KNIGHTHAWKS ACTIVATE DYLAN EVANSDec 8, 2017
(December 8, 2017)… The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that the team has activated defenseman Dylan Evans from the physically unable to perform list. To make room for Evans, the Knighthawks moved Eric Shewell to the practice squad and released Greg Longboat.
“I’m happy to be activated for this weekend,” said Evans. “Once the summer season was finished, it was my goal to be ready for Dec. 9. There was a lot of rehab and hard work between then and now but here we are, and I’m ready to go.”
The 29-year-old is now available as the Knighthawks open the season Saturday against the Calgary Roughnecks. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
“With a handful of new faces in the starting lineup, you can’t help but be excited for what’s to come,” he said. “Calgary will be a great test for us on opening night.”
The 2017-18 campaign is Evans’ eighth in the National Lacrosse League. The former free agent has been a perfect fit since the team first signed him prior to the 2011 season. In 100 games, the Brampton, Ontario native has posted seven goals and 27 assists for 34 points. He has also collected 510 loose balls and won a franchise-record 909 faceoffs.
Evans is a two-time winner of the team’s Wolf Pack Award, which recognizes teamwork and dedication. He is also a three-time NLL champion, playing a key role in the team’s run to a league-record three straight titles from 2012-14. In 2012, he was named the team’s Most Improved Player.
Paul Dawson, who has played with Evans in Rochester since 2013, pointed out the important role the veteran plays on the Knighthawks’ defense.
“I am glad to have Dylan back,” said Dawson. “He is a great faceoff guy and someone who does all the little things well.”
A six-year veteran of the Brampton Junior “A” Excelsiors, Evans was known more for his offensive skills early in his career. In fact, he scored 93 goals and added 99 assists for 192 points in 98 games. It wasn’t until his senior career that he shifted to defense. He also rarely took a faceoff until he was encouraged to do so by Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen during his rookie season.
It was Evans’ versatility that earned him a job in the NLL and is what has allowed him to become one of the most dependable members of the Knighthawks.
“Dylan is a quality guy who plays a very important role for us,” said Hasen. “He works hard and plays a good shift on ‘D’. He is quite comfortable in transition and will take the shot when he has the opportunity. He also battles on faceoffs and plays a lot of quality minutes for us.”