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Black Wolves Trade Saunders

February 28, 2017 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - New England Black Wolves News Release

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - The New England Black Wolves have traded forward Pat Saunders to the Buffalo Bandits in exchange for a second round pick in the 2017 NLL Entry Draft.

"We would like to thank Pat Saunders for all he did for this organization, not just in New England but in Philadelphia," Black Wolves general manager Rich Lisk said. "Pat is a huge success story and a story in perseverance. Pat was drafted in the 6th round in the 2008 draft, but didn't become a regular player until we signed him out of a free agent camp we had in Philadelphia in 2014. He went on to become a big part of our success here in New England. We wish Pat nothing but continued success in the NLL."

Saunders saw action in eight games for the Black Wolves this season, picking up 25 points on 10 goals and 15 assists. Selected in the sixth round, 76th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft by the Rochester Knighthawks, Saunders joined the franchise in Philadelphia in 2012. He had a career year in 2016 with 76 points on 44 goals and 32 assists.

"This deal is more complex than just the second round pick we received from Buffalo," Lisk explained. "We needed to take into consideration the make-up of our team, a push for the playoffs, and building for the future. Adding Daryl Veltman, a veteran presence with an extremely high lacrosse IQ, helps us down the stretch and having a couple of picks in the 2017 draft will help set the foundation for future years. It has always been our goal to rebuild our picks to help with the longevity of the team."

A variety of packages, including mini plans and daily deals, are on sale now for all Black Wolves games. Tickets start as low as $15 and can be purchased by visiting blackwolves.com or calling 844-LAX-WOLF.

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