August 3, 2017 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks announced today that the team has re-signed defenseman Luc Magnan to a two-year deal, making him the fourth player to re-up this week.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to compete for a roster spot," said Magnan, who completed his first season with the Knighthawks in 2017.
The 25-year-old arrived in Rochester on Dec. 19 and just 10 days later made his Knighthawks debut in the season opener. The second-year pro joined a solid defensive corps that included National Lacrosse League stars like Sid Smith, Scott Campbell, Ian Llord, Graeme Hossack, Brad Gillies and Paul Dawson, not to mention goalies Matt Vinc and Angus Goodleaf.
"The locker room has some of the best leaders in the game," said Magnan. "It's great to be around guys who compete, do things the right way, and have a willingness to win."
With the Knighthawks, he played in a career-high 13 games and scooped up a career-best 47 loose balls. Throughout the course of the season, Magnan established himself as a reliable option on the Knighthawks' defense.
"He was very patient and once he got in the lineup he constantly got better and better," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. "He is defensively sound, physical and very smart. He has a great lacrosse IQ."
"I felt that once Luc got comfortable and learned our system he started to play with a lot more confidence and earned the trust of our coaches," said Knighthawks scout Stuart Brown. "I think Luc prides himself on being a steady, hardworking defender and he showed us that last year when given an opportunity to play."
The Pine Falls, Manitoba native broke into the NLL in 2016 with the Toronto Rock. In his inaugural season, Magnan appeared in 11 games and notched two assists and 39 loose balls. The Robert Morris University product was originally selected by the Rock in the second round (16th overall) of the 2015 NLL Entry Draft.
During his collegiate career, he appeared in 54 games and collected 82 ground balls. He also finished his career ranked fifth all-time with 43 caused turnovers. Magnan was recognized in 2013 as a Second Team All-NEC selection and was named to the All-NEC Rookie Team in 2012.
Now entering his third season in the NLL, Magnan has high expectations for the Knighthawks in 2018.
"The future is bright in Rochester," he said. "With guys coming back from injuries, the leadership and character in the locker room, and some potential good draft picks, the team is headed in the right direction."