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Roughnecks Take Goalie Out Of Mix

December 5, 2008 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Calgary Roughnecks News Release

CALGARY, AB- The Calgary Roughnecks announced today that goaltender Ryan Avery has been released from training camp duties, leaving 12 defencemen, 12 forwards, four transitional players and three goalies.

"Cutting Ryan is a huge loss to the organization, but unfortunately it's a numbers game with the number of goalies we had coming to camp," said Brad Banister, Calgary Roughnecks' President and General Manager.

"He's graduating from the Calgary Police Academy here in the next few weeks, so he'll get the opportunity to concentrate more on that now."

According to Banister, Avery is a stand-up player who has always taken it upon himself to help out with community initiatives.

"We want to thank Ryan for all his hard work, especially when it comes to his involvement in the community," added Banister.

The Calgary Roughnecks enter their third week of training camp this Saturday, December 6 at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre in Cochrane, AB.

The Roughnecks will continue to hold weekend training camp sessions during December and the beginning of January in preparation for the 2009 season.

Thirty-one players will report to training camp, with each competing for a spot on the Roughnecks squad.

All training camp sessions are free and open to the public.

The Roughnecks and Edmonton Rush will meet on Saturday, December 13 for a pre-season Battle of Alberta at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are on sale through TicketMaster.

The Roughnecks open their season in San Jose on January 9th and host their home opener at the Pengrowth Saddledome on January 10th against provincial rivals, the Edmonton Rush.

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