Marty Dinsdale has had a roller-coaster ride in the National Lacrosse League since he was selected seventh overall by Calgary in the 2012 draft.
A 2015 trade to the Rush made him teammates with first overall pick Mark Matthews and Curtis Knight selected right after him in the eighth slot.
Dinsdale spent most of 2016 on the practice roster after scoring the Champion's Cup-winning goal over Toronto the previous spring. Marty is heading into his second straight season on the main roster after setting personal bests with 14 goals and 14 assists in 18 games.
As for this season, Dinsdale didn't want to attach numbers to his goals for 2018.
"You want to get better," said Dinsdale. The forward who scored the game-opening goal in three of the first five games in 2017 said improving his overall game is his main goal.
"Whether it's points-wise, or just little things you do on the floor, you just want to get better, so I've been working hard in the off-season and looking forward to getting that first game in."
Dinsdale concentrated offseason training after his summer league season ended.
"The first priority is kind of getting the body healthy, so working on any nicks or injuries, but then a lot of strength training and hitting the track and getting some good cardio sessions in as well."
Dinsdale felt there was a renewed excitement and motivation to recapture the Champions Cup during training camp, especially with the additions of goalie Evan Kirk and sniper Jeff Shattler.
"I think we've got a good crew, we've got a couple of new pieces that I think are going to help us out right away, so hopefully we can get off to a better start and take control of our season early on here," said Dinsdale.
The regular season opens Saturday in Toronto with first face-off set for 6 p.m. The Rush-hour pregame show on 98-COOL signs on at 5 o'clock. The home opener against former netminder Aaron Bold and the New England Blackwolves is Saturday, Dec. 23 on Co-op Field at SaskTel Centre.