Rush adds toughness by acquiring McNish

JASON HILLS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

It turns out the feelings between Edmonton Rush GM/ head coach Bob Hamley and Ryan McNish were mutual.

Both got their wish yesterday when Hamley acquired the rugged defenceman and a third round draft pick in the 2010 National Lacrosse League draft from the Calgary Roughnecks in exchange for Edmonton's first pick in the same draft.

"I've always admired him from afar, and I never thought our paths would cross where I would be able to get him on my team," Hamley said yesterday.

"Now that I got him, I can say these things. I think he's the full package."

McNish, who resides in Edmonton, spent the last four years in Calgary. Last season he played all 16 games with the Roughnecks chipping in with two goals, four assists and 39 penalty minutes. He'll provide the Rush with stability and a physical presence on the back end.

"I've always wanted to play for Bob and I know I can learn a lot from him about the game, and hopefully I can become a better player with him coaching me," said McNish.

"Mr. Hamley has added some toughness to the team this year. I am going to go play my style. With myself and Tim O'Brien on the floor, we will make sure that teams are afraid of us, and if they try anything we'll make sure they feel it."

Hamley echoed those sentiment.

"He's got a never-say-die attitude; you know Ryan McNish will have your back as a player," said Hamley. "He's a very intimidating guy, and he's tough to play against."

In another move, Hamley signed former Colorado Mammoth goaltender Chris Levis to a two-year contract. He'll come into camp and challenge Steve Dietrich who was also acquired in the off-season for the starting goaltender job.

"We think he's one of those guys that is hungry to prove he can be a starter in this league, and he's never really been given the chance until now," said Hamley

"Steve Dietrich is healthy again and we think he can play a full schedule, but we think they'll form a very strong tandem."

Levis's arrival pretty much marks the end of Curtis Palidwor's tenure with the Rush.\


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