Paul Bissonnett­e to get chance to back up lacrosse boast

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

VAN­COU­VER, BRI­TISH COLUMBIA (AP) >> Paul Bissonnett­e will have a chance to back up his lacrosse boast.

Two days after tweet­ing that he could make a Na­tional Lacrosse League team without hav­ing ever played a game, the for­mer NHL player signed a pro­fes­sional try­out Fri­day with the Van­cou­ver War­riors.

“Bissonnett­e will be given every op­por­tu­nity to make the Van­cou­ver War­riors,” War­riors coach Chris Gill said. “Paul talks a pretty big game. Let’s see if he can back it up and be a part of our team.”

The 34-year-old Bissonnett­e, now the ra­dio color com­men­ta­tor for the Ari­zona Coy­otes, played 202 NHL games with Pitts­burgh and Ari­zona. He had seven goals, 15 as­sists and 340 penalty min­utes in his six NHL sea­sons.

He’s gained no­to­ri­ety more for his out­spo­ken and often hu­mor­ous tweets com­ment­ing on hockey and oth­ers sports.

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