Tim Henderson will be serving his country, before he has a chance to suit up for the Vancouver Stealth’s 2014 season. Henderson is a Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and will be deployed to Afghanistan for active duty at the end of the month. Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall knows Henderson’s departure will be missed on and off the turf, “I think that’s a big hole for us that were going to need to fill, Tim’s an incredible athlete and an incredible person, what he brought to the team were considerable in the impact for us."
The opportunity to serve in the military will become a reality for Henderson in a couple weeks and it’s something he’s been waiting a long time for, “I don’t want to be in the army and not go overseas, that’s really where you’re doing your job, when you’re state side your just training so it’s like we all want to go overseas and get in the fight.” Henderson’s training will be put to good use when he begins his service as he already knows what he will be doing, "My specialty is field artillery, I’d be the one calling in artillery fire, which is basically big cannons."
Henderson will most likely miss the entire NLL season with the Stealth but it doesn’t seem to faze the 6’2 defensemen in anyway. If given the opportunity to return and make a contribution to the team, Henderson is will to do anything, "I loved playing with the team and I'd love to have any role, if they wanted me to show up and get water for the guys, I'd just like to be there." For now serving in the United States Military is Henderson’s focus even though some aspects of his lacrosse life will translate into his army life, “Lacrosse is a team sport and really at the end of the day you get into the army, and it’s a team sport.”
The Stealth will begin the NLL season in January without Henderson as he will be well on his way to Afghanistan with no official return date. Don’t miss out on your chance to get season tickets to all the Stealth matches, for information visit www.stealthlax.com or at www.langleyeventscentre.com.