The Washington Stealth announced today the signing of forward Jeff Zywicki, pending league approval. Zywicki is one of the National Lacrosse League’s top offensive stars and enters his sixth season with the Stealth.
2010 marked the fourth straight season Zywicki, a second team All-Pro selection in 2008, posted at least 70 points during the regular season. Despite missing three games due to injury, he recorded 71 points on 30 goals and 41 assists. Zywicki was also a major contributor in the Stealth’s championship run with nine goals and four assists in three postseason games.
“Jeff is one of the top forwards in the NLL and is a huge part of our team,” said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker. “Having him back and ready to go for our 2011 Champions Cup defense is a very, very big thing for our organization and we are thrilled to have him in camp. He was a key reason we were as successful as we were last season and we look forward to great things from him again this season.”
In five NLL seasons, Zywicki has accumulated 357 points (177g, 180a) in 75 regular season games. He is second on the Stealth’s all-time goals list and third in points. In his All-Pro 2008 season, he set the Stealth single season goals record with 48 and finished the season with 90 points. Zywicki is also a two-time NLL All-Star and played in the 2009 NLL All-Star series in Australia. He was named to the NLL All-Rookie team in 2006 after being drafted eighth overall by the Stealth in the 2005 NLL Entry Draft.
Zywicki has had an equally lucrative career in the field game. He won back-to-back Major League Lacrosse Championships in 2008 and 2009 as a member of the Rochester Rattlers and Toronto Nationals, respectively. In 2006, Zywicki led Team Canada to its first World Championships gold medal since 1978, earning All-World honors after posting a tournament-high 28 goals. He and his teammates from the gold medal-winning squad were inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame following the World Championships. Zywicki was also a star at the University of Massachusetts, where he was a two-time All-American (2003, 2005).
The Stealth opens training camp on December 3 as they prepare to defend their National Lacrosse League title. The 2011 campaign begins on January 8, when the team travels to Denver, Colo., to take on West Division rival Colorado Mammoth. The home schedule begins the following evening as the Calgary Roughnecks visit the Comcast Arena at Everett. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877-MY-75-TIX or at www.stealthlax.com.