The Buffalo Bandits announced on Wednesday that Rich Kilgour had officially retired. The surprise was that he hadn't been considered retired for months.
Kilgour said last season that he planned to quit at the end of the 2009 campaign, moving to a job as head coach at NCCC. He spent 18 years as a Bandit, and helped the team win four championships. Kilgour didn't get to play in what could have been his last game, the playoff loss to New York.
"I want to thank the organization, players, coaches, staff and the best fans in lacrosse," said Kilgour in a prepared statement. "The past 18 years have been great. To spend my entire career playing for one team, that long, was incredible."
No matter how it happened, Kilgour deserves some recognition for a great career as a Bandit. Let's hope he gets to take a bow on Opening Night in January. And his departure raises a good question: Should he have his uniform number retired?
--- Budd Bailey