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Saturday, 15th December 2018

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Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/15/18
From Press Release

The new Philadelphia Wings kick off the 2018-19 National Lacrosse League season today (PHL 17) when they host the Buffalo Bandits today at 1 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Bandits and old Wings will reignite their fierce rivalry created decades ago. The all-time series has the Bandits with the edge 26-25 in the 51 regular season meetings. And the playoff battles between these two clubs are priceless, which includes the 1992 Championship overtime win for the Bandits.

Wings general manager and head coach Paul Day, who is an original Bandit (1992), came out swinging in last summer’s expansion draft, selecting some top players from around the loop.

Selecting first in the expansion draft, Day picked Brett Hickey from the Toronto Rock. The seventh year forward netted 50 goals in 2015, following up with 45 in 2017, and last year scored 24 goals and 16 assists for 40 points. Hickey is a true power forward at 6-foot-2, 225-pounds.

Kiel Matisz from Georgia was second, where the 6-foot-5 forward scored 16 goals and 50 assists for 66 points. And third, probably the most underrated player in the league, Jordan Hall, also from Georgia, brings his 12 seasons of experience to the club. With only playing in 10 games last year for the Swarm, Hall scored 14 goal and 18 assists for 32 points.

Josh Currier comes over from the Knighthawks along with Frank Brown. Anthony Joaquim (New England) and Matt Rambo (La Salle, Duke’s LC, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy assistant coach), the 2017 Tewaarton Trophy winner, fill out the roster and four former Bandits, Vaughn Harris, Zac Reid, Liam Patten and Dave DiRuscio, are on the team. Blaze Riorden was placed on injured reserve.

Chris Cloutier, second overall in this year’s draft, was the MLL Rookie of the Year with Denver in 2014, where he posted 26 goals and 14 assists in six games. He also played with Cobourg in the MSL last summer, scoring 32 (21+11) in eight games.

Trevor Baptiste, who brings faceoff expertise, played on the U.S. team that won the field lacrosse World Championship last summer. Dylan Evans, Chet Koneczy, Joakum Miller (Finland), Doug Buchan, Liam Patten, Braydon Hill, Steph Carbonneau and Liam Byrnes made the Wings active roster.

The Philadelphia Wings roster

Matt Rambo


FORWARDS (6)
1 – Matt Rambo (La Salle, Duke’s LC, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy assistant coach)
11 – Brett Hickey
27 – Josh Currier
44- Jordan Hall
45 – Chris Cloutier
46 – Kiel Matisz
TRANSITION (2)
9 – Trevor Baptiste
28 – Vaughn Harris
DEFENSEMEN (10)

3 – Dylan Evans
12 – Liam Patten
17 – Chet Koneczny
19 – Zac Reid
81 – Joakim Miller
83 – Frank Brown
21 – Steph Charbonneau
22 – Brayden Hill
29 – Liam Byrnes
33 – Anthony Joaquim
GOALTENDERS (2)
57 – Doug Buchan
65 – Davide Diruscio

The Wings also assigned defensemen Justin Guterding, Isaiah Davis-Allen and Chris Collins to their practice roster and placed forward Blaze Riorden on injured reserve. A detailed version of the full roster is attached to this release.

The Philadelphia Wings are a National Lacrosse League expansion franchise acquired by Comcast Spectacor in 2017, and Saturday’s “Welcome Home” opener against the Buffalo Bandits at 1:00 will officially bring professional lacrosse back to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time in over four years.

The afternoon will include a tribute to the original Wings franchise, with the numbers of Wings legends Tom “Hollywood” Marechek (retired no. 42), Dallas Eliuk (retired no. 35), and Jake Bergey (retired no. 66) all returning to the Wells Fargo Center rafters.

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