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Black Wolves Make 10 Selections in 2014 NLL Entry Draft

September 22, 2014 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - New England Black Wolves News Release

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (September 22, 2014) - The New England Black Wolves were busy Monday night at the 2014 NLL Entry Draft, selecting 10 players while also making four trades.

The key move was a trade that sent veteran transition player Jordan Hall to Rochester - where he starred in 2011-12 - for the 11 th and 28 th picks in 2014 and a first-round pick in 2015. The Black Wolves promptly sent that pick in 2015 to Calgary for the sixth, eighth, 26 th and 27 th picks.

The Black Wolves also acquired veteran Mike McNamara from Colorado in exchange for the 17 th overall pick, and Jay Card from Minnesota in exchange for the 40 th overall pick.

"We're all ecstatic," New England coach Blane Harrison said. "It was a fantastic draft for us. We feel we are almost immediately better as a result."

With the sixth pick, the Black Wolves chose Mark Cockerton out of Virginia, where he ranked seventh in the nation as a senior, averaging 2.94 goals per game. The 5-foot-10 forward scored 125 goals in his career with the Cavaliers.

"He is a very skilled individual," Harrison said of Cockerton.

At No. 8, the Black Wolves chose Quinn Powless, a 6-foot-1 offensive player who helped Six Nations win the Minto Cup in British Columbia Junior A Lacrosse this year.

Other picks included defenseman Rodd Squire at No. 11, forward Matt Crough at No. 15, forward Josh Johnson at No. 20, defenseman Sheldon Burns at No. 22, forward Ty Thompson at No. 26, defenseman Connor Campbell at No. 28, forward Mike Mawdsley at No. 31 and defenseman Jayson Crawford at 34.

The Black Wolves open the season January 2nd, hosting the Buffalo Bandits at 7 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.blackwolves.com or call 844.LAX.WOLF (529.9653). Deposits are currently being taken for season tickets, groups and mini-plans.


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