Jim Veltman

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Jim Veltman
— Lacrosse player —
Jim Veltman.jpg
Born (1966-03-08) March 8, 1966 (age 50)
Brampton, Ontario, CA
Position Defenseman
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 185 pounds (84 kg)
NLL team
F. Teams
Toronto Rock
Ontario Raiders
Buffalo Bandits
Nationality Canada
Pro career 19922008
Shoots Left
Nickname Scoop
NLL Hall of Fame, 2009

Jim "Scoop" Veltman (born March 8, 1966 in Brampton, Ontario) is a former lacrosse player who played for the Toronto Rock, the Ontario Raiders, and the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League. Veltman won three NLL championships with the Bandits and then five more with the Rock, where he was captain for ten seasons.[1]

Veltman and Dallas Eliuk were inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame in March, 2009.[2]

NLL career[edit]

Veltman began his NLL career in 1992 with the Buffalo Bandits. He played 5 seasons with the Bandits, winning three NLL Championships. After the 1996 season, Veltman and his wife travelled to Uganda where they did volunteer work for 17 months.[3]

In 1998, Veltman returned to the NLL, moving with Bandit head coach Les Bartley to the expansion Ontario Raiders, based in Hamilton, Ontario. A year later, the Ontario franchise move to Toronto, becoming the Toronto Rock, where Jim has won five more NLL Championships. Veltman was the captain of the Rock from 1999 until his retirement following the 2008 season.

Jim Veltman led the National Lacrosse League in loose balls in 14 out of the 16 seasons he played, earning him the nickname "Scoop". On February 5, 2006, Veltman reached a milestone as he "scooped" his 2000th career loose ball. He also set the single season record for loose balls with 226 in the 2006 season. Veltman scooped 14 loose balls on April 8, 2006, to break his own previous record of 207, set in 2003. The record stood until Geoff Snider scooped 244 in 2008.[4] John Tavares, the NLL's all-time leading scorer, considers Veltman to be "the best teammate he ever had."[5]

Veltman was the first recipient of the National Lacrosse League Sportsmanship Award in 2002, and was named league MVP in 2004. He was also the first recipient of the Toronto Rock's Les Bartley Award (not to be confused with the NLL's Les Bartley Award for coach of the year).

On September 11, 2007, the Toronto Rock announced that they had resigned Veltman to a five-year agreement. Veltman would remain captain of the Rock for one more season, after which he would retire from playing and join the Rock coaching staff.[6] The announcement ended speculation that Veltman was considering retiring to take the vacant Colorado Mammoth head coach position,[7] a position eventually taken by Bob McMahon.[8]

On April 27, 2008, Veltman played his last career game, as the Rock lost 15-14 to the Philadelphia Wings. Veltman had one goal, four assists, and 17 loose balls.[9]

Off the floor, Veltman is a physical education teacher at Agincourt Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, Toronto, where he coaches the lacrosse team.

Canadian Lacrosse Association Career[edit]

1992 - Member of the Mann Cup winning Brampton Excelsiors
1993 - Member of the Mann Cup winning Brampton Excelsiors
1998 - Member of the Mann Cup winning Brampton Excelsiors
2003 - Member of the Mann Cup winning Victoria Shamrocks

International Lacrosse Career[edit]

2003 - Captain of Team Canada, winners of the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships

Statistics[edit]

NLL[edit]

Reference:[10]

Jim Veltman Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP

1992 Buffalo Bandits 8 8 23 31 11 6 3.88 1.38 0.75 3 3 2 5 25 7 1.67 8.33 2.33
1993 Buffalo Bandits 6 7 20 27 102 14 4.50 17.00 2.33 2 0 7 7 19 4 3.50 9.50 2.00
1994 Buffalo Bandits 8 13 24 37 130 8 4.63 16.25 1.00 2 4 7 11 32 6 5.50 16.00 3.00
1995 Buffalo Bandits 8 16 24 40 91 8 5.00 11.38 1.00 1 2 4 6 12 2 6.00 12.00 2.00
1996 Buffalo Bandits 10 11 22 33 125 6 3.30 12.50 0.60 2 0 5 5 35 0 2.50 17.50 0.00
1998 Ontario Raiders 12 7 40 47 194 10 3.92 16.17 0.83
1999 Toronto Rock 12 12 32 44 166 6 3.67 13.83 0.50 2 2 10 12 33 4 6.00 16.50 2.00
2000 Toronto Rock 12 7 37 44 164 10 3.67 13.67 0.83 2 2 6 8 31 4 4.00 15.50 2.00
2001 Toronto Rock 14 9 23 32 161 13 2.29 11.50 0.93 2 1 2 3 19 2 1.50 9.50 1.00
2002 Toronto Rock 16 16 37 53 203 22 3.31 12.69 1.38 2 0 4 4 34 0 2.00 17.00 0.00
2003 Toronto Rock 16 16 43 59 207 12 3.69 12.94 0.75 2 2 5 7 20 2 3.50 10.00 1.00
2004 Toronto Rock 16 12 53 65 179 18 4.06 11.19 1.13 1 1 2 3 11 0 3.00 11.00 0.00
2005 Toronto Rock 13 8 28 36 193 29 2.77 14.85 2.23 2 2 7 9 36 2 4.50 18.00 1.00
2006 Toronto Rock 16 6 36 42 226 32 2.63 14.13 2.00 1 1 2 3 13 0 3.00 13.00 0.00
2007 Toronto Rock 13 3 34 37 143 10 2.85 11.00 0.77 1 0 0 0 10 0 0.00 10.00 0.00
2008 Toronto Rock 14 6 17 23 122 8 1.64 8.71 0.57
194 157 493 650 2,417 212 3.35 12.46 1.09 25 20 63 83 330 33 3.32 13.20 1.32
Career Total: 219 177 556 733 2,747 245 3.35 12.54 1.12

GP–Games played;G–Goals;A–Assists;Pts–Points;LB–Loose balls;PIM–Penalty minutes;Pts/GP–Points per games played;LB/GP–Loose balls per games played;PIM/GP–Penalty minutes per games played;

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Connor, Joe (April 27, 2008). "Rock Lose Veltman's Final Game". National Post. Retrieved 2008-05-01. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Eliuk & Veltman To Enter Hall of Fame". NLL.com. February 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Jim Veltman". Toronto Rock web site. Archived from the original on 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2006-12-11. 
  4. ^ "Snider Breaks Loose Ball Record". NLL.com. April 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  5. ^ Bailey, Budd (March 8, 2012). This birthday in Buffalo sports history: Jim Veltman. The Buffalo News. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  6. ^ "Captain Jim Veltman to remain in Toronto". TorontoRock.com. September 11, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  7. ^ "Veltman sticks with Toronto". NLL.com. September 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  8. ^ "Bob McMahon named Colorado head coach". NLL.com. September 26, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  9. ^ "Wings Hold Off Rock, 15-14". NLL.com. April 27, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  10. ^ "National Lacrosse League Pointstreak Stats". NLL.com. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 

Awards[edit]

Preceded by
Gary Gait
NLL Most Valuable Player
2004
Succeeded by
Colin Doyle
Preceded by
none
NLL Sportsmanship Award
2002
Succeeded by
Chris Driscoll
Preceded by
none
Toronto Rock captain
1999-2008 seasons
Succeeded by
Chris Driscoll