CALGARY - It took Mike Poulin a year to prove he’s a legitimate No. 1 goaltender in the NLL.
Now the Calgary Roughnecks stopper has three years to, as he puts it, “win championships.”
The Riggers signed Poulin to a three-year contract earlier this week and the 25-year-old said he’s eager to start collecting rings.
“I’m really excited,” he said from his Waterloo, Ont., home.
“I definitely wanted to there and it feels great to get that commitment from the team.
“As a goalie, I can just focus on one thing and I don’t have to go into every off-season trying to figure something out.
“Now we three years to win Cups.”
Poulin, who posted an 11.03 goals-against average and .765 save percentage while posting a league-best 11-5 record last season, said the squad is positioned well for the future.
“We weren’t expected to do a lot last year,” he said. “And the ownership was up in the air.
“But we’ve got one of the younger teams and I think it’s fair to say we’re going to compete for championships for a long time.”
New Roughnecks GM Mike Board said getting Poulin to sign on the dotted line was a priority.
“We feel Mike is in the upper echelon of goalies in the National Lacrosse League,” Board said. “He is committed to the Roughnecks and was enthusiastic about a long-term deal.
“His is one of the leaders in our room and has a burning desire to win.”
Poulin was acquired in a trade with the Boston Blazers in February 2010.
“He gives us an opportunity to compete in every game,” said Riggers head coach Dave Pym. “He strives to be a leader of character, competence and courage and really has that ‘follow me’ attitude.”