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Calgary Roughnecks
Calgary Roughnecks logo.svg
Division Western
Founded 2001
Home Arena Pengrowth Saddledome
Based in Calgary, Alberta
Colors Red, Black, White
Head Coach Troy Cordingley
General manager Brad Banister
Local media FAN 960
Championships 2004, 2009
Division Championships 2005, 2009
PLPA representative Kaleb Toth

The Calgary Roughnecks are a member of the National Lacrosse League based in Calgary, Alberta. The name refers to the roughnecks who work the drilling rigs in Alberta's oil and gas industry. The team is affectionately known by fans as the Riggers.

The team mascot's name Derrick is a reference to the tower portion of a drilling rig.


Team beginnings (2001-2002 season)

On March 28, 2001, a press conference was held in Calgary to announce the Roughnecks as the (then) tenth NLL franchise under the ownership of Calgary businessman Brad Banister. Kevin Melnyk was announced as the Head Coach and General Manager. Prior to the season getting under way some resume inaccuracies became public regarding Melnyk. Melnyk, who claimed to be a member of one of Canada's National teams, was replaced by the team with Chris Hall as Head Coach and Brad Banister as General Manager.

The Roughnecks hosted the Montreal Express in the inaugural game for both franchises on November 24, 2001. The Roughnecks lost by a score of 32-17. This set a new league record for most combined goals scored in a game and the most goals scored by one team.


Calgary Roughnecks in 2005

In the 2002-2003 season, the Roughnecks enhanced their record to 9-7, with a very successful 6-2 record at home. Leading the team with 63 points was Tracey Kelusky. Close behind him was Kaleb Toth with 61 points. Before the season got going Brad Banister promised the fans the playoffs and the boys pulled it off. They travelled to Buffalo for the first playoff game in franchise history. The team lost 16-9 against the Buffalo Bandits to get knocked out of the playoffs.

The Roughnecks continued their improvement in the 2003-2004 season with a record of 10-6. Lewis Ratcliff lead the team with 71 points. Tracey Kelusky finished second with 69. Again Banister predicted a playoff entry and this time he predicted a home game to boot. Finishing third in the West the only way to get a home playoff game was to meet the third place team from the East. In the playoffs, the Roughnecks beat the San Jose Stealth 15-14 on the road to advance to the conference final. Again on the road, the Roughnecks beat the Colorado Mammoth with a final score of 13-11. On May 7, 2004, the Roughnecks hosted the championship game against the Buffalo Bandits, who had knocked them out of the playoff the previous year. Calgary won the Champion's Cup by beating the Bandits 14-11 in front of a home crowd of 19,289 in the Pengrowth Saddledome.

For the 2004-2005 season former Roughneck player and assistant coach Dave Bremner was hired as General Manager.

The Roughnecks hosted the 2005 NLL All Star Game on February 26, 2005. This was the first nationally televised NLL game; it was broadcast on NBC. Roughnecks' captain Kelusky took home the Most Valuable Player award as the East beat the West in an 11-10 overtime win. The 2005 season saw the Roughnecks come in first place in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history. This garnered them a bye in the first round of the playoffs. On April 30, they hosted the Arizona Sting for the conference title and lost with a score of 19-15.

Devan Wray hoists the Champion's Cup as the Roughnecks celebrate the 2009 championship.

Prior to the 2005-2006 season the Roughnecks hired on former Buffalo GM Kurt Silcott to replace Dave Bremner and become the fourth GM in team history.

After beginning the 2007 NLL season 4-1, the Roughnecks lost three straight games, and Silcott fired the only head coach in Roughnecks history, Chris Hall. Silcott filled in as interim head coach for one game, and then hired former Roughnecks player Jeff Dowling as the second head coach in Roughnecks history on March 9, 2007.[1] He was replaced as Head Coach for the 2008 season by Troy Cordingley[2], while former Toronto Rock Head Coach Terry Sanderson was added as Assistant Coach.

