Vancouver Releases Rhys Duch, Calgary Picks Him Up

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With new ownership comes changes. We have seen this with Vancouver over this off-season as they brought in a new coaching staff and a new identity with the new Vancouver Warriors name and logo. Some changes are more popular than others and this most recent change isn't a popular one. The Vancouver Warriors have released veteran forward Rhys Duch after six years in Vancouver, 10 years with the franchise. 

The 10-year veteran has been a key piece to the franchise as he has been with them his whole career. Duch has been in San Jose, Washington, and Vancouver. all with the same franchise.  Duch is 13th on the NLL all-time scoring list with 893 points (370G, 523A).

Duch was drafted by San Jose in the 2008 NLL draft and has been with the franchise through all their moves and changes. Over his ten-year career he has only been on a playoff team five times. Those five seasons were 2009 in San Jose, 2010,11, and 13 in Washington, and 2017 in Vancouver. He was the rookie of the year in 2009, was named to the all-pro first team in 2011 and 2013. Duch was named to the all-pro second team in 2010. 

The fans will miss seeing Duch on the floor in Vancouver, but he will be on an NLL team this season. The Calgary Roughnecks seized the opportunity as they picked up Duch and signed him to a 0ne-year deal.