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Saskatchewan Rush re-sign defenceman Mike Messenger

The Saskatchewan Rush announced Dec. 27 it had signed defenceman Mike Messenger to a new three-year deal. File / Global News

The Saskatchewan Rush have re-signed National Lacrosse League (NLL) defenceman Mike Messenger.

“It is great to have Mike back and especially on a three-year deal,” Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan said Thursday in a press release.

“He’s an integral part of our team and will continue to grow into a bigger role.”

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The six-foot-two, 220-pound British Columbia native was selected third overall by Saskatchewan in the 2016 NLL Entry Draft.

Messenger was recognized by the league in his rookie season with a spot on the 2017 NLL all-rookie team.

In his second regular season, he led Rush defenders with eight goals to go along with four assists for 12 points. He was also runner-up on the team with 22 caused turnovers and fourth with 92 loose balls.

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Financial details of his contract were not disclosed.

The defending NLL Cup champions begin their 2018-19 campaign on Dec. 28 when they take on the New England Black Wolves at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

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