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Bandits acquire Colorado’s Smith

The Buffalo Bandits added toughness to their defense on Tuesday when they acquired defender Rory Smith from the Colorado Mammoth.

Smith and a fourth-round draft choice in 2015 came to Buffalo in exchange for Carter Bender, a second-round pick in 2013 (18th overall) and a second-round pick in 2014.

“Rory is a solid defensive defenseman who also brings a dominant physical presence,” general manager Steve Dietrich said. “At 26 years old, he is a player that will be able to help strengthen our defense both now and in the future.”

Smith had 51 penalty minutes and 37 loose balls in 15 games for the Mammoth last season. He has played five seasons in the National lacrosse League, as he also has been with New York, Orlando, and Minnesota. Smith set an NLL record for penalty minutes in a season in 2010 with 104.

Bender was a second-round draft choice of the Bandits in 2012. He had three points in three games last season for Buffalo.

Meanwhile, the NLL has announced the finalists for its Hall of Fame, and it has a distinct Buffalo flavor as four of the six selections have connections to the Bandits. Pat McCready, Pat O’Toole and Kaleb Toth are first-time nominees, while Chris Driscoll, Regy Thorpe and the 1993 Bandits team are holdovers.

McCready played 17 seasons in the NLL, including eight with the Bandits. He won the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year award and won three championships in his career. O’Toole played three seasons with the Bandits in goal, and then spent 12 years in Rochester. Driscoll spent three of his 19 seasons in the NLL with Buffalo. The 1993 Bandits remains the only team in league history to go undefeated.