Vancouver, BC – In the 2013 NLL Entry Draft the Vancouver Stealth selected a number of players from the Lower Mainland, which included Brett Dobray and Brendan Rouse from Langley, British Columbia. Dobray was selected 26th and Rouse was selected 45th overall, as they will both be looking to earn a roster spot with the Stealth for the 2014 season.
Dobray has been playing with the Langley Junior “A” Thunder since 2011 when he got his first call up opportunity, so playing at the Stealth’s new home in the Langley Events Centre should be something he’s comfortable with.
“It feels great to have the opportunity to play professionally in my home town,” said Dobray.
“This is what most athletes dream of.”
The first of two seasons with the Thunder began in 2012 for Dobray where he scored 46 points (26 goals, 20 assists) in 12 games and this year he nearly doubled his scoring total with 94 points (46 goals, 48 assists) in 21 games. Dobray’s play in 2013 earned him a BCJALL First Team All-Star but he knows there’s still work to be done heading into the Free Agent Camp,
“It’s going to be a whole different game for me, but I'm putting in a lot of hours during the off-season to prepare for the upcoming season.”
Some extra motivation for Dobray could also be the opportunity of playing with one his Thunder coaches,
“It's crazy to think I could be playing alongside someone I look up to so much,” Dobray said about current Stealth player Athan Iannucci.
“I'm very grateful to learn from one of the best in the game and I hope to learn even more this season as teammates.”
The road to an opportunity in professional lacrosse has been very different for Brendan Rouse who just finished his first season with the New Westminster Junior “A” Salmonbellies this past summer. Rouse enjoyed the full experience of Junior “A” lacrosse as the Salmonbellies went to the final of the Minto Cup where they lost out in a hard fought series with the Whitby Warriors.
“It was an intense week and a half of lacrosse,” said Rouse,
“It was disappointing to lose to Whitby in the finals but it made for a great summer of lacrosse for me.”
Before 2013 season with the Salmonbellies Rouse had just finished up his Western Hockey League career with the Vancouver Giants as he was also exploring a hockey career.
“I grew up playing both sports and I feel the sports are quite similar, I take tools I've learned from both sports to help my game in both.”
In 2009 Rouse was drafted by the Brandon Wheat Kings where he played until he was traded to the Seattle where he spent 3 and a half years. Rouse played in 258 regular season games and collected 128 points (36 goals, 92 assists). He will now be turning his attention to lacrosse, as he’s still looking to find a career in professional sport.
“It is really exciting to have the chance to still play a professional sport and I’m really lucky to be able to do it at home,” said Rouse,
“I feel it’s the greatest part about this opportunity.”
The Stealth will begin their first season at the Langley Events Centre in January, which should provide an extra boost for the two Langley natives heading into the Free Agent Camp on October 25th and 26th.
For the complete season schedule visit www.stealthlax.com