2020 NLL season
The 2020 National Lacrosse League season, formally known as the 2019–2020 season, was the 34th in the history of the NLL. The season began on November 29, 2019 and was scheduled to end with the NLL final in late spring of 2020. However due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was suspended on March 12, 2020. 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.
|2020 NLL season|
|League||National Lacrosse League|
|Sport||Indoor lacrosse (box lacrosse)|
|Duration||November 29, 2019 — March 12, 2020|
|Number of games||18|
|Number of teams||13|
|Top seed||New England Black Wolves|
|Season MVP||Shayne Jackson|
|Top scorer||Callum Crawford|
This season was the inaugural season for the expansion Knighthawks and Riptide. The former Rochester Knighthawks under owner Curt Styres relocated to Halifax for this season while Pegula Sports and Entertainment took over the Knighthawks moniker with a new expansion team.
|1||New England Black Wolves||11||8||3||.727||0.0||4–3||4–0||135||101||+34||12.27||9.18|
|4||New York Riptide||13||1||12||.077||8.0||1–5||0–7||116||177||-61||8.92||13.62|
|3||San Diego Seals||12||6||6||.500||2.0||3–3||3–3||138||131||+7||11.50||10.92|
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; GB: Games 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
|Most Valuable Player||Shayne Jackson, Georgia Swarm||Callum Crawford, New England Black Wolves|
Rob Hellyer, Toronto Rock
|Goaltender of the Year||Doug Jamieson, New England Black Wolves||Zach Higgins, Philadelphia Wings|
Dillon Ward, Colorado Mammoth
|Defensive Player of the Year||Graeme Hossack, Halifax Thunderbirds||Robert Hope, Colorado Mammoth|
Kyle Rubisch, Saskatchewan Rush
|Transition Player of the Year||Challen Rogers, Toronto Rock||Zach Currier, Calgary Roughnecks|
Kiel Matisz, Philadelphia Wings
|Rookie of the Year||Tyson Gibson, New York Riptide||Connor Fields, San Diego Seals|
Andrew Kew, New England Black Wolves
|Sportsmanship Award||Lyle Thompson, Georgia Swarm||Kyle Buchanan, San Diego Seals|
Curtis Knight, Rochester Knighthawks
|GM of the Year||Paul Day, Philadelphia Wings||Jamie Dawick, Toronto Rock|
Rich Lisk, New England Black Wolves
|Les Bartley Award||Paul Day, Philadelphia Wings||Mike Accursi, Halifax Thunderbirds|
Glenn Clark, New England Black Wolves
|Executive of the Year Award||John Catalano, Halifax Thunderbirds||Matt Hutchings, Colorado Mammoth|
Rich Lisk, New England Black Wolves
|Teammate of the Year Award||Dan Dawson, Toronto Rock (tie)
Mike Poulin, Georgia Swarm
|John Ranagan, New England Black Wolves|
|Tom Borrelli Award||Craig Rybczynski||Jake Elliott|
Stadiums and locationsEdit
|Georgia Swarm||New England Black Wolves||New York Riptide||Philadelphia Wings|
|Infinite Energy Arena||Mohegan Sun Arena||Nassau Coliseum||Wells Fargo Center|
|Capacity: 11,355||Capacity: 7,700||Capacity: 13,917||Capacity: 19,543|
|Buffalo Bandits||Halifax Thunderbirds||Rochester Knighthawks||Toronto Rock|
|KeyBank Center||Scotiabank Centre||Blue Cross Arena||Scotiabank Arena|
|Capacity: 19,070||Capacity: 10,595||Capacity: 11,200||Capacity: 18,819|
|Calgary Roughnecks||Colorado Mammoth||San Diego Seals||Saskatchewan Rush||Vancouver Warriors|
|Scotiabank Saddledome||Pepsi Center||Pechanga Arena||SaskTel Centre||Rogers Arena|
|Capacity: 19,289||Capacity: 18,007||Capacity: 12,920||Capacity: 15,190||Capacity: 18,910|
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