The Baltimore Blast will retire Mike Reynolds' jersey number during the first home game of the 1991-92 season to honor the defender, who died Monday as the result of a stroke, a spokesman said yesterday.
Drew Forrester, director of public relations, said the Blast will wear black armbands bearing Reynolds' number, 3, during the regular season and in any playoff appearances.
Forrester also said the Blast's Unsung Hero Award has been renamed the Mike Reynolds Trophy. The award, which Reynolds won for the 1989-90 season, is voted on by team members and will be presented at the last regular-season home game.
Reynolds died at age 27 after suffering a massive stroke Saturday during a soccer clinic.
Reynolds' family has requested that condolences be sent to: Turner and Porter Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5G-1E4.
Anyone who wishes to make a donation to a charity in Reynolds' name may do so, Forrester said. The funeral will be Saturday.
* Also yesterday, the Blast announced it has acquired Paul Wright from the San Diego Sockers.
The Blast (21-31 last season) and the Crunch (29-23) claimed Wright off the waiver list, but under MSL rules, the team with the lower winning percentage is awarded the player.
Wright, who had 38 goals for the Sockers last season, is recognized as the fastest player in the league.
"The only thing I've seen quicker is the Concorde jet," Blast coach Kenny Cooper said. "People like Wright . . . they fly, they literally go at top speed. He's the type of player that can give you an edge every time he steps out on the floor."
The Blast also has exercised the right of first refusal on eight players. Joe Barger, Dominic Feltham, Hank Henry, Mark Mettrick, Dale Mitchell, Angelo Panzetta, Billy Ronson and Rusty Troy have 30 days to accept the Blast's offer for next season or find a team to better it. The Blast then has 10 days to match that offer or lose the player.
Three players to whom the right of first refusal does not apply are Domenic Mobilio, Mike Stankovic and Scott Manning.
Stankovic is a free agent, and Mobilio became a free agent the last day of the Blast's regular season. Manning will become a free agent at the end of August.
Forrester said the Blast has talked extensively with Mobilio's agent and has begun negotiating with Stankovic.