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For the first time since Ken Montour and Mike Thompson in the late aughts, the Buffalo Bandits have a goalie battle. Last year's starter, Anthony Cosmo, announced his retirement earlier this month after six years manning the pipes for Buffalo. With him transitioning to an assistant coach, the Bandits have brought in three players to training camp to compete for the job:…

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Three Bandits home games and one road game will be available to watch for free through Twitter as part of the National Lacrosse League's Game of the Week series. The Bandits will be highlighted in the first week of the season, as the opener against Toronto on Jan. 8 kicks off the Twitter slate. Also on the schedule is Jan. 6 vs. Calgary, Jan. 19 at Saskatchewan and Apr.…

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After an off-season of revamping, the Buffalo Bandits opened their training camp this weekend looking to move past a last place finish in the National Lacrosse League last season. The regular season is less than a month away, but there are decisions to be made before the Bandits start their 27th season of play. Here are five things you need to know as the Bandits kick o…

The Buffalo Bandits  have signed forward Jordan Durston to a two-year deal. The National Lacrosse League team also announced the signing of transition player Alex Bohl. and defenseman Charles Scanlan to one-year contracts. Durston played the last two seasons with the Vancouver Stealth, setting career highs in goals (25) and points (43) last season. He was fourth on the S…

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The Buffalo Bandits announced today that training camp for the upcoming season will commence on Nov. 11 at KeyBank Center. Camp will include six practices and three scrimmages , with the annual open practice and autograph session scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 25. The Bandits will conduct a closed intrasquad scrimmage on Nov. 12 and follow up the next weekend with scrimmage…

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The Buffalo Bandits locked up a goalie competing for their starting job, signing Alex Buque to a one-year deal. Buque, a three-year NLL veteran, was acquired from the Colorado Mammoth in August along with Callum Crawford in exchange for Ryan Benesch and a conditional third-round pick in the 2018 draft. He's spent his entire National Lacrosse League career with the Mammo…

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Five Buffalo Bandits will suit up Saturday in the Heritage Cup, an exhibition game between the U.S. and Canadian national teams at the FirstOntario Center in Hamilton, Ontario. The Canadian roster features Dhane Smith and Steve Priolo, while the U.S. team includes Tim Edwards, Blaze Riorden and Donny Moss. Former Bandits Joe Resetarits (Hamburg), Ryan Benesch and Billy …

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Two players from last year's roster are returning to the Bandits, as Buffalo signed forward Mitch Jones and transition player Tim Edwards to one-year deals. Jones is expected to have a large role in the offensive unit after an enormous summer in the Western Lacrosse Association. He finished fourth in the league in scoring with 62 points in 17 games and led the league in…

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The Bandits locked up their first-overall pick, signing forward Josh Byrne to a one-year deal Thursday. Byrne, a 6-foot-3 lefty, notched 16 points in four regular season games and 19 points in six playoff games with the Burnaby Lakers of the Western Lacrosse Association this summer. The Hofstra graduate played field lacrosse professionally as well this summer, scoring …

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Mike McNamara is back with the Bandits after four years away from the franchise. The 27-year-old defenseman was one of three to sign with Buffalo Friday afternoon. McNamara played in 13 games with the Bandits from 2012 to 2013, totaling three assists. He's made 43 career appearances in the NLL between Buffalo, Colorado and New England, notching one goal, 13 points and 1…

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The Bandits locked up two of their selections from this year's draft, signing forward Chase Fraser and defenseman Connor Laird to one-year contracts. Fraser, a second-round pick, dominated in the western loop of Canadian summer box lacrosse. He was named the Western Lacrosse Association's Rookie of the Year after scoring 30 goals and 52 points for the Nanaimo Timbermen.…

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Forward Chase Fraser and defenseman Connor Laird have agreed to one-year contract with the Buffalo Bandits, the team announced today. Fraser joins the franchise out of Neumann University, for whom he had 66 goals and 79 points last season. He was subsequently named rookie of the year in the Western Lacrosse Association after accumulating 30 goals and 52 points with the …

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The Buffalo Bandits signed four players to one-year contracts, including defenseman Ethan Schott, a second-round pick in the 2017 National Lacrosse League draft. Forward Zach Tomkinson and defensemen Justin Pychel and John Rae are the other signings, the club announced. Tomkinson rejoins the Bandits after spending time on their practice squad last season. Pychel spent t…

Zed Williams, the 2013 Borrelli Award winner as the outstanding scholastic player in Western New York, was the fourth player selected Monday in the National Lacrosse League draft in Toronto. The NLL champion Georgia Swarm made the former Silver Creek standout and national career goals record holder their first round pick. Later in the draft the Swarm went for another f…

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OAKVILLE, ONT. — Josh Byrne was slotted to go to the Bandits in nearly every mock draft going back months. That didn’t mean his nerves were gone, and for good reason. Buffalo nearly threw an enormous curveball. Buffalo GM Steve Dietrich said the Bandits had two sheets of paper to send to the NLL table, one with Byrne’s name on it and the other with transition play…