Brodie Merrill

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Brodie Merrill
— Lacrosse player —
Born (1981-11-05) November 5, 1981 (age 32)
Orangeville, ON, CAN
Position Defense
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
MSL team Brampton Excelsiors
NLL team
F. Teams
Toronto Rock
Philadelphia Wings
Edmonton Rush
Portland LumberJax
MLL Team
F. Teams
Boston Cannons
Hamilton Nationals
Rochester Rattlers
Baltimore Bayhawks
Nationality Canada
Pro career 2005present
Shoots Left

Brodie Merrill (born November 5, 1981 in Orangeville, Ontario) is a Canadian lacrosse player. He currently plays in the National Lacrosse League for the Toronto Rock and Major League Lacrosse for the Boston Cannons.

High school career[edit]

Merrill attended the Salisbury School in Connecticut. While attending Salisbury, he was a standout lacrosse player, and was named the New England Defensive Player of the Year, was selected to the All-New England team, and was selected as a First Team High School All-American.

College career[edit]

Merrill attended Georgetown University from 2002 to 2005. During his final two years, he was a First-team All-American, and won the Schmeisser Award in his senior year for defensive player of the year.

NLL career[edit]

Merrill (left) in 2009

Merrill was also the first player taken overall in the 2005 National Lacrosse League Draft by the Portland LumberJax, and in 2006 was named both the NLL's Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. During the 2009 NLL season, he was named a starter to the All-Star Game.[1]

When the LumberJax left Portland at the end of the 2009 season, the league held a dispersal draft. Merrill was selected with the first overall pick in the draft by the Edmonton Rush.

On August 9, 2011, he was traded to the Philadelphia Wings, along with Rush forwards Dean Hill, Mike McLellan, and Edmonton's 41st selection in the 2011 entry draft, and the 4th round selection in 2013. In return, Philadelphia sent Athan Iannucci with teammates Alex Turner and Brodie McDonald, along with Philadelphia's first round draft picks in 2012, 2013 and 2014.[2]

MLL career[edit]

He was the MLL Rookie of the Year in 2005 as a member of the Baltimore Bayhawks. From 2006 to 2007, he played for the Rochester Rattlers. For four consecutive years he was awarded the Major League Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year Awards.[3] He then helped the Toronto Nationals win their first MLL championship in their inaugural season, and won the defensive player of the year award for a record fourth consecutive year. Merrill is the all-time ground ball leader in the MLL.[4]

Canadian Box career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Merrill played his junior lacrosse with the Orangeville Northmen of the OLA Junior A Lacrosse League. In 2000, Merrill lead the Northmen to a league championship. In 2001, Merrill was awarded the "John McCauley Award" for Best Defensive Player, and shared the "B.W. Evans Award" for Top Graduating Player with Dan Bowman the following year.[5]

Senior[edit]

Merrill began his senior career with the Coquitlam Adanacs of the Western Lacrosse Association, and later the Brampton Excelsiors of Major Series Lacrosse, winning two consecutive Mann Cup championships (2008–2009). Merrill is currently playing for the Kahnawake Mohawks in the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League.

International career[edit]

In 2006, he helped the Canadian national lacrosse team to an historic win at the World Lacrosse Championship in London, Ontario. He had an outstanding tournament, being named Best Defender and earning All-World honours.

Personal[edit]

Brodie's brother Patrick is a member of the Toronto Rock. Both Brodie and Patrick are members of the Brampton Excelsiors in the Major Series Lacrosse as well as the Hamilton Nationals of Major League Lacrosse. He was named by Inside Lacrosse as "The Best Player in the World."-Inside Lacrosse.[6] He is also the Dean of Students and head men's lacrosse coach at The Hill Academy in Vaughan, Ontario. At a very young age, he was best friends with lacrosse player Kyle Miller. Both loved the game but went into different colleges. Kyle Miller was also in the Canadian roster for the 2006 World Lacrosse Championships but retired very early because of a knee surgery.

