Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Edmonton Rush acquires Portland's Ryan Powell

Edmonton, AB--Edmonton Rush General Manager/Head Coach announced today that the club has acquired forward Ryan Powell from the Colorado Mammoth in exchange for forward Callum Crawford.
Powell, an eight-year veteran, spent the last four seasons with the Portland LumberJax and was picked up by Orlando Titans in the 2009 NLL Dispersal Draft and then traded to Colorado Mammoth for Matt Danowski. Last season with the Jax, Powell notched 18 goals and 44 assists for 62 points, two shy of his career-best total logged one year earlier. Through 100 career NLL regular-season games, Powell has racked up 119 goals and 207 assists for 326 points along with 442 loose balls.

"Ryan will obviously play a significant role for us particularly as a set-up man with his excellent passing abilities," noted Keenan. "Ryan is also a big-game player as he showed during the Champion's Cup run with Portland two years ago. He will be an exciting complement to the much-improved offensive attack we have in store for the 2010 season."

The 31-year-old Syracuse University product had a career-high for goals in 2007 with 23, while last season's mark of 44 assists was the best of his career. The six-foot-one, 205 pounder had a pair of seven-point games last season with Portland. Powell had an outstanding playoff campaign with the Jax in '08, finishing second in scoring with 10 goals and 10 assists in just three games.

Before joining Portland, Powell spent one season with Anaheim and three with Buffalo.

In his lone season with the Rush, Crawford registered 19 goals and 22 assists for 41 points in 13 games.

The Rush opens the regular season on the road against the Washington Stealth on January 15 and the next day against the Colorado Mammoth at Pepsi Center on Saturday, January 16. The Rush opens the home regular season on Saturday, January 23 against the Buffalo Bandits at Rexall Place. Training Camp opens this weekend, December 5 at Leduc Recreation Centre.

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