Former Tri-City Americans defenseman Jarrett Toll has shelved his hockey career for the time being.
Jarrett, along with former Americans forward Johnny Lazo, laced up their skates last season for the University of Alberta. Toll was selected by the Edmonton Rush in the 5th round of the 2010 National Lacrosse League draft, and split his time between hockey and lacrosse last season. But, the schedules were too demanding once lacrosse started in January.
"As of now, I’m done with hockey," Jarrett said Friday afternoon. "With lacrosse, it makes more sense. I wanted to do both, but it didn’t worked with the coaches. It was pretty intense last year. When I was doing both, my main commitment was to hockey and the lacrosse team was OK with that, but not anymore."
With lacrosse, Jarrett draws a paycheck, which is worth more than the hockey portion of his University of Alberta scholarship. Jarrett will continue to attend school and live with Johnny and former Ams teammate Kruise Reddick, who will join the Golden Bears this season.
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"I don't think it has really set in yet," Jarrett said of giving up hockey. "I'm still living with Johnny and Reds. I think when they are going off to hockey, it will set in."
Jarrett will have a little piece of hockey with him on the lacrosse field — he wears No. 3 for the Rush, the same number he wore when he played for the Americans and the Golden Bears.
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Keep up with Johnny and Kruise with the Golden Bears here.
In other alumni news, former Americans enforcer Riley Emmerson is engaged to be married. His soon-to-be bride is Jennifer Shannon. The 6-7 hockey player and 6-4 former soccer player and model will marry next year. "She's beautiful," Emmerson said. "Way out of my league."
And, former Ams defenseman Logan Stephenson is going to play in Austria this season with his brother Shay (Red Deer, 2000-04).