1997 Major Indoor Lacrosse League season
|1997 MILL season|
|League||Major Indoor Lacrosse League|
|Duration||January 4, 1997 - April 12, 1997|
|Number of games||10|
|Number of teams||6|
|League champions||Philadelphia Wings|
|Runners-up||New York Saints|
|Season MVP||Gary Gait (Baltimore Thunder)|
|Top scorer||Gary Gait (Baltimore Thunder)|
|Finals MVP||Steve Dietrich (Rochester)|
The 1997 season is the 11th season of the league and, is 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.
|1||Philadelphia Wings (1987–2014) – xyz||10||7||3||.700||0.0||3–2||4–1||137||115||+22||13.70||11.50|
|2||New York Saints – x||10||6||4||.600||1.0||4–1||2–3||134||127||+7||13.40||12.70|
|3||Buffalo Bandits – x||10||6||4||.600||1.0||3–2||3–2||158||153||+5||15.80||15.30|
|4||Rochester Knighthawks – x||10||5||5||.500||2.0||2–3||3–2||156||135||+21||15.60||13.50|
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; GB: Games back; PCT: Win percentage; Home: Record at Home; Road: Record on the Road; GF: Goals scored; GA: Goals allowed
Differential: Difference between goals scored and allowed; GF/GP: Average number of goals scored per game; GA/GP: Average number of goals allowed per game
All Star Game
No All-Star Game was played in 1997.
|MVP Award||Gary Gait||Philadelphia|
|Rookie of the Year Award||Jeff Wilfong||Boston|
|Championship Game MVP||Steve Dietrich||Rochester|
Each week, a player is awarded "Player of the Week" honours.
|Week||Player of the Week|
An award is also given out monthly for the best overall player.
|Month||Player of the Month|
- Gary Gait, Philadelphia
- Paul Gait, Rochester
- Tom Marechek, Philadelphia
- Mark Millon, New York
- John Tavares, Buffalo
- Dallas Eliuk, Philadelphia (goalie)
- Thomas Carmean, Boston
- Duane Jacobs, Rochester
- Darris Kilgour, Buffalo
- Jeff Klodzen, Baltimore
- Bob Martino, Baltimore
- Sal LoCascio, New York (goalie)
Bold numbers indicate new single-season records. Italics indicate tied single-season records.
|Penalty Minutes||Tom Phair||Buffalo||58|
|Shots on Goal||Paul Gait||Rochester||131|
|Loose Balls||John Tavares||Buffalo||104|
- "National Lacrosse League - 1997 Regular Season - Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
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