2016 NLL season

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2016 NLL season
NLL 30th season.jpg
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
SportIndoor lacrosse
DurationJanuary 1 – June 4, 2016
Number of games18
Number of teams9
Regular Season
Top seedBuffalo Bandits
Season MVPCanada Dhane Smith
Top scorerDhane Smith
Playoffs
Eastern championsBuffalo Bandits
  Eastern runners-upNew England Black Wolves
Western championsSaskatchewan Rush
  Western runners-upCalgary Roughnecks
Finals
ChampionsSaskatchewan Rush
  Runners-upBuffalo Bandits
Finals MVPCanada Aaron Bold
NLL seasons

The 2016 National Lacrosse League season, the 30th in the history of the NLL,[1] began on January 1, 2016,[2] and ended with the Champion's Cup Finals series on June 4, 2016. The Saskatchewan Rush won their 2nd straight title; their first while located in Saskatchewan.

Milestones and events[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Reference: [6]

East Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Buffalo Banditsxyz18135.7220.08–15–4251214+3713.9411.89
2New England Black Wolvesx18108.5563.06–34–5229212+1712.7211.78
3Georgia Swarmx18810.4445.04–54–5238240-213.2213.33
4Rochester Knighthawks18711.3896.03–64–5200215-1511.1111.94
5Toronto Rock18513.2788.04–51–8190224-3410.5612.44
West Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Saskatchewan Rushxy18135.7220.07–26–3233190+4312.9410.56
2Colorado Mammothx18126.6671.08–14–5203202+111.2811.22
3Calgary Roughnecksx18810.4445.05–43–6216216012.0012.00
4Vancouver Stealth18513.2788.04–51–8198245-4711.0013.61

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
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

Playoffs[edit]

  Division semifinals     Division finals (3-game series)     Finals (3-game series)
                           
  East Division     E1 Buffalo 2  
  E2 New England 14*     E2 New England 0    
  E3 Georgia 13         W1 Saskatchewan 2
      E1 Buffalo 0
  West Division     W1 Saskatchewan 2    
  W2 Colorado 10     W3 Calgary 0  
  W3 Calgary 11*  

*Overtime

Awards[edit]

Annual awards[edit]

Award Winner Other Finalists
Most Valuable Player Dhane Smith, Buffalo Shawn Evans, New England
Mark Matthews, Saskatchewan[7]
Goaltender of the Year Evan Kirk, New England Nick Rose, Toronto
Dillon Ward, Colorado[8]
Defensive Player of the Year Ryan Dilks, Saskatchewan Chris Corbeil, Saskatchewan
Steve Priolo, Buffalo[9]
Transition Player of the Year Brad Self, Rochester Jordan MacIntosh, Georgia
Jeremy Thompson, Saskatchewan[10]
Rookie of the Year Randy Staats, Georgia Wesley Berg, Calgary
Jesse King, Georgia[11]
Sportsmanship Award Ben McIntosh, Saskatchewan Karsen Leung, Calgary
Kiel Matisz, Georgia[12]
GM of the Year Steve Dietrich, Buffalo John Arlotta, Georgia
Rich Lisk, New England[13]
Les Bartley Award Glenn Clark, New England Troy Cordingley, Buffalo
Derek Keenan, Saskatchewan[14]
Executive of the Year Award Lee Genier, Saskatchewan Mike French, New England
Scott Loffler, Buffalo[15]
Teammate of the Year Award Mike Poulin, Calgary Joel McCready, Vancouver
Andrew Watt, Buffalo[16]
Air Canada Wingman of the Year Award Callum Crawford, Colorado Rob Hellyer, Toronto
Dhane Smith[17]
Tom Borrelli Award Teddy Jenner, ILIndoor.com[18]

Monthly awards[edit]

Awards are presented monthly for the best overall player and best rookie.

Month Overall Rookie
January[19] Dhane Smith- Buffalo Bandits Randy Staats- Georgia Swarm
February[20] Dhane Smith- Buffalo Bandits Jesse King- Georgia Swarm
March[21] Dhane Smith- Buffalo Bandits Wesley Berg- Calgary Roughnecks
April[22] Rob Hellyer- Toronto Rock Randy Staats- Georgia Swarm

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Buffalo Bandits Georgia Swarm New England Black Wolves Rochester Knighthawks Toronto Rock
KeyBank Center Infinite Energy Arena Mohegan Sun Arena Blue Cross Arena Air Canada Centre
Capacity: 19,070 Capacity: 11,355 Capacity: 7,700 Capacity: 11,200 Capacity: 18,819
HSBC Arena Lacrosse.jpg ArenaatGwinnettCenterSat.png Mohegan Sun Arena.jpg Rochester Blue Cross Arena - NW Exterior.jpg Air Canada Centre and CN Tower from Bay St.jpg
Calgary Roughnecks Colorado Mammoth Saskatchewan Rush Vancouver Stealth
Scotiabank Saddledome Pepsi Center SaskTel Centre Langley Events Centre
Capacity: 19,289 Capacity: 18,007 Capacity: 15,190 Capacity: 5,276
Pengrowth Saddledome lacrosse.jpg Denver Pepsi Center 1.jpg Sasktel Centre.jpg LangleyEventsCentreExterior.jpg

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NLL announces 30th Anniversary Team countdown". NLL.com. November 13, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "League announces 2016 NLL regular season schedule". NLL.com. September 27, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "Swarm Announce Relocation to Metro-Atlanta Area". NLL.com. May 29, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  4. ^ "Rush announce relocation to Saskatchewan". NLL.com. July 20, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "Bandits legend Tavares retires after 24-year NLL career". NLL.com. September 2, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "NLL Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "2016 NLL Most Valuable Player award finalists". NLL.com. June 30, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "2016 NLL Goaltender of the Year award finalists". NLL.com. June 2, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  9. ^ "2016 NLL Defensive Player of the Year award finalists". NLL.com. June 21, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  10. ^ "2016 NLL Transition Player of the Year finalists". NLL.com. June 23, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  11. ^ "2016 NLL Rookie of the Year finalists". NLL.com. June 29, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  12. ^ "2016 NLL Sportsmanship Award finalists". NLL.com. June 20, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  13. ^ "2016 NLL GM of the Year finalists". NLL.com. June 28, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  14. ^ "2016 NLL Head Coach of the Year finalists". NLL.com. June 27, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "2016 NLL Executive of the Year finalists". NLL.com. July 7, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  16. ^ "2016 NLL Teammate of the Year finalists". NLL.com. July 5, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  17. ^ "2016 NLL Air Canada Wingman of the Year finalists". NLL.com. July 6, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  18. ^ "Teddy Jenner named 2016 NLL Media Person of the year". NLL.com. July 11, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  19. ^ "Bandits' Dhane Smith wins Player of the Month for January". NLL.com. February 5, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  20. ^ "Bandits' Smith repeats as NLL Player of the Month". NLL.com. March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  21. ^ "Bandits' Smith wins third-straight Player of the Month award". NLL.com. April 1, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  22. ^ "Rock's Hellyer wins NLL Player of the Month for April". NLL.com. May 6, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2016.