Darris Kilgour made a statement in an interview immediately following the conclusion of Wednesday's National Lacrosse League draft that even caught his own organization, the Buffalo Bandits, a bit by surprise.
He said he was stepping down as general manager of the Bandits to concentrate on his duties as head coach. The move had been scheduled to be officially announced in the near future.
"Derek Graham is going to be the head GM," Kilgour said. "I'm going to focus on the team.
"It's not so much that I lost focus on coaching [last year], but I want to focus on coaching again. It was either play the chess match of being a GM, or play the checkers match of being the coach. I prefer checkers."
Kilgour, an original Bandit, joined the team as coach in the summer of 2002. He added the general manager's responsibilities in 2005.
Graham has worked in a variety of roles in lacrosse over the years, including time as a Bandits assistant coach for the past two seasons.
In the draft itself, the Bandits went for size and toughness, and added two Western New York natives.
They moved up through a trade with the Orlando Titans into the first round and selected Kyle Clancy of Peterborough, Ont., who finished third in scoring in the Ontario Lacrosse Association's Junior A league with 108 points for the Peterborough Lakers. He's known for his toughness and determination.
Buffalo still had two picks in the second round, taking Chris Corbeil, a defender from the Brampton Excelsiors of the OLA, and Steve Priolo, a defender from St. Catharines.
Buffalo had the opening choice in the third round, but sent it to Washington in exchange for Hamburg native Frank Resetarits, who had 17 goals and 17 assists for San Jose last season.
The Bandits' sixth-round pick was Matt Friedman, a defender from Canisius College who played in high school for St. Francis.