2020 Halifax Thunderbirds season

The Halifax Thunderbirds are a lacrosse team based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that plays in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). the 2020 NLL season was their first season the NLL. They were formerly the Rochester Knighthawks but moved to Halifax, as Rochester gained an expansion franchise. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was suspended on March 12, 2020.[1] On April 8, the league made a further public statement announcing the cancellation of the remaining games of the 2020 season and that they would be exploring options for playoffs once it was safe to resume play.[2][3]

2020 Halifax Thunderbirds
LeagueNLL
DivisionNorth
2020 record8-4
Home record6-1
Road record2-3
Goals for139
Goals against126
General ManagerCurt Styres
CoachMike Accursi
ArenaScotiabank Centre
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On June 4th, the league confirmed that the playoffs would also be cancelled due to the pandemic.[4]

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Reference: [5]

North Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Halifax Thunderbirds1284.6670.06–12–3139126+1311.5810.50
2Toronto Rock1174.6360.54–23–2122106+1611.099.64
3Buffalo Bandits1174.6360.54–23–2130118+1211.8210.73
4Rochester Knighthawks12210.1676.02–30–7115165-509.5813.75
East Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1New England Black Wolves1183.7270.04–34–0135101+3412.279.18
2Georgia Swarm1275.5831.52–45–1149126+2312.4210.50
3Philadelphia Wings1486.5711.53–35–3151134+1710.799.57
4New York Riptide13112.0778.01–50–7116177-618.9213.62
West Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Saskatchewan Rush1073.7000.02–35–011193+1811.109.30
2Colorado Mammoth1376.5381.54–23–4128125+39.859.62
3San Diego Seals1266.5002.03–33–3138131+711.5010.92
4Calgary Roughnecks1055.5002.01–44–1122111+1112.2011.10
5Vancouver Warriors1349.3084.52–42–5117160-439.0012.31

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

Game logEdit

Game Date Opponent Location Score OT Attendance Record
1 December 7, 2019 New York Riptide Scotiabank Centre W 12–4 6,847 1–0
2 December 21, 2019 Rochester Knighthawks Scotiabank Centre W 14–12 5,278 2–0
3 December 28, 2019 @ Buffalo Bandits KeyBank Center W 15–10 13,576 3–0
4 January 11, 2020 Colorado Mammoth Scotiabank Centre W 12–9 7,623 4–0
5 January 18, 2020 San Diego Seals Scotiabank Centre W 8–5 7,219 5–0
6 January 25, 2020 @ Calgary Roughnecks Scotiabank Saddledome W 15–12 15,362 6–0
7 January 31, 2020 @ Toronto Rock Scotiabank Arena L 9–12 10,946 6–1
8 February 15, 2020 Saskatchewan Rush Scotiabank Centre L 15–16 OT 8,833 6–2
9 February 21, 2020 Toronto Rock Scotiabank Centre W 9–8 9,337 7–2
10 February 29, 2020 @ Buffalo Bandits KeyBank Center L 9–13 12,813 7–3
11 March 1, 2020 @ New England Black Wolves Mohegan Sun Arena L 10–16 5,502 7–4
12 March 8, 2020 Buffalo Bandits Scotiabank Centre W 11–9 8,359 8–4

Cancelled gamesEdit

Game Date Opponent Location Score OT Attendance Record
13 March 14, 2020 @ Rochester Knighthawks Blue Cross Arena
14 March 28, 2020 @ Rochester Knighthawks Blue Cross Arena
15 April 3, 2020 @ Vancouver Warriors Rogers Arena
16 April 18, 2020 Philadelphia Wings Scotiabank Centre
17 April 19, 2020 @ Georgia Swarm Infinite Energy Arena
18 April 25, 2020 Toronto Rock Scotiabank Centre

RosterEdit

Goaltenders

  • 35   Peter Dubenski
  • 76   Warren Hill

Defenseman

  • 4   Graeme Hossack
  • 18   Jake Withers
  • 19   Nonkon Thompson
  • 25   James Barclay
  • 34   Cory Becker
  • 37   Scott Campbell
  • 45   Luc Magnan
  • 68   Trevor Smyth

Forwards

Transition

  •  6   Brad Gillies
  • 44   Colton Armstrong

Practice

Injured

  • 20   Luke Van Schepen

Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

Athletic Performance Coach

  • Dan Noble

Equipment Manager

  • Dave Sowden


Entry DraftEdit

The 2019 NLL Entry Draft took place on September 17, 2019.[6] The Thunderbirds made the following selections:

Round Overall Player College/Club
1 5 Clarke Petterson Cornell University (NCAA D1)
1 14 Trevor Smyth Rochester Institute of Technology (NCAA D1)
2 30 Clay Scanlan Six Nations Arrows (OJALL)
3 38 Nonkon Thompson Akwesasne Indians (OJBLL)
5 68 Matt Dziama Virginia University (NCAA D1)
6 81 Brad Fannell St. Catharines Athletics (OJALL)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NLL Statement on game play (March 12, 2020)". NLL.com. March 12, 2020. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  2. ^ "National Lacrosse League cancels remainder of season due to COVID-19". Sportsnet. Sportsnet.
  3. ^ "National Lacrosse League announces cancellation of remaining regular season games". NLL.com. April 8, 2020. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  4. ^ Saelhof, Todd. "NLL cancels playoffs, moves on to 2021 season". Calgary Sun.
  5. ^ "2020 National Lacrosse League Standings". Pointstreak Stats.
  6. ^ "2019 NLL Draft Results". NLL.com. September 17, 2019. Retrieved February 1, 2017.