Mammoth Announces Retirement of Brian Langtry
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DENVER – The Colorado Mammoth announced Tuesday that forward Brian Langtry has retired from the National Lacrosse League following a decorated and illustrious playing career. The team, which has designated Opening Night 2012 as "Brian Langtry Night", will retire his No. 6 jersey and hang it from the Pepsi Center rafters that evening, Saturday, Jan. 14.
"Brian exemplifies what the Colorado Mammoth is all about," said team President and General Manager Steve Govett. "Grit, determination, heart and desire were staples of Brian's game. Every time he put on the Mammoth jersey, he always had a knack for scoring the timely goal, creating a big hit, or getting a key loose ball. I speak for the entire organization when I tell you he will be missed tremendously."
The NLL Rookie of the Year in the franchise's first season in Colorado in 2003, Langtry exploded onto the local lacrosse scene with 28 goals, 34 assists and 107 loose balls. In 2006, the Massapequa, N.Y. native followed up a 50-point regular season with 15 points (10 goals, 5 assists) in three playoff games en route to the Mammoth winning the Champion's Cup.
Langtry's personal accolades include single-game career-highs in goals (9) and points (13) in a March 2008 game in Portland. The Hofstra alumnus reached the 500-career-point plateau on April 9, 2011 in a must-win road test against the Rush. His four-goal, two-assist night included a third-quarter assist to reach the milestone, followed by two goals of his own later in the period to put away Edmonton in the 13-6 Colorado victory.
In May 2011, Langtry wore the red, white and blue for Team USA at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships and took home a bronze medal. Known for his hustle and humor as much as his lacrosse ability, Langtry stole the hearts of local sports enthusiasts and left a lasting impression on anyone who ever saw him play.
""Brian was the most intense lacrosse player I've ever played with," said Mammoth transition player Nick Carlson, a teammate of Langtry's since 2004. "It's sad to see him go; he's going to be missed. I don't think anyone can really take his place in terms of what he's done for the community, done for the Mammoth, and done for Americans playing the indoor game."
Widely regarded as one of the greatest U.S.-born athletes to ever play box lacrosse, Langtry will join lacrosse legend Gary Gait as the only players to have their jersey numbers retired by the Mammoth.
"What an honor," said Langtry. "Gary was the reason I went to Syracuse lacrosse camp as a kid, and I have so much respect for him. Being remembered with him is something to hang my hat on."
The team said it plans to keep Langtry involved in the organization in some capacity.
Swarm Re-Sign Andrew Suitor
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- In other NLL news Tuesday, the Minnesota Swarm re-signed T Andrew Suitor to a three-year contract. The contract is currently pending league approval.
Suitor, 22, recorded 10 points (5g, 5a) and collected a team-high 108 loose balls in 13 games during his rookie season with Minnesota in 2011. The Orangeville, Ontario native was named to the 2011 All-Rookie Team along with teammate T Tyler Hass and also earned NLL Rookie of the Week honors in Week 13 after tallying a team-high four goals in a 13-8 victory against Calgary.
Minnesota acquired the 5-foot-11, 190-pound transition specialist with the fourth overall selection in the 2010 NLL Entry Draft.
"We believe strongly enough in Andrew that we are looking at him to lead the Swarm defensively over the next three seasons," Associate General Manager Joe Sullivan said. "He's brings everything to the table -- he's a complete player. We've seen how physical he can be, we've seen him score four-goals in a game offensively, and we've seen what he can do on faceoffs. More importantly, we've seen what he's like on and off the floor and in the locker room. He's a young guy that's going to be a leader and he's ready for that challenge. We couldn't be more excited about him signing for three seasons and helping us make a run for the Champions Cup."