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Bandits acquire Hopcroft from Mammoth for conditional pick

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12/5/2012 9:36:31 AM
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The Buffalo Bandits acquired forward Derek Hopcroft from the Colorado Mammoth on Tuesday in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2014 NLL Entry Draft.

"Derek brings more depth to our right side," said Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich. "He has a great outside shot and continues to work on the other dimensions of his game. He will come into our second weekend of training camp and compete for a spot."

Hopcroft has recorded 29 points in 14 career NLL games with Colorado and the Calgary Roughnecks. He has topped the 50-point mark in each of his four Major Series Lacrosse seasons, including an 84-point output in 2011 that ranked him second in league scoring and saw him score a league-high 44 goals. Last season, his 55 points in 14 MSL games were good for third-best in the league.

"I was shocked at first because I wasn't expecting it, but when it set in I was excited to be coming to Buffalo, because it's a better fit for me," Hopcroft said. "Getting to play with Shawn Williams again after playing alongside him over the past few summers is even more enticing."

The team also announced that they have re-signed Brandon Francis, Mat Giles and Travis Irving. Rounding out the roster moves are the additions of defensemen Kyle Schmelzle and Joe Smith, as well as free agent Travis Gibbons, who attended the team's free agent tryout in November. Each of the six players were signed to one-year deals.

Derek Hopcroft (Photo: Scott Pierson/NLL)

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(Photo: Scott Pierson/NLL)
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