The Vancouver Stealth (6-8) announced today that they have signed Jon Harnett to a two-year contract, and placed him on the physically unable to perform list as he recovers from a short term, non-lacrosse related injury.
The eight-year NLL veteran from Orangeville, Ontario was at the Langley Events Centre on Friday night to get to know his new teammates and to take in the Stealth’s victory over the Toronto Rock.
“The guys have been really great and have made me feel at home since the moment I stepped in here. I got to take in the gameday experience with the team and I am super excited after that big win,” said Jon Harnett. “It is exciting to join a team that is in the middle of a playoff run and I am chomping at the bit to get out there and help the team.”
Harnett was selected in the third round (26th overall) in the 2008 NLL Entry Draft and played two years in Boston before spending the majority of his career with the Calgary Roughnecks. The defenseman has scored 10 goals, 62 assists and 72 points. In his 137-game career, he has collected 532 loose balls and has 96 caused turnovers. Harnett plays for the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association where he has appeared in 150 regular season and playoff games, scoring 21 goals, 51 assists and 72 points. He won the Minto Cup in 2008 and 2009 with the Orangeville Northmen and the Mann Cup in 2015 with the Shamrocks.
“We are extremely pleased to add a defender of Jon’s ability to our team,” said President and General Manager Doug Locker. “He is a fierce competitor and brings veteran experience that will help as we go into the stretch run.”
The Stealth hold the third and final playoff spot in the West Division. They look to maintain their lead over Calgary as they visit the Saskatchewan Rush on April 8, 2017 in the NLL Twitter Game of the Week. Vancouver returns home on April 15, 2017, when they go head-to-head with Calgary.