Brodie is the main editor for the online lacrosse magazine, Brodie Merrill Lacrosse.[7]

Statistics[edit]

NLL[edit]

Reference:[8]

Brodie Merrill Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP
2006 Portland LumberJax 16 17 32 49 214 33 3.06 13.38 2.06 1 0 4 4 15 0 4.00 15.00 0.00
2007 Portland LumberJax 15 4 19 23 196 44 1.53 13.07 2.93
2008 Portland LumberJax 16 17 21 38 211 42 2.38 13.19 2.63 3 4 5 9 43 0 3.00 14.33 0.00
2009 Portland LumberJax 16 14 33 47 216 38 2.94 13.50 2.38 1 2 5 7 14 2 7.00 14.00 2.00
2010 Edmonton Rush 16 17 36 53 190 31 3.31 11.88 1.94 2 1 1 2 24 2 1.00 12.00 1.00
2011 Edmonton Rush 16 9 38 47 187 34 2.94 11.69 2.13
2012 Philadelphia Wings 16 17 15 32 157 29 2.00 9.81 1.81 1 3 0 3 7 2 3.00 7.00 2.00
2013 Philadelphia Wings 14 10 16 26 123 16 1.86 8.79 1.14 1 0 2 2 4 0 2.00 4.00 0.00
2014 Philadelphia Wings 18 8 26 34 189 29 1.89 10.50 1.61
143 113 236 349 1,683 296 2.44 11.77 2.07 9 10 17 27 107 6 3.00 11.89 0.67
Career Total: 152 123 253 376 1,790 302 2.47 11.78 1.99

GP–Games played; G–Goals; A–Assists; Pts–Points; LB–Loose balls; PIM–Penalty minutes; Pts/GP–Points per game; LB/GP–Loose balls per game; PIM/GP–Penalty minutes per game


Major League Lacrosse[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G 2ptG A Pts LB PIM GP G 2ptG A Pts LB PIM
2005 Baltimore 11 3 0 1 4 52 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
2006 Rochester 11 6 1 5 12 95 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 Rochester 12 5 0 9 14 101 4 1 0 0 2 2 9 0
2008 Rochester 10 6 0 12 18 75 4.5 2 1 0 1 2 10 0
2009 Toronto 12 8 0 12 20 69 5.5 2 1 0 1 2 14 0.5
MLL Totals 56 28 1 39 68 392 24 7 3 0 4 7 33 0.5

Canadian Lacrosse Association[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Orangeville Northmen OLA Jr.A 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 Orangeville Northmen OLA Jr.A 20 8 9 17 44 9 1 2 3 8
1999 Orangeville Northmen OLA Jr.A 15 13 20 33 20 10 6 25 31 10
2000 Orangeville Northmen OLA Jr.A 14 21 24 45 32 14 13 30 43 19
Minto Cup Orangeville Northmen CLA -- -- -- -- -- 6 3 11 14 4
2001 Orangeville Northmen OLA Jr.A 14 20 33 53 49 5 7 7 14 15
2002 Orangeville Northmen OLA Jr.A 14 16 15 31 30 11 8 14 22 31
2003 Coquitlam Adanacs WLA 14 6 12 18 41 10 5 7 12 25
2004 Brampton Excelsiors MSL 6 2 7 9 21 14 8 9 17 56
2006 Brampton Excelsiors MSL 7 7 12 19 6 11 7 14 21 27
2007 Brampton Excelsiors MSL 4 4 1 5 4 9 12 17 29 12
2008 Brampton Excelsiors MSL 4 0 9 9 10 9 4 10 14 21
Mann Cup Brampton Excelsiors CLA -- -- -- -- -- 4 2 3 5 13
2009 Brampton Excelsiors MSL 7 7 6 13 12 9 3 5 8 31
Mann Cup Brampton Excelsiors CLA -- -- -- -- -- 7 2 2 4 14
Junior A Totals 78 78 86 164 175 49 35 78 113 83
Minto Cup Totals -- -- -- -- -- 6 3 11 14 4
Senior A Totals 42 26 47 73 94 62 39 62 101 172
Mann Cup Totals -- -- -- -- -- 11 4 5 9 27

Awards[edit]

Preceded by
Ryan Boyle
MLL Rookie of the Year
2005
Succeeded by
Matt Ward
Preceded by
Ryan Boyle
NLL Rookie of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Ryan Benesch
Preceded by
Andrew Turner
NLL Defensive Player of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Ryan Cousins
Preceded by
Nicky Polanco
MLL Defensive Player of the Year
2006-2011
Succeeded by
Lee Zink
Preceded by
Mark Steenhuis
NLL Transition Player of the Year
2009, 2010
Succeeded by
Jeff Shattler

References[edit]