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Rock trade forward Pascas to Roughnecks

The Canadian Press

7/26/2012 12:54:39 PM

TORONTO - The Toronto Rock traded forward Aaron Pascas to the Calgary Roughnecks on Thursday in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2012 National Lacrosse League draft.

The 25-year-old native of Port Coquitlam, B.C., was signed as an unrestricted free agent by Toronto prior to the 2011 season and had 15 goals and eight assists, helping the Rock win the NLL title.

"Aaron was a big contributor to our championship in 2011," Rock general manager Terry Sanderson said in a statement. "Being from the West Coast, this is a better fit for Aaron. We thank him for his contributions to the success of the Toronto Rock and wish him the best in the future."

The six-foot, 180-pound forward was on the Rock's holdout list last season and didn't play.

"Aaron is a smart player who works hard and has good size and speed," Roughnecks GM Mike Board said in a statement. "He has shown he can score at the NLL level as well as create opportunities for his teammates. We're happy to add him to our left side. He is excited to be joining the Roughnecks and is looking forward to training camp this fall."