2017 NLL season

The 2017 National Lacrosse League season, the 31st in the history of the NLL began on December 29, 2016,[1] and ended with the Champion's Cup Finals series on June 10, 2017, as the Georgia Swarm defeated the Saskatchewan Rush to win their franchise's first Champions Cup.

2017 NLL season
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
SportIndoor lacrosse
DurationDecember 29, 2016 – June 10, 2017
Number of games18
Number of teams9
Regular Season
Top seedGeorgia Swarm
Season MVPLyle Thompson
Top scorerLyle Thompson
Eastern championsGeorgia Swarm
  Eastern runners-upToronto Rock
Western championsSaskatchewan Rush
  Western runners-upColorado Mammoth
ChampionsGeorgia Swarm
  Runners-upSaskatchewan Rush
Finals MVPLyle Thompson
NLL seasons

Regular Season StandingsEdit

Reference: [2]

East Division

1Georgia Swarmxyz18135.7220.07–26–3266213+5314.7811.83
2Toronto Rockx1899.5004.04–55–4219200+1912.1711.11
3New England Black Wolvesx18810.4445.05–43–6220244-2412.2213.56
4Rochester Knighthawks18711.3896.04–53–6175209-349.7211.61
5Buffalo Bandits18612.3337.03–63–6226251-2512.5613.94
West Division

1Saskatchewan Rushxy18126.6670.08–14–5231212+1912.8311.78
2Vancouver Stealthx1899.5003.04–55–4218221-312.1112.28
3Colorado Mammothx1899.5003.05–44–5202199+311.2211.06
4Calgary Roughnecks18810.4444.05–43–6212220-811.7812.22

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


  Division semifinals     Division finals (3-game series)     Finals (3-game series)
  East Division     E1 Georgia 2  
  E2 Toronto 18     E2 Toronto 0    
  E3 New England 10         E1 Georgia 2
      W1 Saskatchewan 0
  West Division     W1 Saskatchewan 2    
  W2 Vancouver 12     W3 Colorado 0  
  W3 Colorado 13  



Annual awardsEdit

Award Winner Other Finalists
Most Valuable Player Lyle Thompson, Georgia Corey Small, Vancouver
Mark Matthews, Saskatchewan
Goaltender of the Year Dillon Ward, Colorado[3] Mike Poulin, Georgia
Nick Rose, Toronto
Defensive Player of the Year Jason Noble, Georgia[4] Graeme Hossack, Rochester
Steve Priolo, Buffalo
Transition Player of the Year Brodie Merrill, Toronto[5] Jay Thorimbert, New England
Jordan MacIntosh, Georgia
Rookie of the Year Tom Schreiber, Toronto[6] Kyle Jackson, Rochester
Latrell Harris, Toronto
Sportsmanship Award Jordan Hall, Georgia[6] Kyle Buchanan, New England
Dan MacRae, Calgary
GM of the Year John Arlotta, Georgia Jamie Dawick, Toronto
Derek Keenan, Saskatchewan
Les Bartley Award Ed Comeau, Georgia Derek Keenan, Saskatchewan
Jamie Batley, Vancouver
Executive of the Year Award Amber Cox, New England Andy Arlotta, Georgia
John Catalano, Rochester
Teammate of the Year Award Mike Poulin, Georgia[7] Kyle Buchanan, New England
Joel McCready, Vancouver
Tom Borrelli Award Jake Elliott Budd Bailey
Neil Stevens

All-pro teamsEdit


First TeamEdit

  • Lyle Thompson, Georgia Swarm
  • Mark Matthews, Saskatchewan Rush
  • Corey Small, Vancouver Stealth
  • Jason Noble, Georgia Swarm
  • Brodie Merrill, Toronto Rock
  • Dillon Ward, Colorado Mammoth

Second TeamEdit

  • Curtis Dickson, Calgary Roughnecks
  • Kevin Crowley, New England Black Wolves
  • Shayne Jackson, Georgia Swarm
  • Graeme Hossack, Rochester Knighthawks
  • Jay Thorimbert, New England Black Wolves
  • Mike Poulin, Georgia Swarm

All-Rookie TeamEdit

  • Tom Schreiber, Toronto Rock
  • Kyle Jackson, Rochester Knighthawks
  • Josh Currier, Rochester Knighthawks
  • Latrell Harris, Toronto Rock
  • Mike Messenger, Saskatchewan Rush
  • Joel Coyle, New England Black Wolves

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


Team Home average
Buffalo 15,148
Saskatchewan 14,921
Colorado 14,458
Calgary 11,622
Toronto 9,623
Rochester 6,755
New England 5,402
Georgia 3,950
Vancouver 3,206


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "League announces 2017 NLL regular season schedule". NLL.com. September 20, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "NLL Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  3. ^ "2017 Goaltender of the Year". NLL.com. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "2017 Defensive Player of the Year". NLL.com. June 23, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "2017 Transition Player of the Year". NLL.com. June 24, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "2017 Sportsmanship Award". NLL.com. June 27, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "2017 Teammate of the Year". NLL.com. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "NLL announces 2017 All-Pro & Rookie Teams". NLL.com. July 17, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  9. ^ http://d15k3om16n459i.cloudfront.net/prostats/attendance.html?leagueid=230&seasonid=15914