The New England Black Wolves came into training camp for the 2018 season with several new faces. Veteran acquisitions such as David Brock and Aaron Bold arrived alongside rookie draft picks such as Colton Watkinson and Anthony Joaquim.
The player that impressed the ownership and coaching staff the most, however, wasn’t entirely new. Rather, he was returning to Mohegan Sun after two years away: Mark Cockerton.
"I didn’t know Mark. I wasn’t here when the team drafted him," Black Wolves coach Glenn Clark said. "He re-committed himself to finding his way back. He’s in very good shape. He’s very fit. He had a real good season in the pro field league, and I think he was motivated to show he’s worthy of that draft position and really wanted to make a real run at it. He was very good in training camp."
The Black Wolves made Cockerton the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NLL Entry Draft, the first draft the franchise participated in after moving to Connecticut.