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Logan Schuss looking for a fresh start in Calgary

Lacrosse vet signs one-year deal with Roughnecks
Ladner’s Logan Schuss has signed a one-year contract to play with the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League this season. File Photo

Logan Schuss is looking for a fresh start and he thinks Calgary will afford that opportunity.

Schuss recently signed a one-year deal with the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) bringing his eight-year chapter with the Vancouver Warriors, also of the NLL to a close.

“What a ride it’s been, Vancouver,” Schuss wrote in a post on his social media. “Thank-you to all the amazing fans, team staff, and teammates I’ve had the privilege of getting to know over the last eight years. That being said. I can’t wait to start my new chapter with the Calgary Roughnecks.”

The Ladner native said he will still be living and working in Vancouver and will fly to games in Calgary and elsewhere once the season starts.

“For me, a good opportunity arose,” he told the Optimist. “The last couple of years in Vancouver…I haven’t been myself and I was looking for a fresh change. Calgary will be a good opportunity for that. Vancouver is moving in the direction of bringing some younger players in and I wasn’t maybe in the picture for them in the long run, so I wanted a fresh start and wanted to go to a team that wanted me.

“Coach Josh Sanderson reached out to me and knew I was coming off an injury and battling my way back, but he had all the faith in the world in me coming back stronger and still having a few good years left in me, so I really appreciated that phone call from him and speaking with him. It was a good decision.”

Speaking of that injury, Schuss is six months recovered from his ACL injury that brought his Warriors season last year to a crashing halt.

He said rehab is going well and he’s feeling good.

“I’m definitely ahead of the game. I’ve had some great training staff and people who have been working with me and set me up for success moving forward,” he said. “I don’t think I’ll be 100 per cent by training camp, but I want to go to training camp and work my way back. The team has made it clear that they don’t want me to rush it. They want me healthy and ready to go and ready to make an impact for them, so I really appreciate that.”

Training camp starts late in November and the regular season will start in early December with the full compliment of the schedule beginning in January.

“I’ve been with Vancouver for the last eight to nine years. Sometimes a fresh start is good for a player especially in the latter years of their career,” he said. “I understand that maybe I don’t have five, six, seven years left in me, it’s maybe closer to three, but a lot of the top-end players are playing in their mid to late 30s. Being 32 now I still have some gas left in the tank. I have a lot of desire left. I love this game. Calgary is a great team and I know a lot of the guys having played with them before, so it’s a great fit.”

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The Delta Islanders Junior Lacrosse Club recently announced that Schuss has been named the new general manager for their Junior A and Jb Tier 1 programs.