Knighthawks Deal For Veteran Chris Driscoll

Driscoll to make his 2010 Rochester debut tonight against Boston

(Rochester, NY)… Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres announced today that the team has acquired veteran transition man Chris Driscoll from the Buffalo Bandits. In return, Rochester sends Buffalo its second-round pick (22nd overall) in the 2010 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft and a second-round pick in the 2012 draft. The Knighthawks have also released practice squad player Brandon Turner.

“We lost our best loose ball guy and one of our fastest transition players in Bobby McBride,” said Styres. “We are lucky enough that Driscoll can fill that role. He is in excellent shape, athletic and is a smart player. When he gets a scoring chance he is going to look to bury it.”

Driscoll, 38, had two goals, three assists and 10 loose balls in four games with the Bandits this season. The Fergus, Ontario, native arrived in Buffalo on July 31, 2009, from Toronto in a deal that sent defenseman Phil Sanderson to the Rock.

Driscoll is in his 18th season in the National Lacrosse League and makes his second stop in Rochester. In his professional career, he has notched 235 goals, 365 assists and 959 loose balls in 207 games. He has won three championships along the way: 1997, 2003 and 2005.

He began his career with the Detroit Turbos in 1993 before heading to Rochester, where he played in 42 games in four seasons. He collected 72 goals and 108 assists as a Knighthawk and helped the franchise win its first title in 1997.

During the 1999 season, he was traded to the Buffalo Bandits. Driscoll played the rest of that season plus two more in Buffalo, before being traded to the New York Saints in a seven-player deal. Driscoll played parts of two seasons with the Saints before being traded to the Toronto Rock for defenseman Scott Stapleford and three draft picks. He spent parts of seven seasons with the Rock, which was his longest stint with any team. In November 2008, he was named captain of the Rock, replacing the retired Jim Veltman. Driscoll became only the second team captain in Rock history.

He was given the NLL Sportsmanship Award in 2003, and won an NLL championship with the Rock in 2005. In the Major Series, he has won two Mann Cups: 1998 and 2002 with the Brampton Excelsiors.

Rochester hits the road for a 7:30 p.m. contest tonight against the Boston Blazers. The game will be broadcast live on The Zone 94.1 FM and thezone941.com.

— 
Craig Rybczynski (454-5335 ext. 3008), Vice President of Communications
Warren Kosel (454-5335 ext. 3025), Communications Coordinator

Rochester Knighthawks Lacrosse Club
Blue Cross Arena at Rochester War Memorial
One War Memorial Square
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: (585) 454-5335
Fax: (585) 454-3954
www.knighthawks.net
Est. 1995 

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