by Dan Marshall

The Nanaimo Timbermen are pleased to announce the acquisition of veteran Kyle Belton from the Langley Thunder for the playing rights to goaltender Davide DiRuscio.

Belton was the 4th overall pick in the 2009 WLA Draft by Langley.

In 89 career WLA games Kyle has scored 69 goals and accumulated 158 points.

His most recent Senior A season was 2015 then the 29-year-old had 11 points in 17 games for the Thunder.

Belton was also a third round selection by the Toronto Rock in the 2012 NLL Draft.

He had stints in the NLL with Toronto, Philadelphia, and Vancouver.

Timbermen President Chris Bowman says the 6’0” 185lbs transition veteran brings speed, athleticism, and the ability to play both ends of the floor to the Timbermen roster.

"We were able to move Diruscio's rights because we have the best young goalie tandem in the league. Pete had a great camp with the Calgary Roughnecks and was picked up by the Saskatchewan Rush right after his release from Calgary. He made huge strides in his second year in the WLA and is ready for an even bigger breakout season in 2017!

Mikey Degirolamo was a rookie fresh out of the Whitby Jr. "A" program last year and showed a lot of promise. He has been working hard all off season to be prepared this year and is looking to make an impact.

We picked up a veteran player in Kyle that has excelled on both ends of the floor in his career. We are excited to be able to add a player of his abilities to our program," said Bowman.

The Timbermen are will have a chance to bolster their roster with the upcoming WLA Draft on Feb 16.