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Connecticut lacrosse team signs Brett Bucktooth, announces home schedule

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The new Connecticut franchise announced today that it had signed Brett Bucktooth (honest; you can’t make this up), one of the premier players in indoor lacrosse, to a one-year contract. The 31-year-old forward has 92 goals, 131 assists and 223 points in 88 career National League Lacrosse games. Selected third overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Buffalo Bandits, Bucktooth joined the Washington Stealth, who play their home games in Vancouver, Wash., in 2012. This past season, he scored a career-high 18 goals to go along with 25 assists for 43 points for Vancouver.

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“I’m looking forward to playing lacrosse in Connecticut,” said Bucktooth, a Native American who was born in Onondaga Nation in Upstate New York. “I think fans are really going to love this game. It’s one of the fastest growing sports in America. Fans are going to be in for a treat.”

After winning a silver medal with the Iroquois Nationals at the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, he and his Iroquois team was denied the opportunity to play in the FIL World Lacrosse Championships. Undeterred, he won the National Lacrosse League Champion’s Cup with the Buffalo Bandits the following year, then captured the silver medal at the 2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships with Iroquois. That year he also appeared in his first NLL All-Star Game.

In addition to his indoor lacrosse prowess, Bucktooth has enjoyed success in the outdoor game as well, having played four seasons in Major League Lacrosse with the Boston Cannons, Rochester Rattlers and Chesapeake Bayhawks, winning the MLL championship in 2008 with the Rattlers. He also played with the now-defunct Hamilton Nationals.

“We’re excited to have Brett Bucktooth in the lineup,” said Connecticut head coach Blane Harrison. “He’s going to be a real positive addition to our right side. He’s got size, and he can work well with Kevin Crowley. We like the fact that he’s a natural leader and will help in the locker room. Overall, we’re really happy to have the opportunity to go after him and bring him in to our organization. With our move to the New England area, we are looking to make an impact and Brett is a big piece to that puzzle.”

Bucktooth, a member of the 2004 NCAA Champion Syracuse Orange, has appeared in a total of 11 NLL postseason contests, scoring 14 goals with 21 assists for 35 points.

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) released its 2015 NLL regular season schedule on Thursday, and the still-to-be-named Connecticut team will open their campaign on Friday, Jan. 2 when they will entertain the Buffalo Bandits at the Mohegan Sun Arena. In all, Connecticut will play 18 home games, wrapping up their home schedule when the entertain Buffalo on Sat., May 2 at 7:30 p.m., and the Toronto Rock on Sun., May 3 at 6 p.m.

The 2015 NLL Playoffs begin the weekend of May 8-10. The name of the Connecticut-based franchise will be announced soon. The franchise is relocating to the Mohegan Sun Arena from Philadelphia, where they were known as the Wings.

This will be the 29th season of professional indoor lacrosse in North America.

Connecticut’s home schedule:

Week

Day

Date

Matchup

Time (ET)

1

Fri

2-Jan

Buffalo at Connecticut

7:00PM

2

Sat

10-Jan

Rochester at Connecticut

7:00PM

4

Sat

24-Jan

Minnesota at Connecticut

7:00PM

5

Fri

30-Jan

Connecticut at Edmonton

9:30PM

7

Sun

15-Feb

Rochester at Connecticut

6:00PM

8

Fri

20-Feb

Connecticut at Toronto

7:30PM

8

Sun

22-Feb

Colorado at Connecticut

1:00PM

11

Sat

14-Mar

Connecticut at Minnesota

8:00PM

12

Fri

20-Mar

Connecticut at Calgary

9:00PM

13

Sat

28-Mar

Minnesota at Connecticut

7:00PM

14

Fri

3-Apr

Connecticut at Minnesota

8:30PM

14

Sat

4-Apr

Connecticut at Buffalo

7:30PM

15

Sun

12-Apr

Vancouver at Connecticut

1:00PM

16

Fri

17-Apr

Connecticut at Toronto

7:30PM

17

Sat

25-Apr

Connecticut at Rochester

7:30PM

17

Sun

26-Apr

Buffalo at Connecticut

6:00PM

18

Sat

2-May

Connecticut at Buffalo

7:30PM

18

Sun

3-May

Toronto at Connecticut

6:00PM

Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for professional indoor sports worldwide behind only the NHL & NBA. The league is comprised of nine franchises across the United States & Canada. The Rochester Knighthawks were crowned 2014 NLL Champions to complete the league's 28th season. For more information, visit NLL.com, or you can find the league on Facebook and Twitter.

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