By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Matt Vinc – Signed by the Bandits in 2018

It seemed only fitting that Matt Vinc turned up in a Buffalo Bandits’ uniform after several years out of town. After all, he got his start in our city some years ago.

Vinc was something of an unlikely candidate to become the greatest goalie  in indoor lacrosse history. He was an outdoor longstick defender at Canisius College. Vinc actually made Canadian national teams while playing defense on a part-time basis. It took him a year to become a regular, but settled in with the New York Titans in 2007. Eventually he landed in Rochester, and started a spectacular eight-year run with the Knighthawks in 2011.

Vinc became a free agent in the fall of 2018, and there were reports that the Knighthawks were preparing to move to Halifax in 2020. Vinc had a job in St. Catharines, Ont., and wasn’t too interested in commuting to Nova Scotia. The Bandits came along and offered him a long-term contract. Vinc didn’t miss a beat here, winning his seventh goaltender of the year award in 2019. He was doing fine in 2020 when the season was halted due to COVID-19. A championship in Buffalo down the road certainly would cause this rating to rise.

Let’s hear what Matt has been doing this summer:

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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