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Bandits notebook: Class act

A quick point here to wrap up Saturday's Bandits' game with the Toronto Rock:

The media isn't allowed into the locker rooms after Bandits' games. We request players to come out into the hallway for interviews; most times they do, some times they don't.

Saturday night, coach Darris Kilgour addressed the reporters, followed by Anthony Cosmo and Chris White. Then out came Tracey Kelusky.

It was Kelusky who was in the crease at the end of the game Saturday, thus wiping out the tying goal by John Tavares. It capped what was a frustrating night and season for the future National Lacrosse League Hall of Famer.

Kelusky has rarely displayed in Buffalo the form he showed while playing for many years in Calgary. His scoring has been down here, and he has gone public in expressing his disappointment with his play. Then on Saturday, after scoring the first goal of the game, Kelusky had a variety of good chances to score and couldn't get any of them to go in. Kelusky finished with 12 shots for the game.

In the interview session, Kelusky said he got bumped into the crease and took the blame for the negated goal. I asked him about the fact that he had a great night in creating chances in the game, and wondered if he'd be staring at the ceiling at bedtime. He said he would indeed be pounding his pillow. Kelusky answered all the questions asked of him, and headed back to the locker room.

I don't know what the future holds for Kelusky. He has a history of concussions, including one taken a few weeks ago here. The Bandits are likely to have plenty of changes after a disappointing season. And he is 36 years old, turning 37 in the fall.

If this is it for Kelusky in Buffalo, our last image of him will be a memorable one. He took responsibility for his actions, and acted like a true professional. There's a lot to be said for that.

--- Budd Bailey

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