January 20, 2010

NLL: Calgary to Dress Youngest Player This Year

from press release

CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Roughnecks return home this Saturday (Jan. 23) to face off against the Washington Stealth. Game time is 7:30 p.m. MST.

Twenty-year-old forward Carlton Schuss will suit up for the match, making him the youngest player to dress for a Roughnecks game this season. The native of Richmond, BC tallied 75 points last year, including 37 goals and 38 assists in 20 games with the Delta Islanders of the BCJALL last year. He also racked up 107 penalty minutes in that time.

Roughnecks President and General Manager Brad Banister is excited to see Schuss rip it up on the turf. He hopes Schuss and the rest of the Riggers will draw a bigger crowd to Saturday night’s game.

“My goal is to get 10,000 fans to the game on Saturday,” said Banister. “We are the second lowest team for attendance in the league right now. That is disappointing, especially for a team that worked so hard to win the Champion’s Cup for its fans last year. I challenge Calgarians to step up and come out to the Saddledome.”

The Roughnecks currently average 8,100 people per game, while teams such as the Buffalo Bandits and Colorado Mammoth average well over 15,000. In Calgary, the Flames average 19,000 and the Hitmen 9,000. Drawing a crowd of 10,000 would land the Riggers in the middle.

The Roughnecks were 2-0 against the Stealth (formerly the San Jose Stealth) in regular season action last year. The Riggers also faced the Stealth in the 2009 Western Division playoffs, defeating them with a whopping 17-5 victory.


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