New England Lacrosse Journal - April 2017 - 11
NEW ENGLAND BLACK WOLVES
New England Black Wolves
By Phil Shore
N SEPTEMBER 2008, the expansion National Lacrosse League franchise
Boston Blazers held the first pick in the collegiate draft. The team selected
forward Daryl Veltman from Hobart College.
Veltman spent the first two years of his career with the Blazers, before being traded to the Calgary Roughnecks in a deal that brought NLL champion
Josh Sanderson - who finished his career in 2016 as the fourth-best all-time
scoring leader - to Boston.
Veltman played five years in Calgary and then signed a two-year contract
with the Buffalo Bandits. The team released him midway through the 2017
It was time for Veltman to come back to New England.
"It's funny because my first flight in, we flew into Boston," he said. "Just flying in, I was
getting déjà vu flying to Logan, getting in the shuttle, driving in the tunnel. I pointed out
where we used to live, hang out, go to dinner. It brought back a lot of memories."
He's a different player than his first stint in New England, but he still is productive, still
is helping his team win and still has championship aspirations with the Connecticut-based
"I'm 31 years old and I want to win a championship," he said. "New England has the
parts to do that."
a subtle boost
His first two seasons with the Blazers
were his most successful, statistically speaking. As a rookie, Veltman tallied career
highs with 34 goals, 43 assists and 77 points.
He followed that up with a 23-goal, 42-assist, 65-point season.
The team made the playoffs both years.
While they were eliminated in the quarterfinals both times, Veltman was a top contributor. He had three goals and four assists in his
lone playoff game in 2009, and three goals
and three assists in one playoff game in 2010.
"I came in as a rookie to a new team,
which was in my favor," he said. "There
weren't any set plays or go-to guys. It was
a clean slate. Everyone that played had an
opportunity to improve themselves and find
where they fit."
His time between the Blazers and the
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