Jed Prossner, Jason Bloom, Mike Thompson, Daryl Gibson, Bruce Codd, Cam Sedgwick, and Pat Campbell have made their retirement announcements to the National Lacrosse League. They all plan to not return to the NLL for the 2013 season, at least not as players.
Jason Bloom and Pat Campbell will return to the Washington Stealth and Toronto Rock, respectively, as assistant coaches.
Bloom began his career in 2007 with the Colorado Mammoth. After the 2009 season he found his way to the Stealth organization where he was the team’s captain until now. (Kyle Sorensen plans to takes the “C” in Washington in 2013.) Bloom finished his career with 24 goals and 45 assists and nabbed 299 loose balls over 6 seasons.
Goaltender Pat Campbell, after 14 years in the NLL, will remain on the Rock’s payroll as the goaltending coach. Campbell saw time with four different teams in the NLL and can be seen wearing four championship rings (three with Toronto, one with Calgary).
Jed Prossner has been a reserve player with the Colorado Mammoth over the last two season. However, when given the chance he has shown he has tremendous abilities. In 2010, Prossner scored a career-high 25 goals in 13 games. He finished his short career with 67 goals and 65 assists in 6 seasons.
The Bandits saw two of their players retire after the 2012 season: Daryl Gibson and Mike Thompson. Gibson’s 12-year NLL career had him traveling all over. He was drafted by Albany and played for five other teams before his final three years with Buffalo. Making a positive impact with every team, Gibson came away with two Champions Cup victories in his career.
As for goaltender Mike Thompson, he is a competitor who still has what it takes to be a starting goalie in the NLL. However, Thompson wanted to go out on his own terms, finishing his career with 2148 saves.
Throughout his 13-year National Lacrosse League career, 5-foot-8-inch Bruce Codd proved size means nothing if you play a clean, smart game. Rarely did Codd find himself in the sin bin because of his skilled defensive positioning and knowledge of his sport.
At times Codd’s stick seemed more like a vacuum, sucking up loose balls to total 995 in his career. His most productive season came in 2002 with the Montreal Express. That season he recorded career highs in goals (9), assists (36), points (45), and loose balls (197).
Lastly, Cam Sedgwick, long-time Stealth franchise player called in quits after his team’s disappointing 2012 season. A solid roleplayer on the left-handed side of the offense, the Stealth could always count on Sedgwick for two or three points per game. Ultimately he finished his 11-year career with 147 goals and 282 assists.