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Wings open season tomorrow at Buffalo

Roster undergoes plenty of changes, even after back-to-back playoff seasons.

THE WINGS will open their 28th National Lacrosse League season tomorrow against the Buffalo Bandits.

The Wings are coming off back-to-back playoff seasons.

Changes were made in the offseason for the Wings, who returned 10 players from last season and added 10 new players.

Key additions include veteran forwards Ryan Ward and Tracey Kelusky and goalie Evan Kirk.

Kelusky arrived in Philadelphia via free agency from the Bandits.

"By acquiring Tracey and Ryan this offseason, we've brought in players with experience and a high lacrosse IQ," coach Blane Harrison said in a news release. "This will only help us by having a strong impact on the rest of the team."

Back from last season are Wings captain Brodie Merrill, leading scorer Kevin Crowley, forwards Jordan Hall and Kevin Ross and defensive standout Brett Manney.

"We were very happy with how our training camp turned out," Harrison said. "We have been able to incorporate skilled players from our free agent camp and teach them our system. This is a change for me to transition to head coach. There are plenty of expectations for the Wings with such a decorated team history."

The Wings' home opener will be at 4 p.m. Jan. 12 against the Bandits.