Langley Events Centre teams: Off-season deals being made

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Short of a sorting through a few legalities, a 30-year-old left-hand player has just signed to play lacrosse in Langley for another two years.

The Vancouver Stealth team, based out of the Langley Events Centre, has signed Corey Small, one of the team's highest scorer.

"I am very excited to be returning to the Vancouver Stealth. From the top down, the organization is first class," Small said Friday, when the announcement was made.

After missing the 2014 season due to injury, the Ontario native returned to the Edmonton Rush in 2015. But was traded to the Vancouver Stealth shortly into the season and bounced back in a big way.

Small is coming off the best season of his career, tying a Stealth franchise record for most points in a single season, said Stealth president and general manager Doug Locker.

Since he joined the Stealth in January 2015, he has dressed in 51 regular season games, scoring 114 goals, receiving 152 assists, and earning 266 points.

""As an organization, we could not be happier today," Locker said.

"Corey is among the elite players in the (National Lacrosse League) NLL and we are thrilled that he will be a member of the Stealth organization for the next several seasons."

Last season, Small had 111 points to his credit, the third best in the NLL, meaning he finished second in the league with 46 goals, third with 65 assists, and runner-up as the league's Most Valuable Player, Locker elaborated.

Anxious to get back in the lacrosse box, Small said he's looking forward to another "great season" and another run at the Champion's Cup with the Stealth.

Speaking highly of the Langley-based team, saying: "They have given me every opportunity to be successful in the league and grow into the player I am today."

The Stealth will be announcing ticket sales for the next season in the upcoming week.

Giants news

In the meantime, there's also some other news coming out of the Langley Events Centre this weekend.

Vancouver Giants shared word of a trade – of sorts.

Jason Ripplinger, the director of player personnel, is leaving the team for another gig.

Ripplinger has been named the new assistant general manager of the Moose Jaw Warriors, said Giants general manager Glen Hanlon.

"We would like to thank Jason for all his years of service. His loyalty to the Giants organization is a quality that we have appreciated and respected."

Wishing him well in his new position, this is like going home for the Prairie boy who hailed from Regina.

Ripplinger served as head scout for the G-Men from the club's inception in 2001, until 2008 when he was named the director of player personnel.

He was a major part of the Vancouver's WHL championship team in 2006, and the Memorial Cup winning team in 2007, Hanlon said.

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