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National Lacrosse League Announces Finalists For 2021-22 End of Season Awards

Dhane Smith

The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the largest and most successful professional lacrosse property in the world, today announced the three finalists for each end of season award for the 2021-22 regular season. The Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, and Goaltender of the Year award finalists were first announced during halftime of Game 3 of the NLL Finals.

The top three vote getters for each award are listed as the finalists. The winners will be announced over the course of the week of June 27. All awards were voted on prior to the start of the 2022 playoffs and were based on regular season statistics and performances.

Most Valuable Player

Joe Resetarits – Forward – Albany FireWolves

Dhane Smith – Forward – Buffalo Bandits

Matt Vinc – Goaltender – Buffalo Bandits

Rookie of the Year

Reid Bowering – Transition – Vancouver Warriors

Patrick Dodds – Forward – Panther City Lacrosse Club

Jeff Teat – Forward – New York Riptide

Goaltender of the Year

Nick Rose – Toronto Rock

Matt Vinc – Buffalo Bandits

Dillon Ward – Colorado Mammoth

Transition Player of the Year

Reid Bowering – Vancouver Warriors

Zach Currier – Calgary Roughnecks

Challen Rogers – Toronto Rock

Defensive Player of the Year

Steve Priolo – Buffalo Bandits

Kyle Rubisch – Saskatchewan Rush

Mitch de Snoo – Toronto Rock

Sportsmanship Award

Keegan Bal – Vancouver Warriors

Dan Dawson – Toronto Rock

Lyle Thompson – Georgia Swarm

Teammate of the Year

Zach Currier – Calgary Roughnecks

Jeff Shattler – Saskatchewan Rush

Jeremy Thompson – Panther City Lacrosse Club

Les Bartley Award, Head Coach of the Year

Tracey Kelusky – Panther City Lacrosse Club

Matt Sawyer – Toronto Rock

John Tavares – Buffalo Bandits

General Manager of the Year

Jamie Dawick – Toronto Rock

Steve Dietrich – Buffalo Bandits

Bob Hamley – Panther City Lacrosse Club

Executive of the Year

Greg Bibb – Panther City Lacrosse Club

Jamie Dawick – Toronto Rock

Rich Lisk – New York Riptide

Tom Borrelli Award Media Person of the Year

Jake Elliott – Play-by-Play – TSN.ca, ESPN+/Vancouver Warriors, Co-Host, Lacrosse Classified Podcast

Tyson Geick – Floor Reporter – TSN.ca, ESPN+/Halifax Thunderbirds, Lacrosse Flash

Pat Gregoire – Broadcast Analyst – TSN, TSN.ca, ESPN+/Halifax Thunderbirds, Co-Host, Off the Crosse Bar Podcast

The All-League and All-Rookie Teams are determined by the top vote getters in each correlating award. The All-Rookie team will be made up of six rookies, regardless of position. The All-League First Team and All-League Second Team will be made up of six individuals per team. Each Team will consist of two forwards, one transition player, two defensemen, and one goaltender.

About Jerry Milani

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Jerry Milani is a freelance writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 30 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and now is the PR manager for FAN EXPO, which runs pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America. Milani is also the play-by-play announcer for Caldwell University football and basketball broadcasts. He is a proud graduate of Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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