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The Buffalo Bandits, coming off an appearance in the National Lacrosse League final, have set their opening roster for the 2019-20 season, which begins Dec. 7 against San Diego at KeyBank Center. A year after a substantial roster makeover, the Bandits turn to some familiar names in players such as Dhane Smith, who was fifth in the league in scoring last season; Corey Sm…

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The Bandits have signed forward Dhane Smith to a three-year deal, pending league approval. Smith had 102 points last season with 32 points and and league-leading and franchise-record 70 assists. He had at least 100 points for the fourth time in his career, the sixth player in league history to do so. He added five goals and 16 points in four playoff games as the Band…

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The Buffalo Bandits will open their training camp on Saturday at KeyBank Center. The National Lacrosse League team also announced that will hold one open practice and play three preseason games before the start of the regular season. The Open Practice will be at 10 a.m. on Nov. 30 at KeyBank Center and will include a fan forum, autograph session, garage sale and select-…

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The Buffalo Bandits will have only one head coach this season, announcing that John Tavares will return for his second season. Rich Kilgour, who served as co-coach last season, did not have his contract renewed, the Bandits said in a news release. Tavares and Kilgour shared the Les Bartley Award as the top coach in the National Lacrosse League last season. The Bandit…

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Transition player Ian MacKay, who made the National Lacrosse League All-Rookie team last season, is one of two players who signed one-year contracts with the Buffalo Bandits, pending league approval. MacKay was a finalist for NLL Rookie of the Year after he scored 11 goals and added 21 assists. He was selected in the first round, fourth overall in the 2018 NLL Entry fro…

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Veteran forward Andrew Potter and goaltender Devlin Shanahan, who spent last season on Buffalo’s practice squad, have signed one-year contracts with the Bandits. Potter, 31, last played in the National Lacrosse League in 2008-10 with the Rochester Knighthawks and Colorado Mammoth. The native of St. Catharines, Ont., scored two points and recovered 18 loose balls in five…

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The Buffalo Bandits have signed first-round draft pick Brent Noseworthy to a two-year contract, the team announced. Noseworthy, a defenseman/transition player from the University of Michigan, was selected 12th overall in the National Lacrosse League entry draft two weeks ago. He finished his college career with a school-record 102 goals and his 119 career points ranked …

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Brent Noseworthy, the leading scorer in University of Michigan lacrosse history, was the Buffalo Bandits’ first-round pick in Tuesday night’s National Lacrosse League Draft in Philadelphia. Holden Garlent, a junior at Canisius College, was the fourth overall player selected. A defensive standout for the Griffs, the St. Catharines, Ont., native went to the Saskatchewan. …

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Coming off an appearance in the National Lacrosse League finals, the Bandits have the 12th overall pick in Tuesday's NLL Draft in Philadelphia. The Bandits have six picks in the six-round draft with two selections in Round 4 and none in Round 5. The Bandits are scheduled to have selections at No. 29 (second round), No. 45 (third round), Nos. 55 and 60 (fourth round) and…

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The Buffalo Bandits will play in the North Division as the National Lacrosse League announced a new three-team alignment as the league expands from 11 teams to 13 for the 2019-20 season. The league is adding expansion teams, the New York Riptide and the new version of the Rochester Knighthawks along with the Halifax Thunderbirds, the former Knighthawks who have relocate…

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The Buffalo Bandits signed transition player Kevin Brownell and forward Dallas Bridle to two-year contracts on Monday, pending league approval. Brownell, a 6-foot-1-inch, 179-pounder, scored three goals with 11 assists in 17 regular-season games last season. He recovered 74 loose balls and caused 13 turnovers. The Millgrove, Ont., native scored two points (one goal, …

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The Bandits have signed goaltender Matt Vinc to a three-year contract pending league approval, the team announced Tuesday. Vinc's previous contract signed before last season was set to expire after the 2020-21 season. “Following this past season, Matt indicated he felt he could play longer, so it was a no-brainer to extend his contract one more year,” Bandits General…

The Buffalo Bandits acquired goaltender Doug Buchan from the Philadelphia Wings for goaltender Zach Higgins. The transaction also involved an exchange of future draft picks. Buchan, a native of St. Catharines, Ont.,  made his National Lacrosse League debut with Philadelphia and appeared in 17 games. He had a .749 save percentage and 13.17 goals-against average. Besid…

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The goaltending prowess of the Bandits’ Matt Vinc was a big part of the team’s franchise-record 14 wins last season and its deep playoff run. On Thursday, the Canisius College graduate was rewarded by the league for his skill between the pipes with his seventh NLL Goaltender of the Year award in ten seasons and his second in a row. Vinc led the league last season in …

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The awards keep coming for the Buffalo Bandits. The National Lacrosse League announced Wednesday Buffalo head coaches Rich Kilgour and John Tavares have been named the recipients of the Les Bartley Award as the NLL’s top coach. The award was voted on by team executives from each franchise that participated in the 2018-19 season. It’s a first for Kilgour and Tavare…