Rush sign four players

QMI Agency

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EDMONTON -- Like a fine wine, 34-year-old Edmonton Rush goaltender Matt Disher didn't make sour grapes when it came to resigning with the team.

Coming off one of the best seasons of his 12-year National Lacrosse League career, Disher was one of three Rush players to renew their contract Tuesday.

Disher and defender Ian Crashley signed one-year deals, while forward Dean Hill and defender Derek Suddons were inked to two-year deals.

Disher finished second among NLL goaltenders with eight wins and placed fourth in the league with career-highs of 807 minutes-played and 527 saves. The Arthur, Ont., product ended the regular season with a 12.92 goals-against average and a .752 save-percentage.

Disher enters his 13th NLL season with 156 regular-season games under his belt, a career 13.46 goals-against average and a .747 save-percentage.

Hill revived his career during his first season with the Rush, scoring 18 goals, including three on the power play, as well as 11 assists for 29 points.

Crashley established himself as a physical presence after missing all of 2009 with a knee injury. The six-foot-four, 220-pounder played in 15 games for the Rush last season, picking up one goal and five assists for six points to go along with 50 loose balls and a team-high 50 penalty minutes.

Suddons, a nine-year veteran, was one of the Rush's unsung heroes last season, playing in all 16 games and proving to be a valuable asset on defence and in transition.

Coach Canada: Edmonton Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan was named to the coaching staff that will guide Canada's attempt to win a third-straight World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

Head coach Ed Comeau will be joined by Keenan and fellow assistant coach Paul Day, who is a former Rush head coach, himself.

The 2011 event will be held May 21-28.

Bye, bye Bruce: National Lacrosse League veteran and Rush defender Bruce Alexander announced his retirement this week.

In 138 career regular-season games over 11 seasons, Alexander notched 73 goals and 172 assists for 245 points plus 356 loose balls.

On the sked: The Rush open the 2011 National Lacrosse League season on Jan. 8 against the five-time league-champion Toronto Rock. The Rush will make their Rexall Place debut for the 2011 season on Jan. 28 when they play the first of four games against the arch-rival Calgary Roughnecks. Training camp opens Nov. 20 and ends Dec. 19.


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