|— Lacrosse player —|
December 3, 1980 |
St. Catharines, Ontario, CAN
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|MSL team||Peterborough Lakers|
Columbus Landsharks, Buffalo Bandits
Mark Steenhuis (born December 3, 1980 in St. Catharines, Ontario) is a Canadian lacrosse player who plays for the Rochester Knighthawks in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and formerly of the Hamilton Nationals of Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
Introduction to Lacrosse
Steenhuis graduated from Governor Simcoe Secondary School in 1998. He did not start playing lacrosse until he was 17 years old, when he was introduced to the game by friend and future Buffalo Bandits teammate, Billy Dee Smith.
Steenhuis made his NLL debut in 2002 with the Columbus Landsharks. After the 2002 season, he was traded to the Buffalo Bandits for goalie Ken Montour. Once in Buffalo, Steenhuis quickly became a fan favorite, due in part to his energetic style of play, goal-scoring ability, and athleticism, but also for his afro hair and bright orange shoes.
Steenhuis was named MVP of the 2004, 2007 and 2009 National Lacrosse League All-Star Games, becoming the first player in NLL history to be named MVP of multiple All-Star Games. He scored six times in 2004 and 2007 and seven times in 2009. In 2008, Steenhuis was named the NLL Transition Player of the Year. and the NLL Championship Game MVP. He signed with Rochester on June 17, 2014.
On February 14, 2009, he set the league single-game records for assists (13) and points (17).
Canadian Box career
After having a surprisingly successful rookie season with the Spartan Warriors in 1999, Steenhuis played two successful years of Jr.A lacrosse with the St. Catharines Athletics, and helped lead the team to a Minto Cup national championship in 2001.
Steenhuis began his senior career with the St. Catharines Athletics of Major Series Lacrosse. During his first season, he recorded 20 goals and 50 points, and shared the "Gene Dopp Memorial Trophy" for Rookie of the Year with Mike Miron. The next year, Steenhuis had 54 points in 14 games, and was awarded the "Jim Murphy Trophy" for league Most Valuable Player. In 2004, Steenhuis would have a career high of 91 points in just 17 games, averaging 5.3 points per game. Steenhuis played for the St. Regis Indians in 2008 and 2009 before the team folded. In 2010, Steenhuis was selected 1st overall by the Peterborough Lakers in the St. Regis dispersal draft.
- The song Brick House is always heard (in recent years) when he scores a home goal for the Bandits.
|Mark Steenhuis||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
|1999||Spartan Warriors||OLA Jr.B||21||11||15||26||20||11||9||3||12||25|
|1999||St. Catharines Athletics||OLA Jr.A||4||0||0||0||0||6||0||2||2||12|
|2000||St. Catharines Athletics||OLA Jr.A||17||22||19||41||14||15||9||12||21||18|
|2001||St. Catharines Athletics||OLA Jr.A||18||18||21||39||35||13||9||20||29||18|
|Minto Cup||St. Catharines Athletics||CLA||--||--||--||--||--||6||5||9||14||4|
|2002||St. Catharines Athletics||MSL||19||20||30||50||24||4||7||2||9||15|
|2003||St. Catharines Athletics||MSL||14||36||18||54||34||10||29||19||48||12|
|2004||St. Catharines Athletics||MSL||17||42||49||91||70||3||5||4||9||6|
|2008||St. Regis Indians||MSL||15||34||48||82||16||9||20||20||40||20|
|2009||St. Regis Indians||MSL||10||20||22||42||18||8||22||22||44||12|
|Junior A Totals||39||40||40||80||49||34||18||34||52||48|
|Junior B Totals||21||11||15||26||20||11||9||3||12||25|
|Minto Cup Totals||--||--||--||--||--||6||5||9||14||4|
|Senior A Totals||123||185||288||473||280||57||118||111||229||139|
|NLL Transition Player of the Year
John Grant, Jr.
|Champion's Cup MVP
- Tutka, Paul (January 1, 2009). "NLL Insider Top 50: Mark Steenhuis #7". NLL Insider. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
- "East Wins All-Star Game 20-16". NLL.com. March 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-11.
- "East tops West in All-Star Game, 27-21". NLL.com. March 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- "Steenhuis Named Top Transition Player". NLL.com. May 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
- Bailey, Budd (February 15, 2009). "Steenhuis has record-setting night". Buffalo News. Retrieved 2009-02-16.[dead link]
- "Trophy Winners In O.L.A. Major/Senior". wampsbibleoflacrosse.com.
- "2010 Major Series Lacrosse Draft Results". lacrosseinsidethegame.com.
- "Buffalo Bandits - 2014 Playoffs - Roster - #9 - Mark Steenhuis - F". NLL.com. Retrieved June 4, 2014.