The Colorado Mammoth finalized their official 21-man active roster for the 2018-19 regular season, as announced on Monday.
The active roster features 19 players returning from last season, in which the Mammoth finished with an 11-7 record. Two newcomers made the active roster including third-round 2018 NLL Entry Draft Pick, Julian Garritano and three-time NLL Champion’s Cup winner, John Lintz.
Below is a full breakdown of the Mammoth’s 2018-19 roster:
Forwards: (7) Ryan Benesch, (16) Ryan Lee, (17) Chris Wardle, (20) Jacob Ruest, (28) Stephen Keogh, (35) Jeremy Noble, (51) Eli McLaughlin
This season, the Mammoth’s group of seven forwards are all returners, including the team’s top-five scorers from last season: Ryan Benesch (36 goals, 57 assists), Stephen Keogh (30 goals, 24 assists), Eli McLaughlin (29 goals, 20 assists), Jeremy Noble (25 goals, 57 assists) and Jacob Ruest (22 goals, 45 assists).
Defensemen: (3) Tim Edwards, (4) Josh Sullivan, (8) Brent Adams, (11) Taylor Stuart, (18) Robert Hope, (23) Jordan Gilles, (25) Brad Self, (27) Scott Carnegie, (37) Dan Coates, (82) Joey Cupido, (86) John Lintz, (94) Julian Garritano
Doubling-down defensively, the Mammoth will soon open their 2018-19 campaign with a 12-man defense, whereas the team began with nine defenseman on the active roster last season.
Returners include 2018 Transition Player of the Year Joey Cupido; 2018 Mammoth captain Robert Hope, who led the team with 31 caused-turnovers and 151 loose balls; and Tim Edwards, the team’s 2017-18 faceoff specialist and one of only three players to force 20 or more caused-turnovers (20).
2015-16 Mammoth captain Dan Coates is also returning to the turf, looking strong in the 2018 preseason after healing from an ACL injury last season.
Notably, rookie defenseman Julian Garritano, the Mammoth’s third selection in the 2018 NLL Entry Draft (35th overall), is the only Mammoth draft pick to start on the 2018-19 active roster. The former Sacred Heart University captain netted 18 goals as a senior in 2018 and ranked fifth on the team with 20 points.
Coming to Colorado from Vancouver, veteran defenseman John Lintz’s first Mammoth season will be the decade-mark in his NLL career. Lintz’ move to Colorado is a return to the turf after joining the Vancouver Stealth’s coaching staff as defensive coordinator in the 2017-18 season.
Goalies: (39) Steve Fryer, (45) Dillon Ward
Dillon Ward, the Mammoth’s MVP in back-to-back seasons (2017, 2018), is returning to the net for his sixth season with the Mammoth. Last season, Ward allowed the second-least goals against (199) of any NLL starting goaltender. Steve Fryer returns for his second season as Ward’s relief. Fryer appeared in his first career-start last March against the Buffalo Bandits making 45 saves on 52 shots-on-goal.
Practice Players: Rowan Kelly, Steven Lee, Jeff Wittig, Kyle Killen
Four players, all rookies except for second-year Rowan Kelly, were placed on the Mammoth’s practice roster. Players include the Mammoth’s first pick in the 2018 NLL Entry Draft (22nd overall), Kyle Killen, as well as their fifth pick (72nd overall), Steven Lee.
The Mammoth open their 2018-19 campaign at Pepsi Center on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. The Mammoth's home opener against the San Diego Seals will also be their second-annual Teddy Bear Toss game, benefiting A Precious Child. Tickets are on sale now at AltitudeTickets.com.