Warriors Sign Keegan Bal

Photo Credit Bryan Young/St Albert Gazette

Man does feels so good to finally be able to put a team name in the headline instead of just saying Vancouver. 

Friday was obviously a busy day for NLL news, especially in Vancouver as they announced their new logo, team name, and uniforms. They also signed another guy in free agency and that kind of got lost in the news a tad bit. 

Keegan Bal is back in the league and with Vancouver where he started his career. Bal last played with Vancouver in 2017 before finding his way to Colorado later on that season where he never step foot on the floor and was eventually released and no one picked him up prior to last season.

Bal has caught the attention of the now Vancouver Warriors as he killed it this summer in the RMLL. Playing with the St. Albert Miners Bal was the third leading point scorer as he had 98 points (36G,62A) through 14 games in the regular season and playoff combined. His play would help lead the Miners to the RMLL Sr. B Championship and help them secure a spot in the President's Cup. 

In the President's Cup Bal would help the Miners capture their third straight championship a. Bal led the tournament in points 43 points that included 16 goals and 27 assist as he took home MVP honors. Bal's play was very impressive as he lit up the tournament. Bal isn't the first St. Albert player to sign with the Warriors this off season as goalie Aaron Bold signed with Vancouver a few weeks ago in what has been the biggest signing of 2018 free agency so far.

Bal is a local guy from Cpquitlam, BC and has played with the New Westminster Salmonbellies Sr. A in the past. Warriors GM Dan Richardson has spent the past 15 years as the Salmonbellies GM so I think we can make a connection here. Bal should fit in nicely with the local guys and veterans that this front office and coaching staff has kept and brought in throughout the off season.