November 26, 2013

Edmonton Signs Dilks to Four Year Deal

from Press Release

Edmonton, AB---Edmonton Rush General Manager/Head Coach Derek Keenan announced today that the club has re-signed three key veterans including restricted free-agent defenseman Ryan Dilks who had been signed to an offer sheet from the Buffalo Bandits.

The Rush had a 72-hour window to match the offer made to Dilks by the Bandits, and the team chose to waste little time in matching a four-year deal to the Hamilton, Ontario, product. Dilks has played the last two seasons in Edmonton and in 2013 collected 10 points including one shorthanded goal, 59 loose balls and 13 forced turnovers.

The Rush also agreed to terms on new two-year deals for goaltender Aaron Bold and hard-shooting forward Zack Greer.

"We are very pleased to have Ryan returning to us as he is blossoming into one of our best defensemen – as evidenced by another team trying to bring him into their mix," said Keenan.

"It's very important that we retain the talent we've developed and continue to build around the core group which Ryan is certainly a part of.

"I'm also extremely happy to have both Aaron and Zack under new multi-year deals. Aaron can definitely be a standout goalie in this league, and Zack is the kind of shooter that every team covets – someone who can turn the game around in an instant with his type of shot."

Bold had a strong 2013 campaign for the Rush, finishing the season with an 8-5 record, tying him for third amongst NLL goaltenders in wins along with a career-high in victories. The Victoria, B.C., native also managed a stellar 10.56 goals-against average – good enough for second in the league – to go with 439 saves and a .744 save-percentage. Bold, a 2012 NLL All-Star, has totaled 108 career regular-season game with a 10.90 goals-against average and .763 career save-percentage.

Greer has become one of the NLL's pre-eminent sharpshooters and one of the Rush's top contributors on the offensive attack. Hailing from Whitby, Ontario, Greer finished last season tied for second on the Rush with 28 goals including a team-leading seven power-play markers. Greer ended 2013 tied for second in the league with four game-winning goals, and placed fourth on the Rush with 53 points. Heading into his fifth NLL campaign, Greer has racked up 83 goals and 148 points through 54 regular-season games.

2014 Rush Training Camp
Thursday, November 28 to Sunday, December 1

Thursday, November 28
10:00am - 12:00pm Leduc Recreation Centre – Open to the Public
2:30pm - 4:30pm Leduc Recreation Centre – Open to the Public

Friday, November 29
9:30am - 11:00pm Rexall Place Practice
7:30pm -10:00 pm Inter-squad Scrimmage @ Rexall Place - Open to the Public, doors open: 6:30 pm – Fans are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for Edmonton's Food Bank

Saturday, November 30
11:00am - 1:00pm Rexall Place Practice
3:00pm - 5:00pm Rexall Place Practice

Sunday, December 1
1:00pm - 3:00pm Leduc Recreation Centre – Open to the Public


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