Tyson Roe has signed on with the Vancouver Stealth for the 2017 National Lacrosse League season.
Roe had previously been property of the Calgary Roughnecks, who picked him 16th overall in the 2014 NLL draft, but didn’t make it into a regular-season game. Now the six-foot-10, 250-pound defender and transition player has another chance to stick in the pro ranks.
“I’m super excited to get the chance to play in the NLL,” said Roe, who will be 24 when the NLL schedule begins in January. “I have a really good chance of making the roster this year. I’ve been talking a lot with Doug Locker, the GM, and we’re both really happy that I’ll be in Vancouver this year.”
Roe’s coach with the Western Lacrosse Association’s Nanaimo Timbermen this summer was Kaleb Toth, who is also an assistant with the Stealth. Roe was one of only three players to play all 18 games for the Timbermen.
He compiled four goals and six assists over the season, as well as a team-high 50 penalty minutes. His offensive numbers improved from one goal and one assist over 12 games in 2015.
This past season was also Roe’s first year playing senior lacrosse alongside brother Jeremy, who had one assist and two penalty minutes in nine games as a WLA rookie.
Although the T-Men missed the WLA playoffs, Roe was pleased with the way things went on a personal level and for the team as a whole.
“Personally, I had a great season, the best I’ve played ever since coming to Nanaimo in my opinion,” he said. “As a team, it’s not where we want to be though. Our record of 4-14 doesn’t really show how much better we were this year than previous years; we lost a lot of one-goal games this year that if we won, we would be playing in playoffs right now.”