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Bandits' notebook: Dietrich retires

If you plan to make an all-time Buffalo Bandits team for their upcoming 20th anniversary season, you might want to give some consideration to Steve Dietrich as the team's starting goalie.

Dietrich announced his retirement from indoor lacrosse on Monday, according to NLL Insider. The veteran had been with the Toronto Rock as a backup to Bob Watson; he will join the Rock as a goalie coach for the 2011 season.

Dietrich played 18 seasons in the NLL, but he'll be remembered for his 2006 season with the Bandits. He was picked as the Most Valuable Player for the league that season, the only time that has ever happened in the league. Dietrich went 10-4 with a goals-against average under 10. John Tavares once said that he's never seen a goalie have a better year than the one Dietrich turned in with the Bandits in 2006.

Dietrich also played with Baltimore, Detroit, Rochester, Calgary and Edmonton over the years.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.