Players return to Langley to play for Stealth

The Vancouver Stealth’s roster for 2015 is starting to take shape.

Langley’s pro lacrosse team has re-signed 10-year veteran defenceman Curtis Hodgson, transition player Justin Salt, and goaltender Neil Tyacke for the ucoming season. They were the first signings for the 2015 campaign.

Hodgson is entering his 11th season, all with Stealth, while Salt and Tyacke are both starting their fourth National Lacrosse League seasons.

Salt has played all three years of his career with the Stealth, while Tyacke has spent the last two seasons with the organization after starting his NLL career with the Colorado Mammoth.

For Hodgson, it’s another year of NLL lacrosse close to home and where his career began. He grew up playing lacrosse in Burnaby, where he won two Minto Cups with the Burnaby Jr. A Lakers, in 2000 and 2002.

Last season Hodgson appeared in all 18 games for the Stealth, collecting 57 loose balls and 18 forced turnovers. He was originally drafted by the Vancouver Ravens in 2004 and since then has become an integral part of the Stealth.

“Curtis has been an iron man with the Stealth having played in 161 of 162 games and all 14 playoff games since coming to the organization in 2005,” said Stealth president and general manager Doug Locker. “A consummate leader in the room and on the floor, he brings a steady veteran presence to our defense and is a very important part of our team.”

Salt has continued to improve with each year he has played with the Stealth. In the 2014 season Salt accumulated career highs in points (10), assists (7), loose balls (63), forced turnovers (9), and games played (16).

The Stealth expect Salt to take big strides again next season.

“Justin is coming off a very solid season and brings tremendous versatility to our lineup,” Locker said. “He is an exceptionally hard worker and a player that can play a variety of important roles for us either on the offensive or defensive ends of the floor.”

Goaltender Neil Tyacke adds depth between the pipes. For two years, he has been on the Stealth practice roster, playing in three games.

The Stealth’s 2015 season gets underway in January at the Langley Events Centre. Season tickets are available now starting at $99.


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