News | 8/11/2011 3:35:07 PM | Bandits.com
| John Tavares (Photo: Bill Wippert)|
Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced the team has tagged forwards John Tavares and Tracey Kelusky as Buffalo's franchise players for the 2012 NLL season.
By declaring an Unrestricted Free Agent as a Franchise Player, a club ensures they will retain the player's services for the upcoming season. Teams can declare up to two franchise players each year.
Tavares, the National Lacrosse League's all-time leading scorer, led the team in regular season scoring with 78 points (32+46) and recorded seven points (3+4) in one playoff game in 2011. He has been the Bandits’ top point-scorer for 16 of his 20 seasons with the team and was honored with an NLL All-Pro selection for the 18th time in his career last season.
In his career, the 42-year-old Tavares has 1,547 points (724+823) in 252 games. The Mississauga, Ont. native is the league's all-time leader in every major scoring category including goals, assists and points.
In his first season as a Bandit last year, Kelusky tallied 54 points (21+33) and passed Chris Gill and Ted Dowling for 10th all-time in NLL goal scoring (345). He scored the team’s first goal of the season against his former team, the Calgary Roughnecks.
The Bandits acquired the 35-year-old Peterborough, Ontario native from Calgary in exchange for a first-round selection in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft on Oct. 6, 2010.