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Players are part-time pros

Who are the Vancouver Stealth?

The Stealth are made up of players ranging in age from as young as 21 to their elder statesman at age 32.

The league operates under a salary cap, with each team permitted to spend $400,000 on their roster.

While there is variation in salaries for rookies compared to veterans, the average salary is about $20,000 per player.

Some of the players are still students, while the rest hold full-time jobs, ranging from Curtis Hodgson, a teacher/athletic director to Rhys Duch, a personal trainer, to name a couple.

“The beauty of this league is that these are regular guys playing the sport because they love it,” said Stealth general manager Doug Locker.

Playing the sport is not without sacrifice, as they will work full-time during the week and then spend evenings practising and weekends away at games.

The Stealth begin the NLL season on the road Jan. 4 in Denver as they face the Colorado Mammoth. The team’s first home game at the LEC is Jan. 11 against the Minnesota Swarm.

The teams — split into a five-team Eastern Conference and four-team Western Conference — play an 18-game schedule.

The games will be broadcast on TSN, TSN2, ESPN3 and Youtube.

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