Chris Wardle continues to make huge strides in his young indoor lacrosse career.
Wardle will attempt to make his biggest stride – more like jump – when he competes for a spot with the Vancouver Stealth, which kicks off its inaugural season in the National Lacrosse League this January. Formerly the Washington Stealth, the team announced its relocation from Everett, Wash. to Langley this summer.
All home games will be played at the Langley Events Centre.
A Victoria native, Wardle will be competing for a spot with the Stealth after being selected 54th overall in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft.
“Getting drafted was a great feeling,” Wardle said. “It’s been a goal of mine since I started playing lacrosse.”
Wardle has been a standout player for the junior A Victoria Shamrocks.
The 6’ 170-pound forward put up 41 points in 21 games in 2012 and this season tallied 90 points in 21 games.
The opportunity for Wardle to further his development further is right in front of him.
“The jump to the NLL is going to be a big adjustment and it’s going to take some time,” Wardle said. “However, I feel that I am ready.”
Wardle has shown he can play at the next level. He was a call up to the senior A Shamrocks during the Western Lacrosse Association post-season. Wardle stepped into a heated series between Victoria and the Langley Thunder in the WLA finals and never appeared out of place.
“Playing in the WLA playoffs was a great experience,” Wardle said. “It gave me a bit of experience playing with bigger guys and at a faster pace game, which I believe will help me with the adjustment to the NLL.”
Wardle registered two shots on goal in his first game with Victoria as the Shamrocks went on to win the game and the WLA title.
He will be looking to bring some of his success to the Stealth and earn a spot for the 2014 season.
His chance to prove himself will be at tryouts on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26.
The Stealth’s 2014 NLL regular season gets started on the road against the Colorado Mammoth on Jan. 4, then on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. the team hosts the Minnesota Swarm in its home opener at the LEC.
Stealth season tickets are still available.
For ticket information visit www.stealthlax.com/season-tickets.
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