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Bandits set roster for Jan. 9 opener

The Buffalo Bandits have set their 20-man roster for the upcoming season, and it’s a cast that should be familiar to their fans.

The team made few changes to last year’s squad. Daryl Veltman was signed as a free agent; he played for Calgary last season. Anthony Malcom was the team’s top pick in the September draft and made the team. Two second-round choices from 2014, Matthew Bennett and Tyler Ferreira, are on the roster.

The biggest surprise was that veteran David Brock was placed on the practice squad. There he joins 2015 draft choice and former Canisius College standout Tim Edwards, among others.

“It’s always difficult to release players, especially guys that have been a part of this organization in the past,” said Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich. “The younger players we brought in forced us into some really tough decisions. We were excited to see the development of guys like Matt Bennett and Tyler Ferreira and we’re thrilled with Tim Edwards; he was the surprise of camp.”

The Bandits have other players on various roster lists who could play a role this season. Chad Culp will come off the suspended list after the first game. Andrew Watt is on injured reserve.

The current roster:

Forwards: Ryan Benesch, Ferreira, Malcom, Dhane Smith, Mark Steenhuis, Jerome Thompson, and Veltman.

Defense: Jamie Batson, Bennett, Kevin Brownell, Brandon Goodwin, Alex Kedoh Hill, Mitch Jones, Steve Priolo, Billy Dee Smith, Jay Thorimbert, Nick Weiss, and Mitch Wilde.

Goalies: Davide DiRuscio and Anthony Cosmo.

Practice: Edwards, Craig England, Adam Will and Brock.

The Bandits open their season at home Jan. 9 against Calgary.