February 26, 2011
Roughnecks' Snider to miss NLL all-star gameTransition player's lower-body injury keeps him off West roster in Philly Sunday
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
If Geoff Snider was 100% healthy, there is no way he would miss the National Lacrosse League all-star game.
As it stands, the Calgary Roughnecks transition player is battling a lower-body ailment suffered last weekend in a win over the Edmonton Rush, so he’s pulled out of Sunday’s exhibition in Verona, N.Y.
“It didn’t makes sense to push it when we’re fighting for a championship,” said Snider, the Roughnecks faceoff specialist. “It’s an honour to be named and I would have embraced it being healthy. So this kinda sucks.”
This is the second straight time Snider has had to pull out of the game due to injury. Two years ago, when the game was in Colorado, Snider missed after suffering a throat fracture, which also happened against the Edmonton Rush.
“The all-stars are a lot of fun and they are really good for the league,” said Snider, who was named MVP during the 2008 game in Edmonton.
“The league needs the promotion. I’m really proud to be named to the team. My goal is to make the all-star team every year that I play. It’s a great measure of how you are playing.”
The Roughnecks will still be represented in the game, which airs on TSN2 in Canada. Team captain Andrew McBride, transition player Jeff Shattler and forward Scott Ranger will all take part Sunday.