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Three former Bandits among six nominated for NLL Hall

Three former Buffalo Bandits are among the six nominees for the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame Class of 2011.

Troy Cordingley, Steve Dietrich and Ted Dowling all spent time with the Bandits during their illustrious careers.

Cordingley played seven of his nine seasons with the Bandits. He played on two championship-winning teams in Buffalo, including the 1993 team that is the only team in NLL history to go through the regular season and playoffs undefeated. He finished his career with 312 points in the regular season.

Dietrich, a goaltender, played for the Bandits from 2002-2007, earning League MVP honors in 2006. He made 5,531 career saves over 18 seasons in the NLL, and won a championship in 1997 with Rochester.

Dowling won a championship with Buffalo in 1996, one of two in his career. He played for 10 different teams in 14 seasons in the league, earning 597 points.

Other nominees include: Pat Coyle, a defenseman who played 12 seasons in the league, winning four championships with Toronto and one with Colorado; Curt Malawsky, who played for Rochester, San Jose, Arizona, Vancouver and Calgary during his 12-season career, amassing 537 career points; and Bob Watson, a goaltender who played 15 seasons and won six championships with Toronto.

Voting begins later this week, and the Hall of Fame Class of 2011 is expected be to announced on July 25th.

---Sam Kilb


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Budd Bailey

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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.