Roughnecks captain traded

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:06 PM ET

The face of the Calgary Roughnecks franchise is, um, no longer a Calgary Roughneck.

The National Lacrosse League club announced Wednesday afternoon that team captain Tracey Kelusky has been traded to the Buffalo Bandits.

The Riggers will receive Buffalo's first-round pick in the 2011 NLL Draft, but also surrender their third-round selection as part of the deal.

Kelusky ranks second on the Roughnecks' all-time scoring charts, having notched 256 goals and 283 assists in eight seasons with the team.

The 35-year-old righty helped the Riggers win a pair of NLL titles.

Roughnecks owner Brad Banister has dismantled his team this off-season, also trading sniper Josh Sanderson, defender Jeff Moleski and faceoff man Devan Wray.

"There comes a time for all professional teams when tough decisions have to be made," he said in a release.

"We are closing the book at the end of a great story and are flipping the page to a new beginning. This is the best thing for Tracey Kelusky and the best thing for the Calgary Roughnecks."


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