The Washington Stealth announced today the signing of team Captain Jason Bloom for the next two seasons, pending approval by the National Lacrosse League. Bloom, the only captain the Stealth has known during its tenure in Washington, is entering his sixth NLL season and his third with the Stealth.
Bloom, who turns 29 years old next month, has played in all but one game in the previous two seasons. The right-handed transition player has taken a more defensive role since being acquired by the Stealth prior to the 2010 season and has recorded 16 points (3g, 13a) and 145 loose balls, including a career high 111 in 2010, in 31 regular season games. He has also appeared in all six postseason games in which the Stealth has played the past two seasons, playing an integral part in the team’s back-to-back Western Division titles and the 2010 NLL Championship.
Bloom has played for three teams in his NLL career, beginning his career with the Colorado Mammoth in 2007. After two seasons in Colorado, he spent the 2009 season with the Boston Blazers, where he recorded career highs in goals (13), assists (10) and points (23). In 66 career regular season games, Bloom has tallied 61 points (23g, 38a) and 257 loose balls.
“Jason has been a great captain for us both on and off the floor,” said Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall. “On the floor, his hustle on every shift and work ethic day in and day out set a tremendous example for the rest of the team. Off the floor, he’s a strong leader for our organization and he epitomizes everything we want from our players.”
In addition to his duties as a professional lacrosse player, Bloom has become a staple in the Washington lacrosse community. He currently resides in Mercer Island and coaches local lacrosse players throughout the Puget Sound region. Bloom is a former assistant coach at The Overlake School in Redmond, where he helped lead the boys’ varsity lacrosse team to the Division II State Championship in 2009. He also coaches for the Seattle Starz club teams and regularly serves as an instructor for the Stealth Lacrosse Academy.
“I love this area and being a part of its blossoming lacrosse community,” said Bloom. “Getting the opportunity to stay with the Stealth and be close to my family is something for which I am very grateful. The Stealth organization has done a tremendous job of growing the sport in Washington along with putting a top-notch team together on the floor. I can’t wait to get the 2012 season started and work towards bringing another Champion’s Cup to Washington.”
Bloom and the rest of the Stealth will open training camp later this fall, which includes an exhibition game against the Toronto Rock at the Langley Events Center in Langley, British Columbia on December 10. The 2012 NLL regular season schedule begins in January.
Season Tickets for the 2012 Washington Stealth season at the Comcast Arena at Everett start at just $99 and are on sale now. For more information, visit www.stealthlax.com
or call 877-MY-75-TIX.