Captain Kelusky returns to fold

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:31 PM ET

The captain is returning to helm of the Calgary Roughnecks.

The National Lacrosse League team announced yesterday captain Tracey Kelusky has signed a one-year deal and will suit up for his seventh season in Calgary starting in January.

"As everybody knows, Tracey is a huge part of this team on and off the floor, and we're very pleased to have him back," said Riggers owner/GM Brad Banister.

"Tracey is by far one of the best players in our league, so it's exciting to have our captain healthy again."

Kelusky suffered a concussion in the second week of last season and missed nearly two months of action.

The 33-year-old returned strong in the latter half of the season and helped the Riggers get into the playoffs and knock off the Colorado Mammoth in the first round.

In seven games, Kelusky had 11 goals and added 14 helpers, but he had 10 points in just two playoff games.

During his eight-year NLL career with a year each in Columbus and Montreal, Kelusky has 263 goals and 536 points in 114 regular-season games.

He was a key part to the Riggers' championship season of 2004.

"He's eager to play and looking forward to bringing another championship back to Calgary," added Banister.

The Riggers open the 2009 campaign Jan. 9 against the Stealth in San Jose.


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