The defending Major Indoor Lacrosse League champion Philadelphia Wings received a major blow yesterday when the MILL announced that 1994 team MVP and crowd favorite Paul Gait has been assigned to the expansion Rochester (N.Y.) Knighthawks for the upcoming season.

 Gait, who resides and works in Syracuse, N.Y., requested the assignment, citing personal and professional commitments.

 “I loved playing in Philadelphia,” said Gait, who recorded 44 points in the eight-game regular season and 19 in two playoff games for the Wings. “The fans have been very supportive of me and the Wings. I hate to leave, but my personal and professional circumstances made the decision to request reassignment necessary.”

 In his four-year MILL career, Gait has 139 goals and 65 assists. He and his twin brother, Gary, who remains a member of the Wings, were signed by Philadelphia in 1992.

(Philadelphia Daily News, October 27, 1994)

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