Roughnecks sacrifice King

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:21 AM ET

Cory Conway has been reunited with his summer sidekicks.

The Calgary Roughnecks acquired the right-handed sharpshooter in Wednesday’s swap with the Colorado Mammoth, sending starting netminder Matt King and a second-round selection to Denver to make it a done deal.

Conway will join Coquitlam Adanacs summer-ball teammates Dane Dobbie and Daryl Veltman at the Saddledome, giving the Riggers a hat-trick of highly-touted young attackers to lead a re-tuned offence for the upcoming National Lacrosse League season.

“Cory Conway is a legitimate offensive star in this league,” said Roughnecks GM Brad Banister. “We needed a little bit of goal-scoring help, I think, and we’ve gained a future all-star for this team.

“We’re creating the next generation of Roughnecks stars, and he is one of them.”

In three NLL seasons, with the Mammoth and now-defunct Portland Lumberjax, Conway registered 43 goals and 69 assists and scooped up 131 loose balls.

The 23-year-old was a force to be reckoned with this summer for Coquitlam’s Western Lacrosse Association entry, getting 35 goals and 57 assists in 18 regular-season games. Conway also led the Adanacs with seven goals and 22 assists in six playoff outings.

With King’s departure, Mike Poulin will likely become the Roughnecks’ go-to guy between the pipes, while Kurtis Wagar has the inside track on the backup gig.

Also Wednesday, the Mammoth completed a blockbuster trade with the Rochester Knighthawks, acquiring sniper John Grant Jr. for a package headlined by goaltender Matt Vinc.

Banister doesn’t expect to make any more moves before the Riggers open training camp.

“I think it’s completely complete,” Banister said. “Our offence is as strong as ever.”

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