Reigning Champion Dallas Roughnecks Re-Sign Kurt Gibson, Jimmy Mickle; Add Froude

January 18, 2017

The Dallas Roughnecks have re-signed MVP runner-up Jimmy Mickle along with superstar Kurt Gibson for the 2017 season, per Evan Lepler's "Tuesday Toss" column.

“I’m really excited to be playing with the Roughnecks in 2017, honestly probably more excited than in 2016,” Mickle said of his decision to re-sign with the team. Although the Roughnecks will return arguably their two most important players from last season's undefeated championship run, they will also be losing two other superstars in Beau Kittredge and Cassidy Rasmussen, who are headed back to the Bay Area to play with the San Francisco FlameThrowers next season.

“Without Beau and Cassidy, I feel a little bit more ownership of the team. It’s going to be a younger and less experienced team, but that often means more fun. We have lofty goals for the season again, both on and off the field.”

After finishing the 2016 regular season 14-0 with the top ranked scoring offense (28.5 goals per game) and second ranked scoring defense (19.1 goals per game), the Roughnecks have a difficult first act to follow. Gibson and Mickle will be joined by other Roughnecks returners Chris Mazur, Dan Emmons, and Matt Jackson, that latter two being named to the 2016 All-Defense Team with a combined 46 blocks.

That core of players will be further bolstered by the news that former Madison Radicals standout Jay Froude will be joining Dallas in 2017. Originally known for his defense, Froude has matured into an all-around force with Madison over the past two seasons, putting up 31 assists, 30 goals, and 31 blocks in just 298 points played.