National Lacrosse League Cup

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The NLL Champion's Cup, photographed in 2006 after the winning season of the Colorado Mammoth.
The Calgary Roughnecks raise the Champion's Cup in celebration of their 2009 championship.

The National Lacrosse League Cup is the trophy awarded each year to the champions of the National Lacrosse League. Prior to 2018, the league awarded the Champions Cup.[1]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Score Series
1998 Philadelphia Wings Baltimore Thunder 2–0 [2]
1999 Toronto Rock Rochester Knighthawks 13–10
2000 Toronto Rock Rochester Knighthawks 14–13
2001 Philadelphia Wings Toronto Rock 9–8
2002 Toronto Rock Albany Attack 13–12
2003 Toronto Rock Rochester Knighthawks 8–6
2004 Calgary Roughnecks Buffalo Bandits 14–11
2005 Toronto Rock Arizona Sting 19–13
2006 Colorado Mammoth Buffalo Bandits 16–9
2007 Rochester Knighthawks Arizona Sting 13–11
2008 Buffalo Bandits Portland LumberJax 14–13
2009 Calgary Roughnecks New York Titans 12–10
2010 Washington Stealth Toronto Rock 15–11
2011 Toronto Rock Washington Stealth 8–7
2012 Rochester Knighthawks Edmonton Rush 9–6
2013 Rochester Knighthawks Washington Stealth 11–10
2014 Rochester Knighthawks Calgary Roughnecks 2–1 [3]
2015 Edmonton Rush Toronto Rock 2–0 [4]
2016 Saskatchewan Rush Buffalo Bandits 2–0 [5]
2017 Georgia Swarm Saskatchewan Rush 2–0 [6]
2018 Saskatchewan Rush Rochester Knighthawks 2–1 [7]

Most Valuable Players[edit]

Year Winner Team Statistics
1998 Dallas Eliuk Philadelphia Wings 2 wins
1999 Colin Doyle Toronto Rock 4 goals, 2 assists
2000 Dan Stroup Toronto Rock 5 goals
2001 Dallas Eliuk Philadelphia Wings 40 saves
2002 Colin Doyle Toronto Rock 3 goals, 1 assist
2003 Bob Watson Toronto Rock 40 saves
2004 Curtis Palidwor Calgary Roughnecks 41 saves
2005 Colin Doyle Toronto Rock 5 goals, 3 assists
2006 Gavin Prout Colorado Mammoth 4 goals, 3 assists
2007 John Grant, Jr. Rochester Knighthawks 3 goals, 5 assists
2008 Mark Steenhuis Buffalo Bandits 5 goals, 1 assist
2009 Josh Sanderson Calgary Roughnecks 2 goals, 3 assists
2010 Lewis Ratcliff Washington Stealth 5 goals, 1 assist
2011 Bob Watson Toronto Rock 46 saves
2012 Cody Jamieson Rochester Knighthawks 4 goals, 4 assists
2013 Cody Jamieson Rochester Knighthawks 3 goals, 2 assists
2014 Dan Dawson Rochester Knighthawks 3 goals, 5 assists
2015 Mark Matthews Edmonton Rush 5 goals, 3 assists
2016 Aaron Bold Saskatchewan Rush 9.50 GAA, 82.5% save pct.
2017 Lyle Thompson Georgia Swarm 3 goals, 4 assists
2018 Jeff Shattler Saskatchewan Rush 7 goals, 6 assists

All-time Finals appearances since league inception[edit]

Appearances Team Wins Losses Winning %
Currently active franchises
10 Rochester Knighthawks 5 5 .500
9 Toronto Rock 6 3 .667
8 Buffalo Bandits 4 4 .500
5 Saskatchewan Rush[8] 3 2 .600
4 Colorado Mammoth[9] 2 2 .500
Vancouver Stealth[10] 1 3 .250
3 Calgary Roughnecks 2 1 .667
1 Georgia Swarm 1 0 1.000
Inactive franchises
9 Philadelphia Wings 6 3 .667
2 New York Saints[11] 1 1 .500
Arizona Sting 0 2 .000
Washington Wave 0 2 .000
1 Detroit Turbos 1 0 1.000
Boston Blazers (1989-1997)[12] 0 1 .000
New York Titans 0 1 .000
Portland LumberJax 0 1 .000

All-time league championships[edit]

League Championships Team Winning Seasons
6
Toronto Rock 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2011
Philadelphia Wings 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001
5
Rochester Knighthawks 1997, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014
4
Buffalo Bandits 1992, 1993, 1996, 2008
3
Saskatchewan Rush 2018, 2016, 2015[13]
2
Calgary Roughnecks 2004, 2009
Colorado Mammoth 1987,[14] 2006
1
Detroit Turbos 1991
Georgia Swarm 2017
New York Saints[15] 1988
Vancouver Stealth[16] 2010

