Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/16/08
Former Philadelphia Wings great Dallas Eliuk recently announced his retirement from the National Lacrosse League (NLL) after 18 seasons – 15 with the Wings.
Elius played with the Wings from 1991-2005 before spending his final three years with the Portland LumberJax. He will serve Portland as an assistant coach, as well as director of community relations and director of creative design (public relations).
In his tenure with the Wings, Eliuk was a nine-time All-Pro (1992-2000) and helped the Wings win four league championships (1994, ‘95, ‘98, 2001), two in which he was named the NLL Championship MVP (1998, 2001).
Elius retires as the league’s all-time leader in saves (6,356) in 213 games. He was the first player to appear in 200 games.
Wings select Giles in Dispersal Draft
The Wings selected Chicago forward Mat Giles with their pick (eighth overall) in the NLL Dispersal Draft last week.
Giles will be entering his 11th season in the NLL in 2009. Last season he recorded 50 points (27 goals, 23 assists) and was second on the team; he led the Shamrox in goals scored. Giles, who served a sChicago’s captain, also picked up 71 loose balls in 2008.
“Mat is a big strong right hander that brings a lot of league experience to our team and fills a big void we had on right side,” said Wings General Manager Lindsay Sanderson. “He will bring leadership all other good things associated with his league experience. We are excited to have him with us.”
Schedule changes for the 2009 season
Several schedule changes have also been announced by the NLL. All dates and times for Wings home games will remain as originally scheduled. The Wings will now host the Minnesota Swarm on Feb. 21 at the Wachovia Center instead of Chicago.