League announces 2014 NLL Season Award winners

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Sept 21, 2014 (ISN) – Rochester’s Jamieson wins league’s MVP trophy, Minnesota’s Schuss named
Rookie of the Year at first-ever Awards Ceremony*

The National Lacrosse League announced the 2014 NLL Season Award winners
during the first-ever Season Awards Ceremony at Toronto Rock Athletic
Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario on Sunday night. Players, coaches and
executives from around the league were joined by family, friends and fans
to celebrate the three finalists for each award before honoring the winners.

The awards event was highlighted by Rochester Knighthawks forward Cody
Jamieson, who won the 2014 NLL MVP award after leading the league in points
this past season. Minnesota Swarm forward Logan Schuss, the first overall
pick from the 2013 NLL Draft, was voted as the 2014 NLL Rookie of the Year.

The complete summary of award winners, including NLL All-Pro and All-Rookie
Teams, are listed below:

*Most Valuable Player – Cody Jamieson (Rochester Knighthawks)*

Jamieson won the 2014 NLL scoring title with 108 points, tied for second in
the league in assists (72) and tied for sixth overall with 36 goals.
Jamieson recorded at least six points in a game nine times and 10-plus
points a league-high four times. The fourth-year pro scored eight power
play goals, tied for 10th-most in the league, and recovered 70 loose balls
which were 17th-most among NLL forwards. Jamieson helped lead the
Knighthawks to the top of the East Division and second in the NLL with a
14-4 overall record. Jamieson, who hails from Six Nations, Ontario and
played collegiately at Syracuse University, was the first overall pick in
the 2010 NLL Entry Draft.

Toronto Rock forward Garrett Billings was the runner-up for the award for
the third-straight year while Rochester Knighthawks goaltender Matt Vinc
finished third in the voting.

*Rookie of the Year – Logan Schuss (Minnesota Swarm)*

Schuss led all rookies in goals (36), assists (37), points (73) and power
play goals, and finished fourth in loose balls (77) this year. The 36 goals
by Schuss were tied for the sixth-most in the NLL and his 73 points ranked
second on the Swarm and 16th in the league overall. Schuss recorded at
least one point in all 18 games played and four or more points in 10
contests. Schuss won the NLL Rookie of the Month award three-straight times
from February to April. The Ladner, B.C. native played collegiate lacrosse
at the Ohio State University and was the first overall selection in the
2013 NLL Entry Draft.

Colorado Mammoth goaltender Dillon Ward was the runner-up for the award
while Edmonton Rush forward Robert Church finished third in the voting.

*Goaltender of the Year – Matt Vinc (Rochester Knighthawks)*

Vinc, two-time defending NLL Goaltender of the Year, finished second in the
league in save percentage (.798), tied for second in wins (12), and third
in goals against average (9.56), saves (595) and minutes played (947:43) in
2014. The Knighthawks allowed the second-fewest goals in the NLL (167) and
finished atop the East Division with a 14-4 record as Vinc allowed 10 or
fewer goals in 10 games this year. The nine-year NLL veteran is the only
goalie in league history to win the Goaltender of the Year award four times
(2010, 2011, 2013 & 2014). The St. Catharines, Ontario native played
collegiately at Canisius College and was drafted in the first round (6th
overall) of the 2005 NLL Entry Draft.

Edmonton Rush goaltender Aaron Bold was the runner-up for the award while
Buffalo Bandits goalie Anthony Cosmo, who won the award in 2007, finished
third in the voting.

*Transition Player of the Year – Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota Swarm)*

MacIntosh, who becomes just the second player in NLL history to win the
Transition Player of the Year award twice, was third on the Swarm in points
in 2014 and led all NLL transition players in points (61) and goals (23)
while finishing second in assists (38). The third-year pro ranked second in
the league with 204 loose balls, sixth with 198 faceoffs won and tied for
10th in the NLL with 25 forced turnovers. The Oakville, Ontario native
played collegiately at RIT and was Minnesota’s first-round selection (4th
overall) in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft.

Philadelphia Wings transition player Brodie Merrill, who won the award in
2009 & 2010, was the runner-up while Edmonton Rush transition player Jeremy
Thompson finished third in the voting.

*Defensive Player of the Year – Kyle Rubisch (Edmonton Rush)*

Rubisch, the first player in league history to win the Defensive Player of
the Year award three times (2012, 2013 & 2014), led the NLL in 2014 with a
league-record 61 forced turnovers, 25 more than the second-highest total.
The fourth-year pro recorded nine points (2+7), 25 penalty minutes and 156
loose balls, which ranked seventh in the league and second among both
defensemen and non-faceoff men. The shutdown defender helped the Rush limit
opposing teams to a league-low 157 goals this year. The Brampton, Ont.
native, who played collegiately at Dowling College, was the second overall
selection in the 2010 NLL Entry Draft.

