Shanahan returns and Playsted and Power join Tmen

by Dan Marshall

The Nanaimo Timbermen have confirmed three players for the 2023 season.

Goaltender Devlin Shanahan will return to the team while Jacob Power and Kyle Playsted come to the Timbermen from the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League.

Shanahan held a 5-1 record with the Tmen in 2022 with a 9.17 goals against average and a .802 save percentage.

He also posted a 5-3 record with an 8.47 GAA and .823 save percentage in the WLA playoffs.

In the National Lacrosse League Shanahan is a member of the Buffalo Bandits where he shares the crease with veteran netminder Matt Vinc.

Timbermen President Chris Bowman is pleased the team was able to bring Shanahan back.

“Shanny was great for us last year and we are looking forward to seeing him take another step forward in his career this season.”

Playsted has been a top scorer for the Junior A Mounties for the past two years. He led the RMLL in scoring in 2021 and finished second in scoring last year with 74 points in 14 games.

The Calgary product is in his Junior year at Bellarmine where he is leading the team in scoring with 19 goals and 25 assists in nine games.

Power helped the Junior A Miners make a run to the Minto Cup final last year. 

He had nine goals and two assists in 13 games in the regular season and put up four goals and two assists in the Minto Cup.

In his Junior year at Belmont Abbey, Power has eight points in nine games.

Bowman sees a good fit for Playsted and Power in Head Coach Tewanee Joseph's system.

“Kyle has been a consistent scorer everywhere he's played and Jacob's speed and scoring in transition will fit in perfectly with the style we love to play.”

The Timbermen open the 2023 WLA season on the road in New Westminster on May 25.

Nanaimo's home opener is June 3 versus Langley.