CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Roughnecks today announced Mike Carnegie has been named captain for the franchise’s 15th anniversary season. Joining Carnegie on the 2016 leadership team is Dane Dobbie, returning as alternate captain for the third consecutive season, and newly appointed alternate captains Greg Harnett, Karsen Leung and Dan MacRae. The alternate captain duties will see Dobbie and Leung wear an ‘A’ at home with Harnett and MacRae both wearing an ‘A’ when on the road.
“We are very excited to announce Mike as captain,” said Roughnecks head coach and assistant general manager Curt Malawsky. “Mike is a very dedicated, hardworking and committed athlete both on and off the floor. His exceptional character has earned the respect of his teammates, the coaching staff and organization. This is a great honour and we are very proud to welcome Mike to the exclusive class of Roughnecks captains, a group of extraordinary individuals that have left a legacy in our lacrosse family and the community.”
Carnegie, a nine-year NLL veteran from London, Ontario, has spent his entire playing career with the Roughnecks after joining the club as free agent for the 2008 season. The 31-year-old defender, who wore an ‘A’ from 2011-15, has recorded 55 points (18 goals, 37 assists) and 489 loose balls in 125 regular season games and was a member of the 2009 championship team. Off the floor, Carnegie continues his work with Partners Relief and Development Canada through the Mike Carnegie Burma Campaign, a program that provides crisis relief, education, healthcare and sustainability to people, especially children, affected by conflict in Burma. The campaign, established in 2011, has directed over $90,000 in humanitarian aid to those in need.
Carnegie will wear the ‘C’ for the first time when the Roughnecks host the Vancouver Stealth in a pre-season game tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2:00 p.m. as part of the Roughnecks Holiday Party Showcase at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
“This year’s leadership group has a little of everything from the old school warrior mentality to impeccable work ethic and championship pedigree,” continued Malawsky. “We strongly believe this group will uphold the standards and culture the Roughnecks organization is known for.”
Dobbie, a native of Elora, Ontario, finished the 2015 regular season in the top-3 in team scoring with 36 goals and 31 assists for 67 points. The 29-year-old forward, who is entering his ninth NLL season, has spent his entire playing career with the Roughnecks. Selected by Calgary in the first round, fourth overall, in the 2007 NLL Draft, Dobbie has recorded 517 career points, including 270 goals, and collected 339 loose balls in 112 games.
Leung, named one of three finalists for the 2015 NLL Transition Player of the Year award, finished his sophomore season with 35 points (11 goals, 24 assists) and 79 loose balls. Calgary selected the 25-year-old Victoria, British Columbia, native in the second round, 10th overall, in 2013. He finished his 2014 debut season sixth in rookie scoring with 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) and was named to the NLL All-Rookie Team.
Harnett, a native of Orangeville, Ontario, has recorded 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) and 156 loose balls over the past four seasons with Calgary. The Roughnecks selected the 25-year-old defenceman in the second round, 11th overall, in the 2011 NLL Draft.
MacRae, now in his sixth NLL season, has spent his entire playing career with the Roughnecks. The Oakville, Ontario, native has appeared in 73 career games, recording 45 points (11 goals, 34 assists), 82 caused turnovers and 316 loose balls during that span. The 27-year-old defender was selected by the Roughnecks in the first round, sixth overall, in 2010.
The Roughnecks Holiday Party Showcase opens tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. with Select-a-Seat, providing fans with an opportunity to view the best available seat locations, receive a complimentary photo with Santa and enter to win prizes including a team-signed Roughnecks jersey. The showcase continues at 2:00 p.m. with the Roughnecks-Stealth exhibition matchup. Fans attending are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for KiSS 95.9’s Toy Angels in support of the Salvation Army’s Family Assistance Christmas Program. All toys collected through this initiative will be donated to deserving families over the holiday season. Tickets to the Roughnecks Holiday Party Showcase are available at Ticketmaster and the Scotiabank Saddledome box office for only $10 (plus applicable fees).
Calgary opens the 2016 NLL regular season at home against the defending champion Saskatchewan Rush (formerly Edmonton) on Saturday, Jan. 2, at 7:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Roughnecks tailgate party returns for all home games, giving fans the opportunity to Come for the Party & Stay for the Game as Dutton’s Lounge and the Chrysler Club open two hours before faceoff and remain open following the game.
Roughnecks season tickets, starting at $268 for a reserved seat at nine weekend games, are now on sale along with single game tickets for as low as $38 for adults and $21 for children (plus applicable fees). For more ticket information, group pricing options and details on the exclusive privileges offered to Roughnecks season seat holders, click here or contact customer service at 403-777-4646.