Roughnecks re-sign Toth

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:31 PM ET

Although he’s suddenly the elder statesman on the Calgary Roughnecks roster, Kaleb Toth isn’t putting any additional pressure on himself for the upcoming National Lacrosse League campaign.

He’s counting on the kids to — literally — help shoulder the load.

“I think I’ve earned the right not to carry my own equipment,” Toth joked. “Hopefully, one of the younger guys will do that for me. But I still feel young at heart. Hopefully my body will feel as young as my mind and my heart do, and if that happens, it’s gonna be a real good year for me.”

The 33-year-old Toth, the longest serving member of the franchise, has signed a one-year pact with the Roughnecks, extending his stint with his hometown team to a full decade and getting an opportunity to add to his franchise-record totals in games played, assists, points, game-winning goals and loose balls.

With the off-season departures of fellow forwards Tracey Kelusky and Josh Sanderson, he’s now the oldest member of the Roughnecks.

In fact, he’s likely the frontrunner to be named Calgary’s next captain.

“I think the coaching staff is going to be looking at me to be a bit more of a leader for the younger guys,” Toth said. “And obviously, with losing Josh and Tracey, we lose a lot of goal-scoring, so I imagine they’ll want me to pick that up as much as possible. But I don’t think it’s just on me. The onus is on everybody on the team to score goals and pick up the slack where needed.”

Toth had 13 goals and 22 assists in 10 regular-season appearances last winter, when he was limited by a knee injury.

Loose balls

Calgary Roughnecks owner/GM Brad Banister has been named an assistant general manager for Canada’s entry at next year’s world indoor lacrosse championship in the Czech Republic.

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