James Edward "Scoop" Veltman (born March 8, 1966 in Brampton, Ontario) is a former lacrosse player who played for the Toronto Rock, the Ontario Raiders, and the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League. Veltman won three NLL championships with the Bandits and then five more with the Rock, where he was captain for ten seasons.
|Born||James Edward Veltman|
March 8, 1966
Brampton, Ontario, CA
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||185 pounds (84 kg)|
|Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, 2015|
NLL Hall of Fame, 2009
Veltman began his NLL career in 1992 with the Buffalo Bandits. He played 5 seasons with the Bandits, winning three NLL Championships. After the 1996 season, Veltman and his wife travelled to Uganda where they did volunteer work for 17 months.
In 1998, Veltman returned to the NLL, moving with Bandit head coach Les Bartley to the expansion Ontario Raiders, based in Hamilton, Ontario. A year later, the Ontario franchise move to Toronto, becoming the Toronto Rock, where Jim has won five more NLL Championships. Veltman was the captain of the Rock from 1999 until his retirement following the 2008 season.
Jim Veltman led the National Lacrosse League in loose balls in 14 out of the 16 seasons he played, earning him the nickname "Scoop". On February 5, 2006, Veltman reached a milestone as he "scooped" his 2000th career loose ball. He also set the single season record for loose balls with 226 in the 2006 season. Veltman scooped 14 loose balls on April 8, 2006, to break his own previous record of 207, set in 2003. The record stood until Geoff Snider scooped 244 in 2008. John Tavares, the NLL's all-time leading scorer, considers Veltman to be "the best teammate he ever had."
Veltman was the first recipient of the National Lacrosse League Sportsmanship Award in 2002, and was named league MVP in 2004. He was also the first recipient of the Toronto Rock's Les Bartley Award (not to be confused with the NLL's Les Bartley Award for coach of the year).
On September 11, 2007, the Toronto Rock announced that they had resigned Veltman to a five-year agreement. Veltman would remain captain of the Rock for one more season, after which he would retire from playing and join the Rock coaching staff. The announcement ended speculation that Veltman was considering retiring to take the vacant Colorado Mammoth head coach position, a position eventually taken by Bob McMahon.
On April 12, 2019, Veltman's jersey number 32 was retired by the Toronto Rock in a pregame ceremony.
Off the floor, Veltman is a physical education teacher at Agincourt Collegiate Institute.
Canadian Lacrosse Association CareerEdit
1992 - Member of the Mann Cup winning Brampton Excelsiors
1993 - Member of the Mann Cup winning Brampton Excelsiors
1998 - Member of the Mann Cup winning Brampton Excelsiors
2003 - Member of the Mann Cup winning Victoria Shamrocks
International Lacrosse CareerEdit
2003 - Captain of Team Canada, winners of the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships
|Jim Veltman||Regular Season||Playoffs|
GP–Games played; G–Goals; A–Assists; Pts–Points; LB–Loose balls; PIM–Penalty minutes; Pts/GP–Points per games played; LB/GP–Loose balls per games played; PIM/GP–Penalty minutes per games played.
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- "Toronto Rock to honour lacrosse legend Jim Veltman before game". The Telegram. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
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- Bailey, Budd (March 8, 2012). "This birthday in Buffalo sports history: Jim Veltman". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on 2012-07-06. Retrieved 2012-03-08.
- "Captain Jim Veltman to remain in Toronto". TorontoRock.com. September 11, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-10-16.
- "Veltman sticks with Toronto". NLL.com. September 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-16.
- "Bob McMahon named Colorado head coach". NLL.com. September 26, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-16.
- "Wings Hold Off Rock, 15-14". NLL.com. April 27, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01.
- "National Lacrosse League Pointstreak Stats". NLL.com. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
| NLL Most Valuable Player
| NLL Sportsmanship Award
| Toronto Rock captain