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John Tavares will be in the lineup for the Buffalo Bandits when they open the 2015 season on Friday night at New England.As usual.Tavares is ready to begin Year 24 as a Bandit at the age of 46; he was on the original team in 1992. In other words, he’s been with the team for about half his life. Yet the veteran came as close as he’s ever come to hanging up his lacrosse stic…

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It was a long offseason for the Buffalo Bandits.Losing in sudden-death overtime during a deciding mini-game against the team that went on to win the league championship will do that.“I’m not a very good loser – never have been and probably never will be,” forward Mark Steenhuis said about the playoff loss to the Rochester Knighthawks. “It stings all year. You ask the why q…

Buffalo Bandits assistant coach Rich Kilgour has been named the head coach for the Iroquois Nationals indoor lacrosse team, which will take part in the 2015 world championships. The tournament will stage its semifinals and finals in Buffalo in September after the opening rounds will be held in Onondaga Nation Arena just outside of Syracuse.In addition, former Bandits coach…

Chris Hall, a longtime coach in the National Lacrosse League and a member of the NLL Hall of Fame, died on Sunday after a long illness. He had been battling cancer since 2011. Hall spent 12 years coaching in the NLL. His career started with the Calgary Roughnecks in 2002, where he won his first title in 2004. Hall later moved to San Jose in 2008. The Stealth moved to Washi…

The Buffalo Bandits have reached the 20-man roster limit as they get ready for the start of the 2015 season, and they didn’t change much from 2014. Sixteen players are back from the players who were on the Bandits’ opening night roster last year. The newcomers are Brandon Goodwin, Jerome Thompson, Nick Weiss and David Diruscio.“We liked where we were with our roster coming…

Jim Jennings, the former commissioner of the National Lacrosse League, died of cancer on Sunday. He was 53.Jennings was the NLL’s top executive from 2000 to 2009. The league expanded across the country during his tenure and saw an increase in television exposure. After leaving the NLL, Jennings founded Waterbucket Media, which negotiated contracts for sports leagues, compa…

Buffalo Bandits’ fans will have their first chance to see the latest edition of the team when the Bandits stage an open practice Saturday morning at the First Niagara Center.The session will run from 10 a.m. to noon. It will be followed by an autograph session. The event is free with general admission seating. Parking for the event is also free.Part of the festivities will…

Terry Sanderson, the general manager of the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League, died Thursday. The announcement was made by the Orangeville Northmen lacrosse organization; Sanderson was a native of the Ontario town. He was 62. Details were not immediately available. Sanderson took a leave of absence from the Toronto position on Nov. 13 for medical reasons. Rock O…

The Buffalo Bandits turned up for Saturday’s start to training camp at the First Niagara Center on Saturday ... with one exception. Backup goaltender Kurtis Wagar has retired from the sport to spend more time with his family.Wagar had been the backup to Anthony Cosmo for the past two seasons. Last year, this didn’t require him to do much work, as Cosmo spent almost every p…

Steve Priolo is scheduled to spend the next three years as a member of the Buffalo Bandits. The veteran defenseman agreed to a new contract of that length on Friday.“We are thrilled to have Steve re-sign with the Bandits for three years,” General Manager Steve Dietrich said. “Steve has proven to be one of the top defenders in the league and his sole focus is to help the Ba…

Shawn Williams has jumped from the Buffalo Bandits to the Toronto Rock, as the 17-year veteran signed a one-year contract with the Rock.Williams had 13 goals and 36 assists for 49 points last season for the Bandits. It was his lowest point production since 2000. However, Williams certainly was thinking about his son, Tucker, who has been battling a serious illness for the …

The Buffalo Bandits have announced their training camp schedule, and the highlight will be an open practice and autograph session.The Bandits will work out from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 6 at First Niagara Center. That will be followed by an autograph session from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Bandits will finish the day with a scrimmage against New England; that event will be…

Bandits sign first-round pickThe Buffalo Bandits announced the signing of three players, including first-round draft pick Brandon Goodwin, a transition player who had 19 goals and seven assists last year for Adelphi University. Goodwin also had 27 points (16-11) in 15 games for Coquitlam of the Western Lacrosse Association last summer.Goodwin was the ninth overall pick in …

The Buffalo Bandits announced the signing of five players, including two of their top scorers from the 2014 season.Ryan Benesch led the Bandits in scoring with 78 points last season after coming from Minnesota in a trade. Dhane Smith was third on the team with 59 points, as he filled a variety of roles for Buffalo. Both of those players signed three-year contracts.Meanwhil…

The Buffalo Bandits formally announced the signing of seven players to one-year contracts, including all-time great John Tavares. “It’s great to be back for another season in ‘Banditland,’ and I’m looking forward to another competitive season with my teammates,” said Tavares, whose return at the age of 46 had been disclosed in September. “I believe we have a great nucleus …