In 2008, Calgary finished 3rd in the West with a 7-9 record, beat Colorado in the division semi-final, but lost in the division final to the Portland LumberJax. Despite this relatively successful season, general manager Kurt Silcott was fired.[3] Team President Brad Banister gave no reason for the firing other than to say that "the team and Silcott are heading into different directions, and this move would allow both parties to succeed to their full potential" and that he would take over as interim GM.[4]

The 2009 season was the most successful in team history. After opening the year with a record five straight wins, the Roughnecks finished the season 12-4. This allowed Calgary to take first overall in the NLL for the first time ever. They would go on to defeat the Colorado Mammoth and San Jose Stealth in the playoffs and then triumph over the New York Titans 12-10 in the Champion's Cup final to win their first NLL championship since 2004.[5]

Awards & honors

Year Player Award
2009 Troy Cordingley Les Bartley Award[6]
2007 Tracey Kelusky Sportsmanship Award[7]
2004 Taylor Wray Rookie of the Year
Taylor Wray Defensive Player of the Year (tie with Cam Woods)
Curtis Palidwor Champion's Cup MVP
2003 Brad Banister Executive of the Year


Calgary Roughnecks roster
Active (23-man) roster Inactive roster Coaches
  • 30 Canada Matt King
  • 33 Canada Chris Levis


  • 16 Canada Mike Carnegie
  • 24 Canada Scott Carnegie
  • 20 Canada Bruce Codd
  • 26 Canada Craig Gelsvik
  • 55 Canada Mike Kilby
  • 15 Canada Rob Kirkby
  •  6 Canada John Lintz
  • 10 Canada Curtis Manning
  • 37 Canada Andrew McBride
  • 80 Canada Peter McFetridge
  • 14 Canada Jeff Moleski


  • 40 Canada Nolan Heavenor
  •  7 Canada Rob Van Beek
  •  4 Canada Devan Wray

Unable to play

Head Coach
  • Dave Pym

Assistant Coaches

  • Rod Jensen
  • Curt Malawsky

  • * Suspended list
  • (C) Captain
  • (A) Alternate captain

Roster updated 2008-12-24
NLL Transactions

All time record

Season Division W-L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
2002 Northern 4–12 T–3 2–6 2–6 224 264 Kevin Melnyk*,
Chris Hall
Missed playoffs
2003 Northern 9–7 T–2 6–2 3–5 209 207 Chris Hall Lost in quarterfinals
2004 Western 10–6 3rd 4–4 6–2 214 187 Chris Hall Won Championship
2005 Western 10–6 1st 6–2 4–4 216 208 Chris Hall Lost in division finals
2006 Western 9–7 3rd 4–4 5–3 183 178 Chris Hall Lost in division semifinals
2007 Western 9–7 2nd 4–4 5–3 219 202 Chris Hall,
Jeff Dowling
Lost in division semifinals
2008 Western 7–9 3rd 5–3 2–6 183 178 Troy Cordingley Lost in division finals
2009 Western 12–4 1st 5–3 7–1 206 167 Troy Cordingley Won Championship
Total 8 seasons 70–58   36–28 34–30 1654 1591    
Playoff Totals   7–5   4–3 3–2 163 154    

* Resigned prior to beginning of season

Playoff Results

The Roughnecks have qualified for the NLL playoffs seven times, winning the Champion's Cup in 2004 and 2009.

Season Game Visiting Home
2003 Quarterfinals Calgary 9 Buffalo 16
2004 Division Semifinal Calgary 15 San Jose 14
Division Final Calgary 13 Colorado 11
Championship Buffalo 11 Calgary 14
2005 Division Final Arizona 19 Calgary 15
2006 Division Semifinal Calgary 17 Colorado 18
2007 Division Semifinal Arizona 13 Calgary 9
2008 Division Semifinal Calgary 15 Colorado 13
Division Final Portland 16 Calgary 12
2009 Division Semifinal Colorado 8 Calgary 15
Division Final San Jose 5 Calgary 17
Championship New York 10 Calgary 12


  1. ^ "Jeff Dowling named Calgary head coach". March 9, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-09.  
  2. ^ "Bandit becomes 'Necks New Bench Boss". Calgary Roughnecks web site. July 4, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-05.  
  3. ^ "Roughnecks GM Kurt Silcott Fired". May 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-22.  
  4. ^ "Roughnecks Release General Manager Kurt Silcott". Calgary Roughnecks website. May 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-22.  
  5. ^ "Roughnecks defeat Titans to win second NLL championship". May 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15.  
  6. ^ "Cordingley Coach of the Year, Comeau GM". May 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-07.  
  7. ^ "Kelusky wins Sportsmanship Award". April 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-30.  

See also

External links

Preceded by
Toronto Rock
National Lacrosse League Champions
Succeeded by
Toronto Rock
Preceded by
Buffalo Bandits
National Lacrosse League Champions
Succeeded by


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