The Saskatchewan Rush lacrosse team is happy to continue it’s partnership with TD bank, by announcing it as the official bank of the team, during a press conference at the Saskatchewan Rush Team Store on January 4.
TD has been involved with the Rush since the club moved to the province, and the two organizations have teamed up numerous time.
“This partnership really aligns well with how we choose to invest in communities,” said TD District Vice President Ryan Barclay, during the press conference. “TD is ready commitment, which focuses on a couple of key areas. First and foremost the environment and also helping people improve their financial security and health. And lastly bringing communities together, helping everyone feel like they can participate and interact with all the things that are happening in their communities.”
Saskatchewan Rush owner Bruce Urban has been appreciative of the relationship the team has had with TD bank and he said he’s honoured to have this strong partnership with TD.
“It’s a company, that they’re commitment to the community is second to none and they understand the responsibility of giving back” said Urban during the press conference. “To say you’re partnered with a philanthropic organization like TD Bank (that) believes in cooperate responsibility, building stronger and better communities, is something we’re very, very proud of.”
In previous seasons, TD as partnered with the Rush during the annual Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Game. Funds were raised to go toward the children’s hospital. TD also supported the Kid Captain initiative and now they will support the Rush Junior Reporter program.”
At the press conference the Rush also announced re-signing defenceman Nik Bilic to a new two-year contract. Bilic was recently an unsigned player and he had been part of the Rush organization since 2012.
“We’re thrilled to have the final piece of the puzzle and what we think is one of the greatest on and off the floor characters in professional lacrosse,” Urban said at the press conference.
Rush player Ben McIntosh also believes that re-signing Bilic was important to the team because Bilic has been a key contributor to the Rush recent success. McIntosh also mentioned that in the first matchup of the season against New England, the Rush could’ve be better in transition and he thinks Bilic will them improve in that aspect of the game.
“He’s a really good transition guy, he’s a solid D guy and he’s a big piece to our puzzle, so we’re happy to have him back,” McIntosh said.
During the press conference the Rush announced signing former Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant as a honourary member of the team for a home game against the Rochester Knighthawks on January 19.
“Darian will be hosting a pre-game event with Rush corporate partners and media. And at halftime, he’ll be trying his hand at lacrosse and tossing the pigskin around with some lucky contest winners,” said Brandon Urban, business development & media relations personnel of the Saskatchewan Rush. “We can’t wait to have Darian Durant in the house for a Saskatchewan Rush game.”
The Rush’s home-opener is on January 5 at 7:30 p.m., against the National Lacrosse League’s newest team the San Diego Seals. The Rush will also be raising their 2018 championship banner.
“I like watching the banner go up because then you get the video that goes along with it and it kind of pumps you up right before the game,”McIntosh said.
McIntosh as been part of all three championship teams for the Rush and he said the banner raising ceremony never gets old.
“You work so hard all year to do something like that. So you do have to appreciate those wins and that’ll be the closing on last year and we’ll be ready to go for 2019 after that,” McIntosh said.