Regy Thorpe

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Regy Thorpe
— Lacrosse player —
Born (1971-11-27) November 27, 1971 (age 45)
Auburn, New York
Position Defense
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 240 pounds (109 kg)
Former NCAA team University of Syracuse
NLL team Rochester Knighthawks
Former MLL teams Rochester Rattlers
Nationality United States
Pro career 1995–2010

Regy Thorpe (born November 27, 1971 in Auburn, New York) was a professional lacrosse player for the Rochester Knighthawks in the National Lacrosse League who is now retired. He played his entire NLL career with the Knighthawks.[1] He also played with the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse. Currently, Thorpe is the head coach for the Hamilton Nationals of Major League Lacrosse.[2]

Career[edit]

Thorpe played for two years at Herkimer Junior College, where he earned All-America honors and was named the NJCAA Defenseman of the Year in 1991. He was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2011. He then enrolled at Syracuse and helped the Orange to the national finals in 1992. In his senior season, Thorpe earned All-America honors after leading Syracuse to a national title as a team captain.

Thorpe has been a member of the Rochester Knighthawks since the team's inaugural season in 1995.[3] He is the only member of the original team still with the Knighthawks. During the 2007 NLL season, Thorpe was named team captain, in the absence of injured Mike Hasen, and helped lead his team to the winning of the Champion's Cup.

In August 2008, Thorpe was named the new GM of the Knighthawks.[4] It was announced at the time that he had retired from playing to take the GM job,[4] but in November, Thorpe signed a playing contract, becoming the first player-GM in NLL history.[5]

Thorpe gave up his front-office duties after the season, and it appeared his playing career was over as well, but in the first week of February 2010, he was re-signed to the Knighthawks roster to provide experience and physicality on the defense.

A product of the Syracuse Orange lacrosse program, Thorpe had also played with the Rochester Rattlers for the team's initial six seasons before retiring. He was initially acquired by the Rattlers in the 10th round of the 2001 MLL Supplemental Draft.

Internationally, Thorpe represented Team USA in the 2002 and 2004 Heritage Cup, and also won a bronze medal with Team USA in the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.

Coaching[edit]

Thorpe was a player-coach for the Rochester Rattlers in 2006,[3] before becoming a Head Coach for the Six Nations Arrows of the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League before the 2007 summer season.[6]

He also coaches the Jordan-Elbridge High School lacrosse team.

On February 3, 2011, Thorpe was named the head coach of the Hamilton Nationals of Major League Lacrosse.[2]

Retirement[edit]

Thorpe officially retired as an active NLL player on December 4, 2010.

Statistics[edit]

NLL[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM GP G A Pts LB PIM
1995 Rochester 8 0 3 3 31 12 2 0 5 5 10 2
1996 Rochester 10 0 5 5 72 30 1 0 0 0 9 0
1997 Rochester 10 0 10 10 56 36 2 0 1 1 14 4
1998 Rochester 12 0 6 6 68 36 1 0 0 0 2 0
1999 Rochester 12 1 6 7 71 28 2 0 0 0 8 0
2000 Rochester 12 1 4 5 65 27 2 0 0 0 8 10
2001 Rochester 14 0 5 5 80 19 1 0 0 0 5 8
2002 Rochester 13 0 6 6 79 29 2 0 1 1 15 0
2003 Rochester 15 1 5 6 100 14 2 0 2 2 14 2
2004 Rochester 16 0 5 5 78 22 1 0 0 0 7 4
2005 Rochester 16 1 2 3 67 27 2 0 2 2 12 2
2006 Rochester 16 1 4 5 61 29 2 0 1 1 6 2
2007 Rochester 15 0 5 5 47 27 3 0 2 2 4 4
2008 Rochester 12 0 4 4 39 27 -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 Rochester 12 0 1 1 52 22 0 0 0 0 0 0
NLL Totals 193 5 71 76 966 385 23 0 14 14 114 38

MLL[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G 2ptG A Pts LB PIM GP G 2ptG A Pts LB ! PIM
2001 Rochester 13 0 0 0 0 24 6 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
2002 Rochester 14 0 0 0 0 42 7 - - - - - - -
2003 Rochester 9 0 0 0 0 19 6 - - - - - - -
2004 Rochester 12 0 0 1 1 17 7 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
2005 Rochester 4 0 0 0 0 6 5 - - - - - - -
2006 Rochester 11 0 0 0 0 23 6 - - - - - - -
MLL Totals 63 0 0 1 1 131 37 2 0 0 0 0 5 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thorpe Named Knighthawks GM". NLL.com. August 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Nationals Announce Move to Hamilton". NationalsLacrosse.com press release. March 5, 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Regy's Reign". LaxMagazine.com. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  4. ^ a b Tutka, Paul (August 21, 2008). "Regy Thorpe K'Hawks new GM, Paul Suggate linked to coaching gig". NLL Insider. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  5. ^ Tutka, Paul (November 25, 2008). "Rochester Knighthawks GM Regy Thorpe signs playing contract for 2009 NLL season". NLL Insider. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  6. ^ "Six Nations Arrows Roster". SixNationsArrows.com. Retrieved 2007-08-13.