With less than two weeks until the 2014 NLL regular season gets underway, the time is now for teams to submit their final rosters to the league office for opening day. Teams had up until Noon ET on Monday to submit their roster of 20 game players, down from 23 under the old collective bargaining agreement, and four practice squad players. So which players made the final cut for the Philadelphia Wings, and which were given their walking papers?
The biggest surprise is that goaltender Brandon Miller was left of the opening day roster for the Wings. Even with the addition of Evan Kirk, it was expected that the Wings would carry three goaltenders heading into 2014.
There are three new additions to the Philadelphia roster this season as Tracey Kelusky, Ryan Ward and the aforementioned Kirk all join the Wings to try and help the team win its first Champions Cup since 2001.
The full Wings roster can be found below. New additions to the roster are italicized.
Forwards (8): Kyle Buchanan, Kevin Crowley, Jordan Hall, Tracey Kelusky, Kevin Ross, Pat Saunders, Garrett Thul and Ryan Ward
Transition (3): CJ Costabile, Brodie Merrill and Joel White
Defensemen (7): Eric Hoffman, Brett Manney, Mike Manley, Brian Megill, Mike Poppleton, John Ranagan and Chad Wiedmaier
Goaltenders (2): Don Alton and Evan Kirk
Physically Unable to Perform (PUP): Brendan Mundorf (F) and Rob Campbell (D)