VANCOUVER, BC (Monday, September 16, 2013) – The Vancouver Stealth added 9 players in the 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft, which was held at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario earlier this evening. The Stealth held a first round pick for the first time since 2008.
With the Stealth’s 8th overall pick they selected lefty forward Cody Bremner. Bremner spent the last two seasons in the WLA playing for the Nanaimo Timbermen and has shown strong offensive abilities. He scored 69 points and was named the WLA Rookie of the Year in 2012 and in 2013 he added another 54 points.
“We really wanted to add a lefty forward,” said Head Coach Chris Hall following the draft,
“Bremner was the number one guy on our list so we couldn’t have been more pleased to get him.”
The Stealth then selected transition player Nick Weiss 17th overall. The Port Hope, Ontario native had 28 points in 19 games for the Peterborough Junior “A” Lakers this past season.
“He is a scrappy guy who we saw here in the combine and was really touted as one of the top defenders in the draft,” said Coach Hall.
It was at this point of the draft when the Stealth made a big move as they traded Mitch Jones to the Buffalo Bandits for the 20th pick and a 5th round selection in the 2015 NLL Entry Draft. Jones was selected 21st overall by the Stealth in last year’s draft.
With the newly acquired 20th pick the Stealth selected Tyler Digby from New Westminster, BC. The Stealth followed up with the 22nd overall pick and selected lefty defensemen, 6’5, 240 pound Kevin Neufeld.
“Digby is a big body and will fit in really well in this league because he can play at both ends of the floor,” said Coach Hall.
“Then we got another big boy in Kevin Neufeld who’s a strong 6’5, 240 pound defender and we feel he can step in right away and add some depth to the left side.”
The Stealth then selected Junior “A” Langley Thunder player Brett Dobray 26th overall. Dobray is from Langley, BC as he is one of two Langley players to be selected by the Stealth in the 2013 Draft. He had 94 points in 21 games for the Junior “A” Thunder this year.
With the 36th overall pick the Stealth selected Blair Goss from Fergus Ontario. The 6 foot 205 pound defender knows what it takes to win and Coach Hall is happy to add that to the lineup,
“He’s another big lefty defender, out of Orangeville who were the Minto Cup Champions a few years ago. Were very pleased to add Goss.”
The lone American born player Josh Hawkins was drafted 41st overall. Hawkins is from Pittsfield, Massachusetts as he impressed the Stealth in field lacrosse,
“We saw him play at the NCAA Championships a few years ago with Loyola and was just a ground ball monster on the field,” said Coach Hall,
“We think his skills will transfer really well to the indoor game.”
The second Langley player was Brendan Rouse who was selected 45th overall. He played for the New Westminster Junior “A” Salmonbellies who lost in the final of the Minto Cup this year. Rouse had 7 points in 18 games with the Salmonbellies.
“He is from Langley and he played for Danny Perreault in New Westminster, he is a quality player,” said Coach Hall.
With their final pick of the 2013 NLL Entry Draft the Stealth selected Chris Wardle 54th overall. Wardle was a standout player for the Junior “A” Victoria Shamrocks where he scored 90 points in 21 games this past season.
“I think it was a balanced draft for us, we got a couple right handed goal scorers, a couple of left handed goal scores, we got some size, some scrappiness, and some experience,” said Coach Hall.
“Overall I think it was a very successful draft for us, I’d say we came away with everything we wanted.”
The 9 draftees will join the Stealth at training camp for the 2014 season in early December, as they will look to earn their way on to the roster. The Stealth open the 2014 NLL regular season on the road against the Colorado Mammoth on January 4th, then on January 11th at 7pm the Stealth host the Minnesota Swarm in their home opener at the Langley Events Centre.
Vancouver Stealth season tickets are still available for the 2014 season. For full details visit www.stealthlax.com