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The Buffalo Bandits started their rebuilding program after a disappointing 2013 season by completing a major trade with the Minnesota Swarm.The Bandits on Monday announced they had acquired star forward Ryan Benesch and transition player Andrew Watt from the Swarm. In return, Minnesota will receive Buffalo’s first-round draft choices in 2015 and 2016 and a third-round pi…

Canisius lacrosse coach Randy Mearns and former Buffalo Bandits goalie Bill Gerrie have been named for induction into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located in British Columbia.Mearns played his college lacrosse at Canisius after taking part in junior lacrosse in St. Catharines, where he won a Minto Cup in 1990. At the senior level, he won five straight Mann …

Steve Dietrich and Troy Cordingley go back for more than 10 years. When Dietrich played for the Buffalo Bandits, Cordingley served as an assistant coach for five of Dietrich’s six seasons here, from 2003-07. Dietrich played for head coach Cordingley as a member of the Toronto Rock in 2010. When Dietrich retired after that season, he became the goaltending coach of the Ro…

Monday marked the end of an era for the Buffalo Bandits. Darris Kilgour, an original Bandits player who served as the head coach of the team since 2003 and a National Lacrosse League Hall of Famer, was relieved of his duties. The team will begin a search for a replacement immediately. Scott Loffler, director of lacrosse operations, said that ideally the team would like to …

The Buffalo Bandits have signed defenseman Derek Suddons to a one-year contract.Suddons is an 11-year veteran who was with the Edmonton Rush last season. He also has played for Columbus and Toronto in his career. He had six goals and six assists in 2012, and played in the NLL All-Star Game in Buffalo.“Derek is a great defender, but he’s very underrated when it comes to…

The Buffalo Bandits continue to slowly turn over their roster in anticipation of the 2013 National Lacrosse League season. The latest players to depart are veterans Roger Vyse and Tom Montour. The moves come less than a week after the team released veteran defenseman Ian Llord. Vyse, a forward, has spent six seasons in a Bandits uniform since the team drafted him in the se…

The Buffalo Bandits will hold a free agent tryout camp on Nov. 10 at the First Niagara Center. The team will accept the first 44 approved applicants, including 40 runners and four goaltenders. The camp will also be attended by the Bandits 2012 NLL Entry Draft picks. For more information, contact GM Steve Dietrich at chuglax@hotmail.com or director of lacrosse operations S…