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Written by POL NIKULIN   
Friday, 25 February 2011 14:32

Annual meet will be televised by Versus and TSN2

Four Calgary Roughneck players are set to appear in this year's National Lacrosse League All-Star Game on Feb. 27 in Toronto.

Geoff Snider, Andrew McBride, Jeff Shattler and Scott Ranger took spots in the West Division All-Star lineup, being voted in by coaches, media and fans.

“It is a huge honour to be recognized by the league and your team as being in that group of players,” said Snider, a transition forward who leads the Roughnecks in loose balls. It's a great privilege to be there and it’s a lot of fun to hang out with the guys, he added.

Roughnecks captain and West Division All-Star Andrew McBride closes down Washington Stealth's Lewis Ratcliff.
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“John Grant Jr., a Colorado Mammoth forward, is a good buddy of mine, and you know a lot of different guys, you play on a lot of different teams – whether you are playing in the indoor league, or the outdoor league, or the summer box league,” Snider said.

“There are guys you get to know, and this is a good way to go out and have a fun game.”

Captain Andrew McBride, who is playing in his second All-Star game and was named a starter, is excited to be a part of the game with his teammates.

“They are all worthy recipients. Ranger is playing fantastic ball, and Shattler and Snider are two of the most dynamic players in the game. Those are two guys that can change the game instantly and really be X-factors in getting wins.”

The exposure of the All-Star game is growing across North America, as this year's game will be televised on both the American station Versus and the Canadian station TSN2.

Dave Pym, head coach of the Roughnecks said, “Anytime that we can expose our game to the general public in that manner it is only going to do good for the growth of the game for both Canada and the U.S. from coast-to-coast.

“Anytime we can get that kind of national television exposure it is really important for us, it will lead to bigger and better things for the athletes that play it.”

Snider and Pym were quick to mention that the All-Stars would not be there if it weren't for their teammates.

“It's funny, the selection of the All-Star team comes from a team standpoint; we are playing well; we are playing good lacrosse, and playing as a team,” Snider said. “We wouldn't be there on our own. The credit goes to the team, and the individuals that have helped us be the players that we want to be.”

Pym added: “I think they would all tell you that the reason they are there is a result of the other 21 guys that they get to play with on the roster. They will give credit to their teammates and it is a credit to the family atmosphere that we have.”

The incentive of national television airtime adds to the competitiveness of the game, McBride said.

“When guys are as talented as they are and all get together it is exciting, and it is great to showcase lacrosse, especially with it being on Versus this year. It is a really big opportunity for us to expand the game, to really promote it. I don't expect a game where guys are lollygagging.”