Peterborough Timbermen send 2 to the NLL Active Roster

by Lance Winn

Nick Damude

If you have watched the Peterborough Timbermen of the Arena Lacrosse League this winter, you have enjoyed the spectacular goals of Cameron Simpson and the highlight reel saves of goalie Nick Damude. Now both have a chance to fill their dreams by playing in the NLL with the Rochester Knighthawks. 

Damude, recently signed to the Knighthawks practice roster has seen his work in the ALL with the Timbermen as well as at practice with the Knighthawks be rewarded as he has been activated to the main roster of the Knighthawks (having the practice roster tag removed) and could see game action as early as next weekend. 

The Knighthawks also announced that Simpson, a 32 point getter with the Timbermen including 20 goals, has also signed a practice roster card with the team but was immediately activated as well to the main roster (maintaining practice roster status) and could join Damude in seeing his first pro action sometime next weekend as the Knighthawks don't play again until March 15 at home against the Georgia Swarm.

"Cameron Simpson has been a dedicated player that started the year with the goal to play in the NLL" stated Peterborough Timbermen General Manager and Head Coach Joe Sullivan. "This week that goal came true. Cam has been phenomenal in the room with his teammates and he leads by example on floor with his strong inside game, many times taking on 2 or more defenders and finishing with a highlight reel goal".

Speaking about Nick Damude, Sullivan had this to say. "Nick in net for us has given us so much confidence to stretch ourselves defensively to add pressure to opposing teams offense. He has been working hard at practices on and off the floor, including working with the coaches in the video room, breaking down the opposition shooting tendencies. He's a young goalie that knows he still has lots to learn as he grows in the position, but he welcomes the challenge and being moved to the active roster of the Knighthawks has proven hard work gets rewarded."

Sullivan added "These two players exemplify what the ALL does as a league and we as a team are striving to do; provide players a place to develop their skills and get to the next level. I am thrilled and proud to see these two athletes get such an opportunity."

The Arena Lacrosse League and the Peterborough Timbermen wish these two young athletes great success at the NLL level.