January 26, 2011

Vinc the Latest Canadian Addition

from press release

Rochester Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc was named to the Team Canada roster for the 2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Vinc is the second Knighthawk named to Team Canada, as he will join Jordan Hall for the tournament held in Prague from May 21-28.

Vinc was selected to the team along with defenseman Kyle Rubisch and transition star Mark Steenhuis. It will be the first indoor world championships for the 2010 National Lacrosse League Goaltender of the Year.

"Anytime you can put on the national team jersey it's quite an honor," said Vinc. "I am really excited to play net alongside Anthony Cosmo. I might be one of the only players ever to play two different positions for the national team."

Vinc, 28, played long-pole defense for Team Canada's field teams at the 2006 and 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. He helped the Canadians to gold the first year and silver this past summer in Manchester, England.

Vinc is in his sixth season in the National Lacrosse League and first with Rochester after being acquired in a blockbuster trade that sent John Grant Jr. to Colorado. He is currently 2-1 with a 10.45 goals-against average and a .794 save percentage. Last season, he became the first goalie in league history to post back-to-back 600-save seasons. The Hamilton, Ontario, native is a two-time NLL All-Pro, winning First Team honors in 2010 and Second Team status in 2008. Team Canada General Manager Johnny Mouradian knows the value of having Vinc on his team.

"Everybody knows what Matt Vinc brings to Team Canada," said Mouradian. "With Anthony Cosmo, Matt Vinc and a third player to be announced, we will have the best goaltending in the world."

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