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New Jersey Storm re-sign Gordon Purdie

September 24, 2002 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - New Jersey Storm News Release

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - New Jersey Storm Pro Lacrosse today signed free-agent defenseman Gordon Purdie to a one-year contract with the club for the 2002-2003 season.

Purdie, who hails from Melbourne, Australia, will enter his 12th season of professional indoor lacrosse and second year with the Storm after ten previous campaigns with the New York Saints. Only Kevin Finneran of the Philadelphia Wings, who is entering his 13th season, has a longer current tenure.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to compete for the Storm once again this season,” Purdie said. “The team showed much improvement in our last six games (4-2 record) and I think we can be a true force in the National Lacrosse League in 2003.” Along with the rest of his defensive mates, Purdie will look to help improve upon the league’s fifth-best penalty-killing unit (50.5 %).

“Gordon has brought a fire to our defense that is contagious,” Storm General Manager/Head Coach Jim Brady said. “Teammates pick up their efforts watching the way he pours all his drive into going after the ball.”

The New Jersey Storm recently completed a successful inaugural season at the Continental Airlines Arena, in which the team averaged nearly 6,000 fans per contest. The 2002-2003 National Lacrosse League season begins in late December. The Storm open at home on Saturday, January 4 vs. the Columbus Landsharks at 7:30 p.m. Storm Season Ticket plans are on sale now. For more information regarding the New Jersey Storm call 1-866-NJ STORM or log on to

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