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The Buffalo Bandits won’t have much time to rest until their next start. It comes on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.On the other hand, they’ve got it better that the Wings do. Philadelphia plays tonight in Rochester, so it will play two games in less than 24 hours.The National Lacrosse League’s schedule went from 16 to 18 games this season. While the time frame for that …

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If the National Lacrosse League had an award for most improved player, Steve Priolo just might have been the winner last year.Now the Buffalo Bandits’ defenseman is hoping to continue to show progress toward becoming one of the best players at his position in the league. Priolo will try to take another step toward that goal tonight when the Bandits host the Toronto Rock at…

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For the fourth straight year, Tracey Kelusky took part in the Buffalo Bandits’ home opener.The catch this time is that this time he was a member of the visiting team.Kelusky’s contract expired with the Bandits at the end of last season, and he signed with the Philadelphia Wings – Buffalo’s opponent on Saturday – as a free agent. “For me, talking with management, returning …

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The Buffalo Bandits picked up right where they left off last season.That wasn’t the desired result for a team that suffered through one of the most discouraging seasons in team history, finishing as the only team in the National Lacrosse League to miss the playoffs.The Bandits displayed some familiar habits in losing to the Philadelphia Wings, 17-13, before 13,564 in the F…

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The Buffalo Bandits will have a familiar face at forward tonight when they open the 2013-14 season at First Niagara Center: Mark Steenhuis.The name is the same as the veteran who was on the roster last year, but the position is different.After a three-year stint where he mostly was a transition player, Steenhuis has returned to his former role in which he was one of the mo…

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Changes figured to be made by the Buffalo Bandits after one of the most disappointing seasons in team history. They finished 6-10 in 2013, and became the only squad in the nine-team National Lacrosse League to miss the playoffs. Eight months later, the Bandits are ready to try to do better. It’s important to note how much has remained the same from last season. Sixteen pla…

The National Lacrosse League has managed to survive for more than the past quarter-century, no small achievement. It hopes to be well placed for growth in the coming years.The biggest step toward that goal during the just concluded offseason was the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement through 2020.“It’s never easy, but we had some really good discussions,” NLL…

Buffalo Bandits defenseman Billy Dee Smith took matters into his own hands when he was a holdout as the team’s training camp started this month. Smith took part directly in the negotiations with his agent and the Bandits that led to him signing a contract.“I’m an emotional guy. Each time I find myself getting involved. I did this time,” he said. “It seemed to go a lot quic…

About 35 players came to the First Niagara Center for the opening of the Buffalo Bandits’ training camp on Saturday. As usual, John Tavares was the center of attention.Tavares turned up to start season 23 as a Bandit. To put that in perspective, the 45-year-old Bandit has spent about half of his life wearing Buffalo’s orange and black.The forward was held to 39 points in 1…

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Scoring leader John Tavares is one of nine players signed to one-year contracts, the Buffalo Bandits announced on Friday.Also agreeing to terms are: Mike Hominuck, Jamie Rooney, Derek Hopcroft, Kurtis Wagar, Joel Matthews and Jordan Critch, as well as 2013 draft picks Mitch Wilde and Nick Diachenko.Tavares enters 2014 as the all-time leading scorer in NLL history with 1,66…

The Buffalo Bandits announced individual game and season-ticket prices for the upcoming National Lacrosse League season.Buffalo plays nine home games and has two each at First Niagara Center against long-standing rivals Philadelphia (Dec. 28 and Feb. 15), Toronto (Jan. 10 and Feb. 1) and Rochester (Jan. 25 and April 26). The Bandits, who open their home schedule Dec. 28 ag…

The Buffalo Bandits have announced the signing of five players, including two veterans, in preparation for the upcoming season. Transition players Kevin Brownell and Hayden Smith debuted in Buffalo in the 2013 season. Brownell had eight points in seven games, while Smith scored one assist in four games. Kevin Pym and Eric Penney were both Bandits’ draft choices earlier thi…

The National Lacrosse League has completed a deal with the Professional Lacrosse Players’ Association on a collective bargaining agreement. The seven-year contract goes into effect immediately, and either side can opt out of the deal after five years. Compromises by both sides were made in order to put the league in a better financial situation.Some of the highlights of t…

Former Buffalo Bandits coach Darris Kilgour last Sunday morning was charged with DWI after being stopped in Lewiston.Kilgour, who coached the Bandits from 2003-13 and was dismissed by the team in June, was stopped at 3 a.m. for traveling 62 mph in a 45 mph zone. He then failed five field sobriety tests, authorities said, and refused to take a breath test once he was in cus…

The Buffalo Bandits had a big surprise up their sleeves when the National Lacrosse League draft was held on Monday night in suburban Toronto.The Bandits acquired Hamburg’s Joe Resetarits and a second-round draft choice this year (15th overall) from the Calgary Roughnecks. Buffalo gave up a second-round pick this year (10th overall) and a second-round choice in 2015.Resetar…