June 15, 2001 -- Expansion was in the air for the National Lacrosse league in the summer of 2001. The NLL was adding four teams that summer -- Calgary, Vancouver, New Jersey, Columbus.
When there is expansion, there are expansion drafts. Care to guess which team had the first pick in that draft?
Yes, the Buffalo Bandits, who had played nine years at that point.
On this day, the Bandits took Chris Langdale from Toronto with the first pick in the draft. Buffalo acquired the first pick in the draft from Calgary in exchange for goalie Derek Collins and forward Chris Pat.
Buffalo started losing players soon after that choice. Rick Catton went to Vancouver with the thir pick, and Columbus grabbed Phil Wetherup with the fourth choice and Andy Duden with the 10th pick. Paul Talmo went to New Jersey as the 21st pick. By the way, future Bandit Darryl Gbison went to New Jersey in that draft, and future Bandits announcer Randy Mearns was taken by Calgary.
Langdale had helped the Toronto Rock win two NLL championships. He stayed in Buffalo through 2006, his last year in the league.
For more information on the Bandits' 2002 season, click here.
--- Budd Bailey