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Knighthawks Acquire Four in Dispersal Draft

December 12, 2008 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Rochester Knighthawks News Release

(Rochester, NY)... The Rochester Knighthawks acquired four players today in the National Lacrosse League Dispersal Draft of Chicago Shamrox players. Rochester selected defenseman Mike Kirk with the fourth overall pick, but then sent him to San Jose for the Stealth's first-round pick in the 2010 NLL Entry Draft.

Rochester then added transition man Bobby McBride with the 16th overall selection and completed the draft with three more selections: Craig Robertson, Pat Saunders and Brock Boyle.

McBride completed his rookie season in the NLL in 2008 and collected eight goals, 13 assists and 73 loose balls in 13 games with the Shamrox. He has played in the Ontario Lacrosse Major Series with teams in Brampton and Brooklin. This summer with Brooklin, he netted 12 goals and added five assists in nine games.

Robertson was taken in the third round (24th overall). The goalie played for the OLA Senior "B" Norwood Nitro in 2008. In 2007, he was named the Top Junior "A" Goalie in the British Columbia Lacrosse Association (BCLA). He was also a First Team All-Star as a member of the New Westminster Salmonbellies. He originally signed with the Colorado Mammoth in 2007 before signing with Chicago in 2008.

Rochester took Pat Saunders in the fourth round (25th overall). He was originally selected in the sixth round (76th overall) of the 2008 NLL Entry Draft by Chicago. The forward played for the OLA Junior "B" Halton Hills Bulldogs in 2008 and played for the Junior "B" Ontario Championships. This summer, he led Junior "B" lacrosse with 102 points (57+45) in just 19 games.

The Knighthawks used their last selection (26th overall) to acquire Brock Boyle. The veteran enters his sixth season in the NLL in 2009. The defenseman recorded five assists and 31 loose balls last season in Chicago. In his NLL career, he scored 30 goals and added 26 assists in 51 games with teams in Chicago, Minnesota and Albany.

The Knighthawks will open the season at home on Saturday, January 10th against the rival Philadelphia Wings at 8:05 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena.

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