Kelusky stays put in Calgary

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

Tracey Kelusky is back -- officially.

But, if you talk to the Calgary Roughnecks captain, he was never going anywhere else.

"My wife and I moved back to Ontario to be closer to our roots," said Kelusky, who signed a one-year deal yesterday with the Riggers.

"And some people thought maybe I wanted a trade, but that wasn't it.

"I had a conversation with Brad (Banister, Roughnecks president/GM), and I told him I wanted to be a part of the Roughnecks."

As a franchise player, Kelusky wasn't a true free agent, but said he wasn't interested in playing anywhere else.

"The franchise tag exempts other teams from being able to talk to me," Kelusky said.

"But I wasn't even thinking about that. If you have a good thing going, why throw a wrench into it?"

A good thing indeed.

The Roughnecks went 12-4 last season, posting the top record in the NLL.

Kelusky and Co. also went 3-0 in the post-season to win the Champions Cup.

"Obviously, he is our captain, and everyone knows what Tracey brings to the table," added Banister.

SCOTT.FISHER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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