Black Wolves Announce Roster For 2016 Season

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (December 18, 2015) – The New England Black Wolves of the National Lacrosse League have set their roster for the 2016 season.

The Black Wolves will be anchored by a core of returning veterans, and bolstered by a group of newcomers that includes the reigning NLL Most Valuable Player, Shawn Evans.

Among the returning veterans, 2015 NLL Sportsmanship Award recipient Kyle Buchanan will look to build on a team-leading 37 assists. He is joined by Pat Saunders, who led the Black Wolves in goals (38) and points (68) in 2015, and Brett Bucktooth, who had a career-high 22 goals for New England last season. Other veterans returning for the Black Wolves are goalies Evan Kirk and Tye Belanger, along with Kevin Buchanan, Brett Manney, Ryan Hotaling, Brian Megill and Jim Purves.

Acquired by trade, Evans is a two-time NLL MVP (2013 and 2015) who also led the league in scoring both of those season. He is joined by Kevin Crowley, who returned to the Black Wolves in a trade from Toronto.

Quinn Powless, who missed the majority of the 2015 season due to injury, Bill O’Brien and Sheldon Burns are back for their sophomore seasons with the Black Wolves. Newcomers to the team include Shane MacDonald, acquired from Georgia during the offseason, as well as free agents John Ranagan, Derek Suddons and Dan Ball. Selected 22nd overall in the 2015 NLL Entry Draft, Mike MacDonald is New England’s lone draft selection to make the active roster.

The Black Wolves open the 2016 NLL season January 9th in Vancouver before returning to Connecticut for its home opener against the Calgary Roughnecks on Friday, January 15th at 7 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 1-844-LAX-WOLF (529.9653), e-mailing, and online at




2016 New England Black Wolves Active Roster


Number               Name                                    Position                Height                   Weight                 Hometown

39                           Dan Ball                             D                           5-11                       185                         Barrie, ON

31                           Tye Belanger                      G                            6-1                          85                         Mooretown, ON

91                           Kyle Buchanan                   F                             5-8                         165                         Nepean, ON

27                           Kevin Buchanan                  F                            5-10                        158                         Cockeysville, MD

26                           Brett Bucktooth                   F                            6-1                          200                         Onandaga Nation, NY

71                           Sheldon Burns                    D                             6-1                         185                         Whitby, ON

21                           Kevin Crowley                     F                             6-4                          200                         New Westminster, BC

15                           Shawn Evans                      F                             5-8                          175                         Peterborough, ON

2                             Ryan Hotaling                     T                              6-2                          220                         Syracuse, NY

35                           Evan Kirk                           G                              5-11                        185                         Orangeville, ON

8                             Mike MacDonald                 F                              6-1                          190                         Georgetown, ON

66                           Shane MacDonald               F                              6-0                          205                         Elora, ON

13                           Brett Manney                      D                              6-3                          220                         Newtown, PA

11                           Brian Megill                        D                              6-1                          215                         Clark, NJ

96                           Bill O’Brien                         D                              6-4                          235                         Syracuse, NY

77                           Quinn Powless                    F                              6-2                          220                         Ohsweken, ON

98                           Jimmy Purves                     D                              6-0                          190                         Sarnia, ON

44                           John Ranagan                     D                              6-3                          218                         Yorktown, NY

14                           Pat Saunders                      F                              6-1                          190                         Arthur, ON

7                             Derek Suddons                   D                              6-1                          222                         Whitby, ON


2016 New England Black Wolves Practice Squad Roster


Number               Name                                  Position                Height                     Weight                 Hometown

16                        Phil Caputo                           F                         6-3                       192                      Brampton, ON

6                          Wenster Green                     D                          6-1                       218                     Six Nations, ON

19                         Zac Reid                              D                         6-1                       195                      St. Catharines, ON

42                         Pete Rennie                        D                          6-0                       195                      Barrie, ON


2016 New England Black Wolves Injured Reserve


Number               Name                               Position                    Height                   Weight                 Hometown

5                         Mike Manley                       D                            6-1                        204                   Keuka Park, NY

58                        Mike McNamara                 D                            6-2                        230                   Hamilton, ON

20                        Andrew Suitor                     T                            5-11                      190                    Orangeville, ON