DARRYL KNIGHT Special to The Standard
Port Perry’s Matt Hossack will be running back to Saskatoon, when the National Lacrosse League season kicks off, following his second round selection by the Saskatchewan Rush in last week’s NLL Draft on Tuesday, Sept. 27th.
Reports, prior to the draft, had Hossack pegged as a first-round selection, leading to the Rush trading up in the second round, to nab the defender, who is currently wrapping up an Engineering degree, at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Hossack has enjoyed three stellar seasons at RIT, including NCAA Division III Most Outstanding Player honours in 2015, as well as two Division III Long Pole Midfielder of the Year awards, and being named as a three-time All-American. Over the summer, Hossack graduated from the Junior ‘A’ Whitby Warriors to the Brooklin Redmen, and also saw some outdoor action with the Denver Outlaws.
“We couldn’t believe he had slipped that far. We had him rated number seven, and I think most teams thought eighth at the latest,” said Rush GM/head coach Derek Keenan, in a press release. “We had the chance to get him and I had no problem giving up a second-round pick to get him because I think he’s a first-round guy. I’ve had him on teams since he was seven years old, so I know what kind of character he has. I think he’s a real steal for us.”
This coming NLL season will see Hossack square off against his older brother Graeme, who is entering his second season with the Rochester Knighthawks.
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