The teams of the National Lacrosse League must cut down to 20 people on their active roster by Monday at noon. It sounds as if Mike Hominuck decided opted to make the decision by the Buffalo Bandits' coaching staff a little easier.
The veteran forward of the Bandits has announced his retirement.
"I wish I could've played one more year, but it wasn't in the cards and I'm happy to be going out a Bandit," Hominuck said. "I will always be a supporter and continue cheering for the Bandits."
Hominuck, 32, played nine seasons in the NLL, three with the Bandits. In 102 games, he finished with 127 goals and 184 assists. Hominuck also played with Minnesota, Edmonton, Toronto and Philadelphia.
He was fairly effective last season with the Bandits. Hominuck did get caught in a numbers game at times last season, as the Bandits brought in many new faces during the 2013 season and had some problems finding adequate playing time for all of them.
For what it's worth, Hominuck was one of the best interviews on the team. He's an eighth-grade teacher in Welland, Ont., and is a smart, interesting person. Speaking as a media member, you hate to see those guys go.
--- Budd Bailey