The Buffalo Bandits today announced the team has signed defenseman Bryce Sweeting to a one-year contract and forward Sam La Roue to a three-year contract. Both contracts are pending league approval.
Sweeting (6’2”, 204 lbs., 7/7/1994) will enter his fourth season with the Bandits after finishing the 2021-22 season with three assists, 10 caused turnovers and 57 loose ball recoveries in 16 regular season games. Sweeting tied his career-high in assists (3) and set a new career-best in loose balls recovered (57). He appeared in two playoff games for the Bandits, registering five loose ball recoveries in the pair of games.
The Peterborough, Ontario native has totaled 16 points (4+12) and 213 loose ball recoveries in 79 career regular season games, which includes eight points (1+7) and 133 loose ball recoveries in 42 games with the Bandits. Prior to being acquired by the Bandits through a series of trades during the 2018 season, Sweeting spent the first three seasons of his career (2015-16 to 2017-18) with the Colorado Mammoth after being drafted by in the team in the fourth round (32nd overall) of the 2015 NLL Entry Draft.
La Roue (6’4”, 210 lbs., 6/3/2002) will enter his second season with the Bandits after appearing in two games during the 2021-22 season. La Roue made his NLL debut on Dec. 4 vs. Calgary and recorded two loose ball recoveries in as many contests.
The Surrey, British Columbia native was selected in the second round (19th overall) of the 2020 draft by the Bandits. La Roue made his BC Junior A Lacrosse League debut as a 16-year-old in 2019, recording 39 points (14+25) in 20 games. Drafted first overall by the Burnaby Lakers in the 2019 BCJALL Midget Draft, La Roue began his rookie year with the Lakers before finishing the season with the New Westminster Salmonbellies.