Niagara Gazette

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February 22, 2010

LACROSSE: N-W grad Kilgour is hoping to get call from Hall

SANBORN — There is no Brett Favre-like drama stirring inside Rich Kilgour. No wondering if he can squeeze one more season out of his 40-year-old frame. No yearning for a last chance to play professional sports in front of a packed venue.

As he prepares for a weeknight practice with the Niagara County Community College men’s lacrosse team he’s set to unveil this spring, Kilgour seems at peace with where he is, even if his haunt is nowhere near the accommodations he got used to playing for the Buffalo Bandits.

Now, Kilgour suits up in a small locker room at NCCC, a ripped couch the only place to relax in a tiny dressing room.

But it hardly seems to bother the former Niagara-Wheatfield star, who finds out today if he’ll be among the National Lacrosse League’s 2010 Hall of Fame class.

“The last two years I dealt with it in my head, but I played until I was 40,” said Kilgour, who played for his brother Darris the last seven seasons in Buffalo. “Darris had to hang it up at 30 because of a bad hip. Troy Cordingly, a great player, had to at 34 or 35 because of his ankle. But I can honestly say I got every possible game out of my career that I could. And maybe a couple extra.”

Now, he’s gearing up for the inaugural season with NCCC, where he was named the program’s first coach.

“You play 18 years, you know the end is coming. I got everything I could out of it, now it’s time to move on,” Kilgour said. “This is a great opportunity here at NCCC and I want to make the most of this, too. Half of being good at anything is preparation and that’s what we’re trying to do here.”

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