The San Jose Stealth selected two players and added another through a trade with the Rochester Knighthawks, as the National Lacrosse League’s twelve member teams participated in a dispersal draft on December 12, 2008. The dispersal draft was a result of the Chicago Shamrox suspending their operations for the 2009 season.
The Stealth held the seventh pick in the draft, and with it took rookie transition player Steve McKinlay. McKinlay was selected 39th overall by the Shamrox in the 2008 NLL Entry Draft out of Ohio State University. He has accumulated 47 points (24 goals, 23 assists) in two seasons with the Coquitlam Adanacs of the Western Lacrosse Association.
With their second pick of the draft, the Stealth selected rookie Jake Byrne. Byrne, a 5’11” forward out of Johns Hopkins also plays for the San Francisco Dragons in Major League Lacrosse.
After the conclusion of the draft, the Stealth traded a 2010 First Round pick to the Knighthawks for third-year defenseman Mike Kirk, who was selected fourth in the dispersal draft. Kirk finished with ten points (five goals, five assists) and picked up 44 loose balls for the Shamrox in 2008. Upon his arrival in San Jose, Kirk will be reunited with a pair of former teammates. Kirk won the Mann Cup in 2008 with Stealth Captain Colin Doyle as members of the Brampton Excelsiors and previously played with Stealth transition player Peter Veltman for Coquitlam in the WLA. The Orangeville, Ontario native is ready to meet with some familiar faces on the West Coast. “I talked to guys from Orangeville and apparently San Jose is the place to be,” said an excited Kirk. "I'm very happy to be going to a team that is ready to contend for an NLL title."
The Stealth will announce their final roster within the next week. For complete results of the dispersal draft, log on to www.nll.com.