ROCKS ACQUIRE RIGHTS TO VELTMAN, BOLD
Victoria, BCÂ â€“ The Victoria Shamrocks are thrilled to announce that the Commissioner of the Western Lacrosse Association has approved a trade between the Shamrocks and the Coquitlam Adanacs, whereby the Shamrocks will acquire the rights to offensive playerÂ Daryl VeltmanÂ and goaltenderÂ Aaron BoldÂ in exchange for the rights to offensive playerÂ Brandon Bull.
Bull, from Langley, BC, was drafted and signed by the Shamrocks in the 2014 Graduating Junior Draft. He put up solid numbers with the club in their 2ndÂ consecutive Mann Cup appearance, playing all but 3 games over the course of the season and post-season.
â€œWeâ€™re sorry to see Brandon go,â€ said General Manager Chris Welch, â€œhe was a good player for us in 2014, and he has a bright future in this league for many years to come.â€
â€œThere was significant interest from the mainland in Brandon, and while he did not ask to be moved, we think he will appreciate the opportunity closer to home, although he was happy here in Victoria, and we were happy to have him here.â€
With this move, Victoria is signaling their intent to not only make a third consecutive Mann Cup appearance, but to bring the storied Cup back to the West, and back to Victoria fans.
Veltman, a 6â€™ 0â€, 195 lb. lefty from Orangeville, Ontario, brings seven years of Senior A experience to the club. As a smart, effective ball player, he will be able to use his experience and leadership talents to make the offense around him better. â€œHe brings a wealth of experience to a line up focused on winning a championship this season,â€ stated Welch.
Long-time Shamrocks fans will remember Veltmanâ€™s uncle, Jim Veltman, a Hall of Fame player who won a Mann Cup with the Shamrocks in 2003.
Bold, a 6â€™ 2â€, 197 lb. goaltender originally from Victoria, will be remembered by Shamrocks fans from the 2007 â€“ 2009 seasons. After his time with the â€˜Rocks, Bold pursued opportunities in Ontario and Alberta, where he currently lives in Edmonton and tends goal for the Rush of the National Lacrosse League.
â€œBold is undisputedly one of the top goalies in the game today,â€ commented Welch. â€œWhether or not he comes to Victoria for the 2015 season remains to be seen, but having his rights going forward gives us some options as we move towards training camp.â€
The Victoria Shamrocks kick off their 2015 campaign at home on May 22ndÂ against the Nanaimo Timberman at 100.3 The Q Centre in Colwood. Donâ€™t miss a minute of the action, and visit victoriashamrocks.com for information on season tickets, flex packs, and group packages.
The countdown to the home opener startsÂ Sun., Mar 15thÂ for the 3rdÂ Annual St. Paddyâ€™s Day Shoot Around. Kids can bring their sticks, gloves and helmets to the outdoor box at 100.3 The Q Centre and shoot around with Shamrocks from the Seniors, Juniors, and Alumni. Admission is free, details coming soon to victoriashamrocks.com.
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