Towering Tyson Roe, left, salutes the crowd after making his home debut with the Vancouver Stealth on Jan. 27. (Garrett James Photography)

Duncan’s Tyson Roe makes his mark in the NLL

Vancouver Stealth defender scores first pro goal against Saskatchewan

Tyson Roe was more excited about his first National Lacrosse League goal than it probably appeared.

The 6-foot-10, 260-pound Duncan product has been a fixture in the Vancouver Stealth lineup since early January, and scored his first NLL goal against the Saskatchewan Rush on Saturday, burying the rebound off a shot by teammate Corey Small. His reaction, he admitted later, was rather subdued.

“I’ve gotten a lot of people congratulating me on my first NLL goal,” Roe said. “But all my buddies are giving me a hard time for my lame celebration. I just reacted by throwing a quick fist pump and smacking the glass, but all in all, it was obviously a great moment that I’ll never forget.”

Roe spent more than three seasons on the practice rosters of the Stealth and Calgary Roughnecks between being drafted by Calgary in 2014 and making his NLL debut on Jan. 13.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Roe said. “I’ve wanted to play in the NLL since I was five or six years old, so 19 or 20 years. To play my first NLL game in front of 13,000 people was pretty crazy.”

Members of Vancouver’s practice roster travel to all road games, so Roe had already been with the team to games in Calgary and New England in December. He was alerted by Stealth president and general manager Doug Locker prior to the Stealth’s game against the Buffalo Bandits on Jan. 13 that he might be suiting up.

“I got a text from Doug that said, ‘Make sure you’re prepared. There’s a good chance you’re playing,’” Roe recalled.

The 25-year-old defence/transition player did his best to get ready for that possibility.

“I did exactly what I normally do, although I didn’t work out as hard the day before,” Roe said. “I had a hard time sleeping the night before.”

The debut game was “kinda like a blur,” Roe said, but he won’t forget the result: the Stealth started the game down 3-0 and came back to win 11-10 in overtime – earning their first win of the 2017-18 season.

“That’s the biggest thing I’ll take away from that game,” Roe said.

Since then, Roe has remained in the lineup as the Stealth travelled to Colorado to face the Mammoth, played at home against the Georgia Swarm, and played a home-and-home against the Rush.

Roe, who also plays senior A lacrosse with the Nanaimo Timbermen during the summer, noticed right away that the NLL game is speedier than the Western Lacrosse Association – to a degree he couldn’t foresee despite having watched dozens of games from the stands.

“It’s only the top-notch players. It’s super fast. And anyone can score from pretty much any angle, any place on the floor,” he said.

It took some getting used to, but Roe figured out how to function on the NLL floor.

“Once I got into the flow of the game, it was easier,” he said.

The Vancouver coaches have given Roe plenty of positive feedback based on his play.

“They’ve been happy so far,” he said. “There’s always little adjustments they want you to make, but it’s been nothing but ‘good job’s.”

Locker confirmed that the Stealth brass are happy with what they’ve seen.

“We really liked what Tyson has been accomplishing on the floor and believe he has the tools necessary to be a formidable NLL defenceman. We have been really pleased with his play and have been very pleased with his performance this season.”

Just Posted

Genealogy exploration can uncover unexpected connections

Kathy Jones will present Beginning with Genealogy as first ElderCollege talk Feb. 23 in Nanoose

Kidney Foundation trying to keep patients warm this winter

Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Warm the Sole campaign takes chill off dialysis treatments

Nanaimo RCMP to host summer youth camp

Youths can discover if they have the mettle to be a Mountie at five-day camp in July

GUEST COMMENT: Temporary emergency shelter just part of solution

Setting up temporary emergency shelters was and is a reasonable response

Nanaimo Theatre Group will start its season by staging a farce

Self Help follows married second-rate actors who become famous self-help coaches

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

New museum exhibit presents Nanaimo mysteries

Nanaimo Mysteries exhibit unveils city’s fiction and even stranger facts

Most Read