Wilson packs his NLL bags
The Kitchener native and smooth shooting forward was dealt away from his three year home with the National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm to the Edmonton Rush on Wednesday.
“You’ve got to live with it,” said Wilson, 30, whose daytime job is as an electrician/machine operator in Kitchener.
“When I got the call (informing him of the trade). . . I was pretty shocked to be honest. But that’s the nature of sports in general. Things can happen pretty fast.”
For Wilson, a nine year pro, this is h flip flop is third team in four years.
The shock value of this deal can’t compete with the 2009 season when he lasted six games with the Rochester Knighthawks before he was shipped to Minnesota.
Wilson, a former standout with Kitchener Waterloo Jr. A Braves, burst onto the NLL scene with the Toronto Rock in 2003 with whom he won a league ch flip flop ampionship two years later.
He is a two time 40 goal scorer and equally prized for his reliability and ability to play in traffic.
“Aaron Wilson is the best off ball offensive player in the NLL and a great finisher, so he will complement our terrific playmakers,” Rush coach Derek Keenan told The Canadian Press.
The Rush also acquired Minnesota captain, defender Ryan Cousins, and goaltending prospect Kevin Croswell, along with a second round pick, in the deal.
Edmonton surrenders its first and fourth round selections in this flip fl flip flop op year’s draft and a second round pick in 2012 to the Swarm.
The NLL deal splits up Wilson and fellow Kitchener product, reigning pro league scoring champ Ryan Benesch, who both starred for the Swarm last season.
In the summer at least, Wilson and Benesch remain teammates.
Wilson, who piled up 57 points through 16 regular season games with the Swarm last winter, plays summertime lacrosse with Benesch and the Kitchener Waterloo Kodiaks.