No time for Roughnecks prospect to re-lax

WES GILBERTSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

Joe Vetere figures he'll stick with double duty for as long as he can.

Even if it means the bumps and bruises never seem to heal.

Hot on the heels of his final campaign with the Burnaby Lakers junior A lacrosse club, Vetere will spend the season patrolling the blueline for the Mount Royal Cougars.

"I have just a total passion for both sports," said Vetere, a former Calgary Royal. "Being able to play both sports is just so rewarding and so thrilling."

Vetere isn't keen on giving up either sport, but he might not have a choice. The 21-year-old was plucked by the Calgary Roughnecks in the second round of last weekend's National Lacrosse League draft and will attend his first pro training camp in November, smack dab in the middle of the ACAC campaign.

Vetere had 21 goals and added 40 helpers in his final season in Burnaby, where he made three trips to the Minto Cup national championship tournament, but is tasked with preventing offence for the Cougars.

"It's tough because you want to put pucks in the net because you know you can, but that's not my role," said Vetere, who only scored four times and had 13 assists in 60 AJHL games last season.

"I want to help out the team wherever I can. It doesn't matter if I'm a forward trying to score goals or a defenceman trying to keep the puck out of the net.

"But it is a change."

Right now, Vetere's primary focus is helping the Cougars climb back to the top of ACAC hockey heap. But he admits the thought of winning an NLL title does cross his mind.

Maybe he could do both?

"It's pretty cool, just playing hockey and knowing I can be playing lacrosse, too, in the same city -- playing for a team that I grew up wanting to be a part of."


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