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Wardle Prepared to Move From Junior “A” to NLL

10/02/2013, 1:00pm PDT
By Kyle Donen

Chris Wardle looking to earn a spot with the Stealth for 2014

VANCOUVER, BC (Wednesday, October 2, 2013) – Chris Wardle continues to make huge strides in his young career and at the end of October he’ll be competing for a spot with the Vancouver Stealth. The Victoria native was recently selected 54th overall in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft.

“Getting drafted was a great feeling,” said Wardle,

“It's been a goal of mine since I started playing lacrosse.”

Wardle has been a standout player for the Junior “A” Victoria Shamrocks and he continues to improve each year he plays. Wardle put up 41 points in 21 games in 2012 and this season he scored 90 points in 21 games. The opportunity for Wardle to further his development further is right in front of him,

“The jump to the NLL is going to be a big adjustment and it’s going to take some time,” said Wardle.

“However I feel that I am ready.”

The 6 foot 170 pound forward has shown he can play at the next level, as he even experienced a call up to the Victoria Shamrocks of the WLA, during the playoffs. Wardle stepped into a heated series between Victoria and Langley in the WLA Finals and he never appeared out of place.

“Playing in the WLA playoffs was a great experience,” said Wardle.

“It gave me a bit of experience playing with bigger guys and at a faster pace game, which I believe will help me with the adjustment to the NLL.”

Wardle added 2 shots on goal in his first game with Victoria as the Shamrocks went on to win the game and the WLA Title. Wardle will be looking to bring some of his success to the Stealth and earn a spot for the 2014 season. His chance to prove himself to the Stealth will be at try outs starting October 25th and 26th.

The Stealth season is fast approaching and season tickets are still available. The Stealth’s 2014 NLL regular season gets started 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.

For ticket information visit www.stealthlax.com/season-tickets

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