Vancouver, BC – The Vancouver Stealth made a big move to grab Tyler Digby 20th overall in last week’s 2013 NLL Entry Draft. The Stealth traded Mitch Jones to Buffalo for the 20th overall pick in this year’s draft along with a 5th round pick in the 2015 NLL Entry Draft.
“It feels great to be drafted by Vancouver,” said Digby
“I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to play in front of friends and family who have been very supportive of my athletic career and haven't had as many chances to watch me being at school on the east coast.”
Digby will bring some all-around athletic ability to his new team, as he is not only a strong lacrosse player but he is also a sought after football player.
“Playing both sports I think it definitely makes me a stronger player,” said Digby,
“There’s a lot of crossover in training for the sports as well with the footwork.”
Digby was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 CFL Entry Draft and was selected 36th overall by Ottawa. He is currently playing football in his final semester at Robert Morris University just outside Pittsburgh, as he plans to graduate this December.
The big 6’3 forward will be turning his attention to lacrosse once his University football season comes to an end this semester. Digby finished off his final year of lacrosse with Robert Morris last year, collecting 22 goals and 10 assists in his senior year. In 56 regular season games with Robert Morris the New Westminster native had a total of 71 points during his 4 year career.
Digby also played a few years with fellow Stealth draftee Kevin Neufeld who was taken 22nd overall,
“Kevin and I became very good friends through our time at school and I’m very excited to be able to play with him, as well all the other stealth players.”
This past summer Digby played in the Western Lacrosse Association with the Burnaby Lakers after being drafted 6th overall in the 2013 WLA Entry Draft. Digby had a solid season with the Lakers scoring 10 goals and 13 assists, in 15 games.
Digby played his entire Junior “A” career with his home town New Westminster Salmonbellies before being drafted by Burnaby in the WLA. He played three seasons with the Salmonbellies, he scored 311 points (143 goals, 168 assists) in 80 regular season and playoff games. In 2010 he was named the Top Scorer, Most Valuable Player and was named to the BCJALL First All Star Team after scoring 89 points (34 goals, 55 assists) in the regular season. In 2011 he was again named to the BCJALL First All Star Team after scoring 94 points (49 goals, 45 assists).
Digby has an opportunity to continue his lacrosse career close to home with the Vancouver Stealth, which should make for an easier transition to the NLL. He will be looking to earn a spot on the roster at training camp in late October.