Josh "Shooter" Sanderson (born April 23, 1977 in Orangeville, Ontario) is a Canadian former professional lacrosse player. Sanderson played 19 seasons in the National Lacrosse League including nine with the Toronto Rock.
|Born||April 23, 1977|
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||150 pounds (68 kg)|
|NLL draft||16th overall, 1997|
|NLL teams||Toronto Rock|
San Jose Stealth
Sanderson began his NLL career with the Rochester Knighthawks. After two seasons in Rochester, Sanderson was left unprotected in the expansion draft, and was chosen by his father, Albany Attack GM Terry Sanderson. Josh went on to be the leading scorer on the Attack for four years, including setting a new NLL record for assists in a season, with 68 in 2002.
After the 2003 NLL season, the Attack moved to San Jose, California, becoming the San Jose Stealth. After one year in San Jose, now-Toronto Rock GM Terry Sanderson once again acquired his son, as Josh was traded to the Rock in a 6-player blockbuster deal. In 2005, Sanderson broke his own single-season assists record with 71, and helped the Rock win their fifth NLL Championship.
During the 2008 season, Sanderson was traded to the Calgary Roughnecks for Lewis Ratcliff. Calgary became the third team (after Albany and Toronto) where Sanderson played for his father, who was an assistant coach for the Roughnecks until the end of the 2009 NLL season.
On August 13, 2010, Sanderson was traded to the Boston Blazers along with a 1st round draft pick in the 2010 entry draft in exchange for Daryl Veltman, Jon Harnett and transition player Kyle Ross as well as the Blazers' first round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft.
He was selected with the 4th pick in the Boston Blazers Dispersal Draft by the Minnesota Swarm. He was then traded from the Minnesota Swarm to the Toronto Rock, along with Nick Inch in exchange for 9th pick in the Boston Blazers dispersal draft, 12th pick in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft and a conditional first round pick in the 2012 NLL entry draft.
After contemplating retirement before the 2016 season, Sanderson decided to return for one more season, picking up 42 points in 11 games. Sanderson announced his retirement shortly after the conclusion of the 2016 season. He was subsequently named assistant General Manager of the Rock.
|Josh Sanderson||Regular Season||Playoffs|
|2004||San Jose Stealth||16||28||61||89||60||10||5.56||3.75||0.63||1||2||2||4||3||2||4.00||3.00||2.00|
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.
| Champion's Cup MVP
- "Josh Sanderson retires". Toronto Rock website. June 15, 2016. Archived from the original on May 10, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
- "Historical Stats of the Mann Cup". Bible-of-Lacrosse.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-08-15.
- "Gaits to play together in Philly for first time since '94 MILL playoffs". Outsider's Guide to the NLL. February 24, 2000. Archived from the original on August 18, 2007. Retrieved 2006-12-12.
- "Sandersons reunited in Toronto after blockbuster trade". Outsider's Guide to the NLL. July 28, 2004. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved 2006-12-12.
- "Ratcliff, Sanderson Swapped in Blockbuster". NLL.com. March 25, 2008. Archived from the original on March 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-25.
- "Sanderson & Dawson Set New Assists Record". NLL.com. April 17, 2009. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- "First & Second Team All-Pros". Outsider's Guide to the NLL. Archived from the original on 2006-12-09. Retrieved 2006-12-12.
- "All-Star reserves announced". NLL.com. February 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-05.
- Philadelphia Acquires Dan Dawson Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
- Welcome Back Shooter
- "Josh Sanderson Appointed Assistant General Manager". Toronto Rock website. July 5, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- "Player National Lacrosse League". NLL.com. Retrieved March 9, 2020.