Washington Stealth Signs Free Agent Forward Dean Hill
from press release
EVERETT, Wash. – The Washington Stealth announced today the signing of free agent forward Dean Hill, pending approval by the National Lacrosse League. Hill has played for three teams throughout his seven-year NLL career, most recently a two-year stint with the Edmonton Rush in 2010 and 2011.
Hill, 27, appeared in 13 regular season games for the Rush in 2011 and tallied 22 points on ten goals and 12 assists. The left-handed forward recorded 29 points (18g, 11a) in eleven regular season games the previous year, along with seven points (5g, 2a) in a pair of playoff games. Hill was traded from the Rush to the Philadelphia Wings earlier this offseason and was later released into free agency. Hill has also played the last three summer seasons in Victoria, B.C., where Stealth General Manager Doug Locker has seen the potential of the 6-foot-3, 225-pound goal scorer.
"Dean is an intelligent player with great size and great hands," said Locker. "He brings a lot of experience to training camp and is a guy that's proved he'll do whatever it takes to make his team better. We've been impressed with his play over the summer and he will definitely battle for a spot on our roster for the 2012 season."
Hill was originally drafted by the Minnesota Swarm in the 2005 NLL Entry Draft. In 54 career regular season games, he has amassed 79 goals and 67 assists for 146 points. Hill had a career year with the Swarm in 2007, when he finished with 32 goals, 21 assists and 53 points, all career-highs. Hill is also a two-time silver medalist (2007, 2011) with the Iroquois Nationals at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
Hill will join the rest of the Stealth at training camp, which begins in December. The Stealth's 2012 campaign gets underway on January 14, when the team plays host to the Calgary Roughnecks at the Comcast Arena at Everett.