesterday.

In 72 career games, Van Beek has registered 22 goals and 59 assists. He has also collected 390 loose balls and racked up 180 penalty minutes.

"He is a blood-and-guts character guy who possesses the intangibles we look for in a player," Riggers bench boss Dave Pym said in a statement. "Our camp just became that much more competitive."

WES.GILBERTSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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