Codd bolsters 'D'

TY PILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

It was odd, agreed Codd.

New Roughnecks defender Bruce Codd was a member of the visiting Montreal Express in 2001 when they lit up the Calgary Roughnecks 32-17 at the Saddledome.

It was the Riggers first National Lacrosse League game and it was, well, ugly.

The 32 goals against is still an NLL record, as is the combined 49 markers between the teams.

"It was certainly like nothing I've seen since," said the 29-year-old Codd. "I don't remember a whole lot about who actually scored.

"It was almost like every possession was a goal at one point."

Codd was acquired from the Arizona Sting in a dispersal draft this winter when the desert club suspended operations for the season.

The Orangeville, Ont., product was snapped up by the Roughnecks, who are relying on the former all-star to bring his speed and athleticism to a revamped Calgary defence.

Listed at 5-ft.-8 and 155-lb., Codd lacks the size many expect from lacrosse defenders.

However, he plays a lot bigger than his stature, and that -- combined with his ability to read plays on the floor and scoop up loose balls -- has made him a proven commodity coming out the back door.

Roughnecks fans will get their first look at Codd in home silks when Calgary hosts the San Jose Stealth tomorrow night at the 'Dome (7 p.m.)

Codd is looking forward coming off the home bench.

"It will be nice to go into the 'Dome with people on your side instead of the rowdy taunts you get when you're a visitor," said Codd. "That part I'm very excited about."

"It's always been a great place to play. I don't know if it's the arena, or what, but it certainly gets loud in there and that adds to the game for sure."

The Roughnecks are coming off a 10-9 season-opening loss to the Colorado Mammoth in Denver two weeks ago while the Stealth have yet to play.

Along with its retooled defence, Calgary has made some additions on offence as well as trading for veteran goalie and former MVP Steve Dietrich.

Codd said the chance to play again with Calgary captain Tracey Kelusky -- who was a teammate on Montreal in 2001 -- and coaches Troy Cordingley and Terry Sanderson left him smiling when the Riggers called his name.

"Playing with Tracey is something I had looked forward to doing again, big-time, because I have so much respect for him," said Codd.

Calgary also picked up forward Curt Malawsky and defender Greg Hinman from Arizona, but technically only have the players on loan.

The league said it expects Arizona to resume operations next year with its former players returned to the franchise.

It's a strange situation in which the players find themselves.

"You don't hear of anything like that anywhere else," said Codd. "It's obviously a different situation, one that you can't draw from experience to go through. You've never been in that one.

"So much could happen. They could come back they might not. All you can do is focus on right now."


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