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Rochester Knighthawks Re-Sign Drew Bucktooth To Two-Year Deal

September 5, 2008 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Rochester Knighthawks News Release

(Rochester, NY)... Rochester Knighthawks General Manager Regy Thorpe announced today that the team has re-signed forward Drew Bucktooth to a two-year deal and signed forward Jason Henhawk to a three-year contract.

"We are excited to sign Drew as a free agent. We feel Drew can add some size and toughness to both our front and back door. He has a great stick and we feel he can come into camp and compete at a high level that we are looking to get from him. He got his feet wet last year and we feel confident he can take the next step in this league," said Thorpe.

"Jason brings his size and scoring touch to our left side of the offensive zone. We feel given a right opportunity he can be a very good offensive threat and will complement our other scoring. We need that five, six and seven scoring that we didn't have a year ago to add balance to our offense. Jason is ready to roll," added Thorpe.

Bucktooth enters his second season with the Knighthawks in 2009 after signing with the team as a free agent last January and serving as a member of the practice squad. He played most of the 2008 season with the Senior "B" Onondaga Redhawks of the Can-Am league, where he notched 30 points (13+17) and 26 PIM in 14 games.

Prior to turning pro, the 6-0, 215-pound forward played Junior "A" ball with the Akwesasne Indians of the Ontario Lacrosse Association. In two seasons (2004-2005) with the Indians, the Syracuse native tallied 29 points (14+15) in 19 games.

The 27-year-old right-hander also played four seasons (1999-2002) with the Onondaga Warriors. In 2002, he was second in Junior "B" lacrosse with 55 goals and 43 assists in 91 games with Onondaga. His team took first place in the 2000 Canadian Box Lacrosse Championships as he was named to the All-Tournament team, finishing second on Onondaga in points with 69 points (35+34) in 17 games.

In high school, Bucktooth posted career bests in points (146), goals (87) and assists (59) in his senior year. A three-time captain, Bucktooth was selected to the 1996 and 1997 Under-19-All-World Team as an attackman and was also a 1997 All-American selection.

Henhawk, 28, enters his sixth season in the National Lacrosse League in 2009 after having last played in the league during the 2006 season as a member of the Toronto Rock. In nine career NLL games with Buffalo, Columbus, Montreal, Albany and Toronto, the 6-0, 215-pound forward scored seven goals and added five assists for 12 points. He recorded his best offensive season in just his first year in the league with the Buffalo Bandits in 1998, collecting four goals and one assist.

This summer, the Niagara Falls, Ontario, native split the season between the OLA's Senior "B" Mohawk Stars and Senior "A" Six Nations Chiefs. With the Stars, Henhawk finished first on the team and tied for sixth in the league with 38 points (29+9). His 29 goals were also a league and team best. In addition, he was the recipient of the Harold James Award for his dedication and commitment to the game of lacrosse. He finished the 2008 season with Six Nations, capturing 19 points (10+9) in 12 appearances.

Henhawk played his Junior "A" lacrosse with the Six Nations Arrows and was honored with the Jack Bionda Memorial Award as the Junior "A" All-Star Game MVP.


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