2016 NLL season

The 2016 National Lacrosse League season, the 30th in the history of the NLL,[1] began on January 1, 2016,[2] and ended with the Champion's Cup Finals series on June 4, 2016. The Saskatchewan Rush won their 2nd straight title; their first while located in Saskatchewan.

2016 NLL season
NLL 30th season.jpg
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
SportIndoor lacrosse
DurationJanuary 1 – June 4, 2016
Number of games18
Number of teams9
Regular Season
Top seedBuffalo Bandits
Season MVPCanada Dhane Smith
Top scorerDhane Smith
Playoffs
Eastern championsBuffalo Bandits
  Eastern runners-upNew England Black Wolves
Western championsSaskatchewan Rush
  Western runners-upCalgary Roughnecks
Finals
ChampionsSaskatchewan Rush
  Runners-upBuffalo Bandits
Finals MVPCanada Aaron Bold
NLL seasons

Milestones and eventsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Reference: [6]

East Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Buffalo Banditsxyz18135.7220.08–15–4251214+3713.9411.89
2New England Black Wolvesx18108.5563.06–34–5229212+1712.7211.78
3Georgia Swarmx18810.4445.04–54–5238240-213.2213.33
4Rochester Knighthawks18711.3896.03–64–5200215-1511.1111.94
5Toronto Rock18513.2788.04–51–8190224-3410.5612.44
West Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Saskatchewan Rushxy18135.7220.07–26–3233190+4312.9410.56
2Colorado Mammothx18126.6671.08–14–5203202+111.2811.22
3Calgary Roughnecksx18810.4445.05–43–6216216012.0012.00
4Vancouver Stealth18513.2788.04–51–8198245-4711.0013.61

x: Clinched playoff berth; c: Clinched playoff berth by crossing over to another division; y: Clinched division; z: Clinched best regular season record; GP: Games Played
W: Wins; L: Losses; GBGames back; PCT: Win percentage; Home: Record at Home; Road: Record on the Road; GF: Goals scored; GA: Goals allowed
Differential: Difference between goals scored and allowed; GF/GP: Average number of goals scored per game; GA/GP: Average number of goals allowed per game

PlayoffsEdit

  Division semifinals     Division finals (3-game series)     Finals (3-game series)
                           
  East Division     E1 Buffalo 2  
  E2 New England 14*     E2 New England 0    
  E3 Georgia 13         W1 Saskatchewan 2
      E1 Buffalo 0
  West Division     W1 Saskatchewan 2    
  W2 Colorado 10     W3 Calgary 0  
  W3 Calgary 11*  

*Overtime

AwardsEdit

Annual awardsEdit

Award Winner Other Finalists
Most Valuable Player Dhane Smith, Buffalo Shawn Evans, New England
Mark Matthews, Saskatchewan[7]
Goaltender of the Year Evan Kirk, New England Nick Rose, Toronto
Dillon Ward, Colorado[8]
Defensive Player of the Year Ryan Dilks, Saskatchewan Chris Corbeil, Saskatchewan
Steve Priolo, Buffalo[9]
Transition Player of the Year Brad Self, Rochester Jordan MacIntosh, Georgia
Jeremy Thompson, Saskatchewan[10]
Rookie of the Year Randy Staats, Georgia Wesley Berg, Calgary
Jesse King, Georgia[11]
Sportsmanship Award Ben McIntosh, Saskatchewan Karsen Leung, Calgary
Kiel Matisz, Georgia[12]
GM of the Year Steve Dietrich, Buffalo John Arlotta, Georgia
Rich Lisk, New England[13]
Les Bartley Award Glenn Clark, New England Troy Cordingley, Buffalo
Derek Keenan, Saskatchewan[14]
Executive of the Year Award Lee Genier, Saskatchewan Mike French, New England
Scott Loffler, Buffalo[15]
Teammate of the Year Award Mike Poulin, Calgary Joel McCready, Vancouver
Andrew Watt, Buffalo[16]
Air Canada Wingman of the Year Award Callum Crawford, Colorado Rob Hellyer, Toronto
Dhane Smith[17]
Tom Borrelli Award Teddy Jenner, ILIndoor.com[18]

Monthly awardsEdit

Awards are presented monthly for the best overall player and best rookie.

Month Overall Rookie
January[19] Dhane Smith- Buffalo Bandits Randy Staats- Georgia Swarm
February[20] Dhane Smith- Buffalo Bandits Jesse King- Georgia Swarm
March[21] Dhane Smith- Buffalo Bandits Wesley Berg- Calgary Roughnecks
April[22] Rob Hellyer- Toronto Rock Randy Staats- Georgia Swarm

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Buffalo Bandits Georgia Swarm New England Black Wolves Rochester Knighthawks Toronto Rock
KeyBank Center Infinite Energy Arena Mohegan Sun Arena Blue Cross Arena Air Canada Centre
Capacity: 19,070 Capacity: 11,355 Capacity: 7,700 Capacity: 11,200 Capacity: 18,819
         
Calgary Roughnecks Colorado Mammoth Saskatchewan Rush Vancouver Stealth
Scotiabank Saddledome Pepsi Center SaskTel Centre Langley Events Centre
Capacity: 19,289 Capacity: 18,007 Capacity: 15,190 Capacity: 5,276
       

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NLL announces 30th Anniversary Team countdown". NLL.com. November 13, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "League announces 2016 NLL regular season schedule". NLL.com. September 27, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "Swarm Announce Relocation to Metro-Atlanta Area". NLL.com. May 29, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  4. ^ "Rush announce relocation to Saskatchewan". NLL.com. July 20, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "Bandits legend Tavares retires after 24-year NLL career". NLL.com. September 2, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "NLL Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "2016 NLL Most Valuable Player award finalists". NLL.com. June 30, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "2016 NLL Goaltender of the Year award finalists". NLL.com. June 2, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  9. ^ "2016 NLL Defensive Player of the Year award finalists". NLL.com. June 21, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  10. ^ "2016 NLL Transition Player of the Year finalists". NLL.com. June 23, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  11. ^ "2016 NLL Rookie of the Year finalists". NLL.com. June 29, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  12. ^ "2016 NLL Sportsmanship Award finalists". NLL.com. June 20, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  13. ^ "2016 NLL GM of the Year finalists". NLL.com. June 28, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  14. ^ "2016 NLL Head Coach of the Year finalists". NLL.com. June 27, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "2016 NLL Executive of the Year finalists". NLL.com. July 7, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  16. ^ "2016 NLL Teammate of the Year finalists". NLL.com. July 5, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  17. ^ "2016 NLL Air Canada Wingman of the Year finalists". NLL.com. July 6, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  18. ^ "Teddy Jenner named 2016 NLL Media Person of the year". NLL.com. July 11, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  19. ^ "Bandits' Dhane Smith wins Player of the Month for January". NLL.com. February 5, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  20. ^ "Bandits' Smith repeats as NLL Player of the Month". NLL.com. March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  21. ^ "Bandits' Smith wins third-straight Player of the Month award". NLL.com. April 1, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  22. ^ "Rock's Hellyer wins NLL Player of the Month for April". NLL.com. May 6, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2016.