Vancouver, BC (August 1, 2014) – The Vancouver Stealth have dipped into the free agency pool, signing five players, including three brand new faces. The team announced the signings of former Rochester Knighthawks defenseman, Tyler Burton, along with Canadian Lacrosse League players Caleb Wiles and Johnnie Rae. The Stealth also re-signed defensemen Brad Richardson and Justin Pychel to one year contracts. All five signings are pending league approval.
Burton, entering his fifth NLL season, played three years with the Knighthawks, winning two NLL Championships in 2012 and 2013. Last season, Burton spent time on the Edmonton Rush practice roster, playing in one game. He currently plays for the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association, helping them to a first place finish this season. The 25 year old from London, Ontario also won a Mann Cup in 2011 with the Brampton Excelsiors of the Major Series Lacrosse League.
Wiles, 26, is looking to make a big impact in his first NLL season. He’s shown his offensive talents in the CLAX with the Barrie Blizzard, winning the top offensive player award last season scoring 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) in just seven games. In 2013, Wiles took home Rookie of the Year honours tallying 63 points (35 goals, 28 points) in twelve games. His 35 goals were tied for the second highest in CLAX history. The Orillia, Ontario native also played for the Brooklin Redmen in MSL.
Rae, originally drafted by the Colorado Mammoth in 2010, hopes to bring some toughness to the Stealth lineup. The 24 year old defenseman played Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse in his hometown of Barrie, Ontario. He also spent some time in the MSL for the Oakville Rock.
Richardson, 28, played in four games for the Stealth last season winning 36.6 percent of his faceoffs, and collected nine loose balls. Pychel, 22, played in nine games last season, picking up his first ever NLL point.
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