December 14, 2011

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Rubisch Making Name Known with Edmonton Rush

from press release

EDMONTON, Ab. -- The wait was worth it. That's how the Edmonton Rush felt when the club acquired rising star defender Kyle Rubisch with the second overall selection at the Dispersal Draft in September.

Rubisch, the 23-year-old from Brampton, Ont., has quickly become an elite rearguard in the National Lacrosse League and excelled at international play as well, with his style that includes a big-bodied D-man who can scoop loose balls and move the ball up in transition.

Despite the superstar talents around him in Boston with Dan Dawson, Casey Powell, Anthony Cosmo and Josh Sanderson, Edmonton chose to bolster its backend with the selection of Rubisch.

"It's definitely an honour to be selected early and have the team show a lot of interest," said Rubisch. "I'm just going to give my best and bring my game to the Rush and hopefully we can have success as a team."

The Rush couldn't pass on the six-foot-one, 215-pounder, who's coming off a stellar rookie 2011 campaign by scooping 143 loose balls and an NLL All-Rookie team choice.

"I think it's a combination of my size and speed. I'm quick enough to cover if I get in trouble and I'm also big enough to go one-on-one against some offensive guys and I also have the lacrosse smarts that put me in good positions to make the right choices," said Rubisch on his lax skillset.

His 2011 season included him earning a spot on the Canadian national team -- that grabbed gold at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Prague, Czech Republic, where he was named to the Tournament All-Star Team – and was teammates with current Rush players Brett Mydske and Chris Corbeil.

Rubisch and Corbeil also played summer ball together with the Brampton Excelsiors, who were crowned the 2011 Mann Cup champions for senior lacrosse supremacy by topping Mydske's Langley Thunder in the final.

And playing on the carpet for his hometown was a thrill for the Bramptonian, who grew up and played his junior and senior 'A' ball with the fabled Excelsiors

"When you're a little kid, you're always going to the games and watching the guys play. Then, later in junior, you're looking forward to play senior and getting the opportunity to play in the Mann Cup for your home team. And then coming out on top is a dream come true, for sure," said Rubisch, named the 2010 winner as the top amateur athlete that year in Brampton.

And, early into his tenure with Edmonton, the young defender is impressed with the Rush as the club prepares for the 2012 NLL season.

"It feels great," said Rubisch, the second overall selection in the 2010 NLL Entry Draft. "We're a talented young team and it's going to be a thrilling season.

"It's very exciting that we have this team, seeing that we have so much talent and promise, we can make a serious run at the West title.

"It's going to be an exciting defensive unit. We have a lot of speedy guys and young guys. We have leadership in Jimmy Quinlan and (Derek) Suddons, so it's a mixture of some experience and youth and I think we're going to come together and become a force."

Rubisch and the Rush wrap up the final segment of training camp December 16-17at the Leduc Recreation Centre, before the Edmonton opens regular season play Friday, Jan. 20 against divisional rival, the Colorado Mammoth at 7 p.m. at Rexall Place.


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