|— Lacrosse player —|
2 April 1981 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|MSL team||Peterborough Lakers|
|NLL team||Philadelphia Wings|
|MLL Team||Charlotte Hounds|
Geoff Snider (born 2 April 1981) is a Canadian lacrosse player from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is known as a dominant faceoff man and a very physical player. He currently plays professionally for the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League and the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse.
Growing up, Snider played for the Calgary Hornets in the CDLA (Calgary District Lacrosse Association) Snider's Junior lacrosse career began with the Burnaby Lakers of the British Columbia Junior A Lacrosse League. In 1998, 2000 & 2002, he helped the Lakers win the Minto Cup as Canada's champion junior men's lacrosse team. He continues to play with the Senior "A" Coquitlam Adanacs in the Western Lacrosse Association, leading them to win the 2007 WLA championship.
Snider honed his physical game in the summer box lacrosse seasons and in junior hockey. With the a junior ice hockey Calgary Canucks, of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Snider racked up 415 penalty minutes during the 2001-02 season. In lacrosse he has developed a reputation as being one of lacrosse's top fighters.
Snider attended the University of Denver. In 2006, with the Pioneers he was named a third-team All-American. His 194 recorded groundballs as a senior holds the record for a single season groundballs in NCAA lacrosse. In addition he holds the standard for highest average groundballs per game in a season with 11.41.
Snider was drafted by the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2006 NLL Entry Draft. Snider made an immediate impact on the league and was named the NLL's January Rookie of the Month. Snider scored 13 points (6G, 7A), collected 53 loose balls and won 53 of 79 face-off attempts in five games during his first month of action in the league. He was also the only rookie voted onto the 2007 All-Star team, and won the Accuracy challenge in the All-Star game Skills Competition. After the season, Snider was named to the 2007 All-Rookie team.
On 26 January 2008, Snider put his name in the record books again when he won the opening face-off in a game against the Buffalo Bandits and scored :05 seconds into the game. This goal is the league record for fastest goal to start a game.
Snider's 2008 season was not only outstanding, but record-setting. Snider was named to the All-Star team, and was named game MVP after scoring three goals, recording 28 loose balls, and winning 31 out of 38 face-offs. He set league records in loose balls (244), faceoffs won (318), and penalty minutes (103), and fell just short of tying his own faceoff winning percentage record of 75%, winning 73.8% of his faceoffs.
During the 2009 NLL season, he was named a starter to the All-Star Game but was unable to play due to injury when he suffered a tracheal fracture (windpipe) in a game against the Edmonton Rush. Snider was also named to the 2012 All-Star game and scored 4 goals, added 2 assists, and won 22 of 26 faceoffs. Snider was named game MVP.
Snider was drafted by the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse in the second round of the MLL Collegiate Draft. During the 2007 MLL season, Snider played in the MLL All-Star Game representing the Western Conference. Snider has participated in two MLL championships. In 2008 with the Denver Outlaws, and in 2009 with the champion Toronto Nationals.
In 2012 he was traded to the Charlotte Hounds where he helped lead the team to its first playoff and championship appearance.
In international competition, Snider won the tournament MVP award at the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship, where he dominated face-offs helping the Canadian National Men's Lacrosse team win their first World Championship win since 1978.
|Geoff Snider||Regular Season||Playoffs|
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
|2003||University of Denver||11||13||6||19||37||36-65|
|2004||University of Denver||14||15||1||16||51||77-151|
|2005||University of Denver||14||9||2||11||67||92-161|
|2006||University of Denver||17||21||12||33||194||242-354|
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- "2001-02 Calcary Canucks Regular Season Statistics". CalgaryCanucks.com. Retrieved 2008-01-30.
- Paul Tutka (18 December 2007). "NLL Fight Club: Top 10 Fighters". NLLInsider.com. Retrieved 2008-01-30.
- Fighting in box lacrosse is viewed similar to fighting in ice hockey, and is typically disciplined with a "major penalty".
- "NCAA Men's and Women's Lacrosse Records Book Archive" (pdf). NCAA.org. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
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- "Snider Named NLL's Rookie Of The Month". Philadelphia Wings website. 1 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
- "2007 All-Star Skills Starting Lineups". NLL website. 21 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
- "2007 All-Star Skills Competition Results". NLL website. 9 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
- "Benesch Named Rookie of the Year". NLL.com. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-08.
- "Record setting weekend for NLL". Mississauganews.com. 28 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-30.
- "Wings 17 - Buffalo 16 (OT) - Boxscore". Pointstreak.com. Retrieved 2008-01-30.
- "East All-Stars Win In Overtime, 17-16". NLL.com. 16 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
- "Snider Breaks Loose Ball Record". NLL.com. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01.
- "All-Star reserves announced". NLL.com. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-05.
- "Snider sidelined with a tracheal fracture". NLL.com. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-05.
- Reardon, Jen (3 April 2009). "Wings' Snider can breathe easy after recovering from trachea injury". Philadelphia Daily News. Archived from the original on 2009-04-07. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
- Rosenhoch, Alan (26 February 2012). "Calgary's Snider helps West Division end All-Star losing streak". NLL.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
- "2006 World Lacrosse Championship Awards Winners". 2006 World Lacrosse Championship website. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
- "Calgary Roughnecks - 2014 Playoffs - Roster - #4 - Geoff Snider - T". NLL.com. Retrieved June 4, 2014.