BUFFALO, N.Y. (Bandits) – The National Lacrosse League today announced that Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares will serve as captain for the Eastern All-Star team at this Sunday’s NLL All-Star Game at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. The game will air live on VERSUS and NLL.com at 2 p.m.
Tavares, appearing in his NLL-record ninth All-Star Game, will captain a team that includes fellow Bandits Mark Steenhuis, Chris White and Brett Bucktooth. Tavares leads the Bandits with 35 points (13+22) in seven games in 2011. The most prolific scorer in NLL history, Tavares holds the NLL career records for goals (705), assists (799) and points (1,504). In eight previous All-Star Games, Tavares has scored 29 points (16+13).
The league also announced that two other Bandits personalities will be a part of the festivities. John Gurtler will handle the television broadcast play-by-play and Chris Swenson will serve as the game’s public address announcer.