CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Roughnecks Lacrosse Club today announced the team has signed six 2015 draft picks, free-agent defenceman Mitch Banister and free-agent forward Jason Jones to one-year contracts.
Banister, 25, spent his entire junior career with the Okotoks Junior A Raiders of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League. The local product was originally selected by the Edmonton Rush in the fourth round, 35th overall, in the 2012 NLL Draft. He recorded one assist and one loose ball in his NLL debut with Edmonton on April 12, 2014. This summer, Banister played in his fourth WLA season with the Maple Ridge Burrards.
Jones, a native of North Delta, British Columbia, recently completed his third season with the WLA’s Burnaby Lakers where he finished second in team scoring with 57 points (19 goals, 38 assists) over 17 games. The 27-year-old forward has appeared in 81 career games over seven seasons with both the Lakers and Coquitlam Adanacs, recording 100 goals and 130 assists for 230 points during that span.
The six signed draft picks include: three defenceman, two forwards and one local product in 21-year-old goaltender Jordan Kancsal, selected 44th overall. Kancsal recently completed his final junior season with the RMLL’s Calgary Junior A Mountaineers.
Calgary Roughnecks 2015 Signed Draft Picks
Rnd O/A Player POS HT WT Hometown YOB Team (2015)
2 13 Mitch de Snoo D/T 6’1” 225 Oshawa, ON 1992 Oakville Rock (MSL) and Drexel University
3 24 Tyson Bell D 6’2” 200 St. Catharines, ON 1994 St. Catharines Athletics (OLA Jr. A) and Onondaga Community College
3 25 Kellen LeClair D 6’4” 220 Windsor, ON 1995 Six Nations Arrows (OLA Jr. A)
4 35 Jacob Ruest F 5’10” 175 Cornwall, ON 1992 Langley Thunder (WLA) and
Robert Morris University
5 44 Jordan Kancsal G 6’1” 190 Calgary, AB 1994 Calgary Mountaineers (RMLL)
6 51 Carson Barton F 5’11” 175 Edmonton, AB 1991 Coquitlam Adanacs (WLA)