Edmonton Rush defenseman Chris Corbeil was the runner-up for the award
while Buffalo Bandits defenseman Steve Priolo finished third in the voting
for the second-straight year.

*Head Coach of the Year (Les Bartley Award) – Derek Keenan (Edmonton Rush)*

Keenan becomes the first coach in league history to win the Les Bartley
Award three times after coaching Edmonton to a historic season which
included a league-record 14-0 start and culminated with a 16-2 record as
the top overall seed in the NLL standings to clinch the franchise’s first
home playoff game. The Rush allowed a league-low 157 goals and finished
second in the league with 220 goals scored. The Oshawa, Ont. native, who
played three seasons in the league, has been head coach of the Rush since
2009. Keenan had five previous years of head coaching experience after five
seasons as an assistant coach. Keenan, who also serves as the Rush’s
general manager, previously won the Les Bartley Award in 2006 and was a
co-winner in 2010.

Rochester Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen, who won the award in 2011, was
the runner-up while Calgary Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky finished
third in the voting.

*General Manager of the Year – Derek Keenan (Edmonton Rush)*

Keenan, who marks the first GM in NLL history to win the General Manager of
the Year award three times, led Edmonton to a 14-0 start and 16-2 record as
the top overall seed in the NLL standings, clinching the franchise’s first
home playoff game. The Rush allowed a league-low 157 goals and finished
second in the league with 220 goals scored. Building through the draft,
Edmonton had two players finish in the top five of rookie scoring. Keenan
also won the GM of the Year award in 2006 and 2010.

Calgary Roughnecks general manager Mike Board was the runner-up for the
award while Rochester Knighthawks general manager Curt Styres, who won the
award in 2011, finished third in the voting.

*Executive of the Year Award – John Bean (Calgary Roughnecks)*

As part of the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC), Bean
has led a skilled team of ticketing, sponsorship and in-game promotion to
drive significantly improved results. As a member of the NLL Board of
Governors, John continues to assist the league and all its partners by
focusing the NLL and its member teams on the current financial model. In
addition, John serves as a member and chairman of the NLL Audit Finance
Committee. As Chief Operating Officer of the CSEC, John led the rebuild
efforts of the Scotiabank Saddledome’s entire event level following the
devastating floods of 2013. This immense undertaking was finished in just
65 days while a project of this scope and magnitude normally takes three or
four times that to complete.

Edmonton Rush owner Bruce Urban was the runner-up for the award while Rochester
Knighthawks owner Curt Styres, who won the award in 2011, finished third in
the voting.

*Sportsmanship Award – Garrett Billings (Toronto Rock)*

Billings becomes the first player in NLL history to win the Sportsmanship
Award outright twice. The first player in league history to record
three-straight 100-plus point seasons, the fifth-year pro registered just
two penalty minutes in 15 games played before suffering a season-ending
knee injury. The Langley, BC native, who played collegiately at the
University of Virginia, was the sixth-overall pick in the 2009 NLL Entry
Draft.

Buffalo Bandits forward Shawn Williams, who won the award in 2010, was the
runner-up while Edmonton Rush forward Curtis Knight finished third in the
voting.

*NLL All-Pro First Team*
Forward – Cody Jamieson, Rochester Knighthawks (2nd selection)
Forward – Garrett Billings, Toronto Rock (3rd selection)
Forward – Shawn Evans, Calgary Roughnecks (3rd selection)
Transition – Jordan MacIntosh, Minnesota Swarm (2nd selection)
Defense – Kyle Rubisch, Edmonton Rush (3rd selection)
Goaltender – Matt Vinc, Rochester Knighthawks (5th selection)

*NLL All-Pro Second Team*
Forward – Dane Dobbie, Calgary Roughnecks (1st selection)
Forward – Adam Jones, Colorado Mammoth (1st selection)
Forward – Curtis Dickson, Calgary Roughnecks (2nd selection)
Transition – Brodie Merrill, Philadelphia Wings (6th selection)
Defense – Chris Corbeil, Edmonton Rush (1st selection)
Goaltender – Aaron Bold, Edmonton Rush (2nd selection)

*NLL All-Rookie Team*
Logan Schuss (Forward- Minnesota Swarm)
Dillon Ward (Goaltender- Colorado Mammoth)
Robert Church (Edmonton Rush)
Karsen Leung (Calgary Roughnecks)
Tyler Digby (Vancouver Stealth)
Garrett Thul (Philadelphia Wings)

The 2014 NLL Season Awards were determined by a vote of the league’s Board
of Governors, General Managers and Head Coaches at the end of the regular
season.

The weekend at TRAC culminates with the 2014 NLL Draft on Monday, Sept. 22,
which will air live on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network (YouTube.com/TLN)
starting at 7 p.m. ET.

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