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Bandits sign four; Kelusky is Hall finalist

The Buffalo Bandits have signed four players to new contracts. In addition, ex-Bandit Tracey Kelusky has been named as a finalist for the National Lacrosse League’s Hall of Fame.

Kevin Brownell, Brandon Goodwin and Jamie Batson agreed to two-year deals with Buffalo. Transition player Mitch Jones will sign a one-year contract.

Brownell was a regular with the team last season, setting a career high with 19 points. Goodwin had seven points in 10 games while playing offense and defense in his rookie year before suffering a season-ending injury. Batson was acquired from Rochester on March 31. Jones had 11 points in three games for Buffalo during the 2015 season.

Kelusky played three seasons with the Bandits (2011 to 2013). He also suited up for Columbus, Montreal, Calgary and Philadelphia before retiring after the 2014 season. Kelusky finished with 383 goals and 823 points, ranking 11th on the both all-time NLL lists. He was the league’s rookie of the year in 2001, and was named an All-Pro five times. Kelusky retired from the sport due to concussion-related injuries, and was an assistant coach for New England this year.

Other Hall of Fame nominees include: Jake Bergey, who spent 10 seasons with Philadelphia and was a two-time All-Pro; Kevin Finneran, an 11-year pro who won five championships and was a three-time all-league pick; Gavin Prout, who is ninth on the league’s all-time scoring list (922) after a 12-year career that included five All-Pro selections; and Terry Sanderson, a head coach for seven seasons and a general manager for Toronto for six years. Sanderson died in Nov. 2014.