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Stealth bring back veteran goaltender Roik

Team Release

3/1/2013 4:21:23 PM

The Washington Stealth signed NLL veteran and former Stealth goaltender Matt Roik to a one-year agreement on Friday.

To make room for Roik, Washington released goalkeeper Nick Patterson.

In seven games with the Colorado Mammoth this season, Roik compiled a 2-2 record. 

"We're always trying to better our position as we make a drive to the playoffs," said Stealth Coach Chris Hall, who platooned Roik with Tyler Richards during the 2010 and 2011 seasons where Washington made back-to-back appearances in the NLL championship game.

"When Colorado released Matt, it piqued our interest," said Hall, who plans to play Roik in a backup roll to Richards.

"We won a championship with the T-Rich, Roik combination. We needed to jump on this opportunity. It made good sense to get him back here. From a comfort factor, he's ready to jump in and play if we need him."

In his 12th NLL season, the 34-year-old Dunnville, Ontario native is a two-time NLL All-Star and has a career 12.32 goals-against-average. Since breaking into the league in 2002 with the former New Jersey Storm, he is 47-51.