NANAIMO — A lacrosse superstar will join the Senior B Timbermen on their quest for a 2018 President's Cup.
Jeff Shattler will suit up for host team for a shot at a national title.
The 33-year-old is a two time Mann Cup Champion and has also won the NLL Champions Cup.
He's still at the top of his game with 15 points in his first three games of the National Lacrosse League season with the Saskatchewan Rush.
Timbermen President Shawn Swanson says the opportunity to add player the calibre of a Jeff Shattler doesn't come around very often.
"He'll be here for the second half of the season, playoffs, and President's Cup. He's got NLL and family commitments for the first part of the year. I expect Saskatchewan to go pretty far in the playoffs - they're doing really well right now. So we'll see him later in the season when it matters," said Swanson.
New Tmen coach Kyle Couling knows Shattler very well after the two won the Champions Cup in 2009 with Calgary of the NLL.
"He's a great guy, and an unbelievable athlete," said Couling. "His athleticism is amazing, he's fast and sees the floor very well. He's a great team guy and he's really going to boost all those around him."
According to Swanson the addition of Shattler is the first of many more player acquisitions that will announced in the coming weeks.
"We should have two a week that I've got lined up that we should be releasing. They're mostly island guys, Jeff's the only guy from off the island right now," said Swanson.
Two key pieces the team is looking to add on the floor are an NLL level defender, and a right handed scorer on offense.
Swanson says the Timbermen have also secured some grants to help with the hosting of the President's Cup in August.
There will be some announcements about sponsorship shortly, and possibly an alumni fundraiser event that could see anywhere from 200-300 ex players involved.
The Timbermen will be looking to add some game day volunteers as well as the season draws near.
To help out or to get more information about the President's Cup email Shawn Swanson at [email protected].
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