1997 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season

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1997 MILL season
League Major Indoor Lacrosse League
Sport Indoor lacrosse
Duration January 4, 1997 - April 12, 1997
Number of teams 6
Regular season
League champions Philadelphia Wings
Runners-up New York Saints
Season MVP Gary Gait (Baltimore Thunder)
Top scorer Gary Gait (Baltimore Thunder)
Champion's Cup
Champions Rochester Knighthawks
  Runners-up Buffalo Bandits
Champion's Cup MVP Steve Dietrich (Rochester)
MILL/NLL seasons

The 1997 season, the last as the MILL, began on January 4, 1997 and concluded with the championship game on April 12. The league was renamed to the National Lacrosse League after this season.

Team Movement[edit]

The Charlotte Cobras, who debuted in the 1996 MILL season, folded after only a single winless season.

Regular season[edit]

Reference: [1]

P Team GP W L PCT GB Home Road GF GA Diff
1 Philadelphia Wingsxyz 10 7 3 0.700 0.0 3–2 4–1 137 115 +22
2 New York Saintsx 10 6 4 0.600 1.0 4–1 2–3 134 127 +7
3 Buffalo Banditsx 10 6 4 0.600 1.0 3–2 3–2 158 153 +5
4 Rochester Knighthawksx 10 5 5 0.500 2.0 2–3 3–2 156 135 +21
5 Boston Blazers 10 4 6 0.400 3.0 3–2 1–4 120 135 -15
6 Baltimore Thunder 10 2 8 0.200 5.0 1–4 1–4 125 165 -40

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; Diff–Difference between goals scored and allowed

All Star Game[edit]

No All-Star Game was played in 1997.

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals Championship
           
2 New York 10
3 Buffalo 19
4 Rochester 15
3 Buffalo 12
4 Rochester 15
1 Philadelphia 13

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
MVP Award Gary Gait Philadelphia
Rookie of the Year Award Jeff Wilfong Boston
Championship Game MVP Steve Dietrich Rochester

Weekly Awards[edit]

Each week, a player is awarded "Player of the Week" honours.

Week Player of the Week
1 Paul Gait
2 Roy Colsey
3 Sal LoCascio
4 Paul Gait
5 Paul Gait
6 John Tavares
7 Derek Collins
8 Thomas Carmean
9 Matt Panetta
10 Tom Marechek
11 Ted Dowling
12 Dallas Eliuk

Monthly Awards[edit]

An award is also given out monthly for the best overall player.

Month Player of the Month
Jan Paul Gait
Feb Derek Collins
Mar Tom Marechek

All-Pro Teams[edit]

First Team:

Second Team:

Statistics Leaders[edit]

Bold numbers indicate new single-season records. Italics indicate tied single-season records.

Stat Player Team Number
Goals Gary Gait Philadelphia 40
Assists Gary Gait Philadelphia 32
Points Gary Gait Philadelphia 72
Penalty Minutes Tom Phair Buffalo 58
Shots on Goal Paul Gait Rochester 131
Loose Balls John Tavares Buffalo 104

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Lacrosse League - 1997 Regular Season - Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved April 28, 2013.