National Lacrosse League Cup Appearances[edit]

Appearances Team Wins Losses Winning %
1 Saskatchewan Rush 1 0 1.000
Rochester Knighthawks 0 1 .000

All-time National Lacrosse League Cup wins[edit]

NLL Cups Won Team Winning Seasons
1
Saskatchewan Rush 2018

Champion's Cup appearances[edit]

Awarded form 1998-2017

Appearances Team Wins Losses Winning %
Currently active franchises
9 Toronto Rock 6 3 .667
7 Rochester Knighthawks 4 3 .571
4 Saskatchewan Rush[17] 2 2 .500
Vancouver Stealth[10] 1 3 .250
Buffalo Bandits 1 3 .250
3 Calgary Roughnecks 2 1 .667
1 Colorado Mammoth 1 0 1.000
Georgia Swarm 1 0 1.000
Inactive franchises
2 Arizona Sting 0 2 .000
Philadelphia Wings 2 0 1.000
1 New York Titans 0 1 .000
Portland LumberJax 0 1 .000

All-time Champion's Cup wins[edit]

Champion's
Cups Won
Team Winning Seasons
6
Toronto Rock 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2011
4
Rochester Knighthawks 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014
2
Calgary Roughnecks 2004, 2009
Philadelphia Wings 1998, 2001
Saskatchewan Rush 2016, 2015[13]
1
Buffalo Bandits 2008
Colorado Mammoth 2006
Georgia Swarm 2017
Vancouver Stealth[16] 2010

North American Cup era[edit]

For the 1987 and 1988 seasons, the league was known as the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League; from the 1989 season until the conclusion of the 1997 season, the league was known as the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. In 1998, the Major Indoor Lacrosse League changed to become the National Lacrosse League. During the entire non-NLL name era (1987-1997), a different trophy was awarded to the league champion called the North American Cup.[18] It was a tall, skinny, silver-colored trophy that somewhat resembled the Stanley Cup.

North American Cup era league champions[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Score
Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League
1987 Baltimore Thunder Washington Wave 11—10
1988 New Jersey Saints Washington Wave 17—16
Major Indoor Lacrosse League
1989 Philadelphia Wings New York Saints 11—10
1990 Philadelphia Wings New England Blazers 17—7
1991 Detroit Turbos Baltimore Thunder 14—12
1992 Buffalo Bandits Philadelphia Wings 11—10 (OT)
1993 Buffalo Bandits Philadelphia Wings 13—12
1994 Philadelphia Wings Buffalo Bandits 26—15
1995 Philadelphia Wings Rochester Knighthawks 15—14 (OT)
1996 Buffalo Bandits Philadelphia Wings 15—10
1997 Rochester Knighthawks Buffalo Bandits 15—12

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nll.com/news/national-lacrosse-league-unveils-its-new-championship-trophy/
  2. ^ Best-of-three series. Philadelphia won the first two games 16–12 and 17–12.
  3. ^ Two games plus mini-game if tied. The first was hosted by the lower seed and the second by the higher seed. Calgary won Game 1, 10–7. Rochester won Game 2, 16–10. Rochester won the 10-minute mini-game immediately following Game 2, 3–2.
  4. ^ Best-of-three series. Edmonton won the first two games 15–9 and 11–10.
  5. ^ Best-of-three series. Saskatchewan won the first two games 11–9 and 11–10.
  6. ^ Best-of-three series. Georgia won the first two games 18–14 and 15–14, OT.
  7. ^ Best-of-three series. Saskatchewan won the first & third games 16–9 and 15–10, Rochester won game two 13–8.
  8. ^ 2 wins and 1 losses as the Saskatchewan Rush and 1 win and 1 loss as the Edmonton Rush
  9. ^ 1 win and 0 losses as the Colorado Mammoth and 1 win and 2 losses as the Baltimore Thunder
  10. ^ a b 0 wins and 1 loss as the Albany Attack and 1 win and 2 losses as the Washington Stealth
  11. ^ 0 wins and 1 loss as the New York Saints and 1 win and 0 losses as the New Jersey Saints
  12. ^ As the New England Blazers
  13. ^ a b As the Edmonton Rush
  14. ^ As the Baltimore Thunder.
  15. ^ As the New Jersey Saints.
  16. ^ a b As the Washington Stealth
  17. ^ 1 win and 1 loss as the Saskatchewan Rush and 1 win and 1 loss as the Edmonton Rush
  18. ^ GetBenched (2013-12-31), 1993 MILL Championship Game: Buffalo Bandits vs Philadelphia Wings, retrieved 2016-03-13