Photo by Jeff Bell – UltiPhotos.com; Graphic by Kevin Lee
For their second season the Vancouver Nighthawks have signed ten new players. Some are young up-and-comers, some are in the middle of their career and there are several grizzled veterans masquerading as rookies.
We sat down with Nighthawks Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Lugsdin to learn more about the 2014’s new recruits.
Gagey, as he is known to his teammates, wears jersey #10 and will play as a cutter on the O-line. Standing at 6-foot-1, he will turn 21 just as the season is starting and coaches a high school team in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey where he grew up and still lives.
He’s a young guy who made [Vancouver’s top touring team] Furious George last fall and was on the starting O-line. He’s a good receiver, not a big thrower right now but very calm with the disc and doesn’t make mistakes. He has really good potential.
Doyle wears jersey #4 and will play as a cutter on the D-line. He will turn 35 just as the season ends and measures 5-foot-10. He has played competitively since 2007.
Doyle is a D-line grinder, fast but not particularly tall, so he needs a good match-up to be effective. He is a good cutter on the transition to offense after a turnover and a very conservative thrower.
Greer wears jersey #11 and will play on the D-line. He is 6-foot-3 and 22 years old. Greer has represented Canada at the U-19 and U-23 levels and plays for the University of British Columbia where he is in his fifth year on the university team.
Kevin is still raw but shows really good cutting instincts. Tall, athletic, and very confident, his future might be on the O-line as a lane guy but we’ll start off using him mostly on the D-line.
Norris wears jersey #5 and will play as an O-line handler. He is 6-foot-2 and will turn 25 during the season. He has won four Canadian Championships and a World U-23 gold medal, and was Ultimate Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2010. He also coaches a local high school team.
John has strong potential as a thrower. He sees creative throws, but still struggles at times to balance risk vs. reward.
Saito will wear jersey #31 and will play as an O-line cutter. For more detail on his outstanding career in Japan please go here.
Seraglia wears jersey #39 and has enjoyed a 20-year career as a top level player, during which he has won a World Games gold medal, two WFDF World Championships and numerous Canadian Championships. He is 6-foot-2 and recently turned 39.
Marc has been a D-liner who covers lane cutters, but has transitioned to more of an O-line lane cutter. We’ll have to see where he fits this year. He is also good in the air.
Sinclair wears jersey #37 and will play as a D-line cutter. He is 6-foot and will turn 23 later this month. He has won provincial and national championships and has also been a top level rugby and hockey player.
Myles has a great attitude, plays hard and plays physical, just what you want from a D-line grinder. He doesn’t look pretty on offense but is effective.
Tejpar wears jersey #81 and can play a variety of positions. He is 5-foot-10 and will turn 23 in April. He played on the Hong Kong Open team at the 2012 WFDF World Championships.
Rumi is a really good athlete. He is still a raw player but has really good potential, with good throwing mechanics and a great first step. He’s quick and fast with good hops.
Wong wears jersey #98 and will play as a cutter on the O-line. He is 6-foot and recently turned 31. He has been playing since 1998 and loves to score goals.
‘Brendo’ is a really good athlete, a great cutter with good ups and conservative with his throws.
Yu wears jersey #24 and will play as a handler on the D-line. He is 5-foot-7 and is only 19 years old. Remarkably for someone at this level, he has been playing for only five years. He also plays for Furious George and the University of British Columbia men’s team.
Peter is a smart player, especially for someone so young. He plays really good defense on handlers, has strong throwing skills and makes good handler cuts. He makes up for his lack of size with quickness and speed.
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