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Jax Re-Sign David Morgan; Add Three Others

October 30, 2008 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Portland Lumberjax News Release

PORTLAND, October 30, 2008 - The Portland LumberJax have re-signed the tallest player in the National Lacrosse League and the tallest to ever dress for a game, 6'10" defenseman David Morgan to a one-year contract, Head Coach/General Manager Derek Keenan announced today. The team also signed forward Kevin Hanson, defenseman Sam Cook and goalie Jeremy Ogden to one-year deals.

The former University of Nevada-Reno standout basketball player appeared in four games for Portland last season, adding one assist and collecting three loose balls.

"With Dave's size, he gives the Jax a tremendous physical presence," said Keenan. "He has worked extremely hard at refining his lacrosse skills and is now ready to take the next step of being a regular in our line-up."

Hanson last appeared in the NLL in 2002, when he scored seven goals and added six assists in six games of action for the Vancouver Ravens. The Coquitlam, British Columbia native also plays for the Burnaby Lakers in the Western Lacrosse Association. Hanson scored 14 goals and added 26 assists in 11 regular season games for the Lakers. In seven postseason games, Hanson scored six goals and added 10 assists.

"Kevin is another of the three or four guys we're having in camp to battle for a spot on the right side of our offense," said Keenan. "He's got good size and is really athletic."

Cook also last appeared in the NLL in 2002, tallying three assists in nine games of action for the Ottawa Rebel. Cook also plays for the Maple Ridge Burrards of the WLA. In 16 games of action this season for the Burrards, Cook scored four goals, added an assist and spent eight minutes in the penalty box.

"We're looking at Sam as a player who may be able to provide some depth out the backdoor for us," said Keenan. "He does have some NLL experience, but since that time he's improved his game a great deal by playing in the WLA. He's super fit and we'll give him a real good luck."

A graduate of Colorado State University, Ogden played for Team USA at the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.

"It's never been easy for an American goalie to make the transition to the indoor game, but he's worked real hard at it and he may very well end up being the next American goalie in the NLL," said Keenan.

Also, Portland released transition player Scott Stapleford. In 11 games of action last season, Stapleford scored three goals and added four assists while collecting 32 loose balls.

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