CANADIAN LACROSSE LEAGUE ANNOUNCES 2016 AWARD NOMINEES

ST. CATHARINES, ON – Monday, March 14, 2016 – The Canadian Lacrosse League (C-Lax) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 player awards.  These awards will be handed out at the Creator’s Cup final, which will take place Friday, March 18th at 8pm in Oshawa.  The winners are selected by a panel of team General Managers, league personnel, and media.

The League’s Most Outstanding Player Award goes to the player deemed as the most exceptional player in C-Lax.  The nominees are Dylan Goddard (Durham Turfdogs), Dan Keane (Southwest Cyclops) and J. Preece (Niagara Lock Monsters).  Previous winners include Chris Attwood (2012 & 2014), Corey Fowler (2013), and Jesse Guerin (2015).

League Most Valuable Player goes to an individual who had the largest impact on their team both on and off the floor.  The 2016 nominees are Corey Fowler (Niagara Lock Monsters), Thomas Hoggarth (Durham Turfdogs), and Dan Keane (Southwest Cyclops).  Previous recipients of this award are Mike Attwood (2012), Wayne VanEvery (2013), Dave DiRuscio (2014), and Angus Dineley (2015).

The Top Offensive Player Award goes to the most outstanding offensive player in the league.  The 2016 nominees are Corey Fowler (Niagara Lock Monsters), Dan Keane (Southwest Cyclops), and Shane Scott (Barrie Blizzard).  Previous award winners include Chris Attwood (2012), Andrew Potter  (2013), Caleb Wiles (2014), and Michael Teeter (2015).

The Top Defensive Player Award goes to the most outstanding defensive player in the league.  The 2016 nominees are Jake Crans (Southwest Cyclops), Mitch Dumont (Niagara Lock Monsters) and Spencer Janes (Barrie Blizzard).  Previous award winners include Colin Boucher (2012 & 2014), Ben McCullough (2013), and Eric Pitre (2015).

The Top Transition Player Award goes to the most outstanding transition player in the league.  The 2016 nominees are Thomas Hoggarth (Durham Turfdogs), Tom Montour (Ohsweken Demons) and Matt Spanger (Southwest Cyclops).  Previous award winners include John McClure (2012), Mack O’Brien (2013), and Tom Montour (2014 & 2015).

The Top Rookie Award goes to the most outstanding first year player in the league.  The 2016 nominees are, Phil Caputo (Niagara Lock Monsters), Vaughn Harris (Ohsweken Demons) and Cody McMahon (Durham Turfdogs).  Previous award winners include Caleb Wiles (2013), Mike Burke (2014), and Dan Keane (2015).

The Top Goaltender Award goes to the league’s best goaltender.  The 2016 nominees are Lucas Coote (Durham Turfdogs), Angus Dineley (Barrie Blizzard), and J. Preece (Niagara Lock Monsters).  Previous award winners include Jeff Powless (2012), Connor Danko (2013), Dave DiRuscio (2014), and Angus Dineley (2015).

The Coach of the Year Award goes to the C-Lax coach who has contributed the most to their team’s success.  The 2016 nominees are Matt Attwood (Niagara Lock Monsters), Mat Giles (Durham Turfdogs), and Brad MacArthur (Barrie Blizzard).  Previous award winners include Jason Crosbie (2012), Glenn Clark (2013), Jeff Dowling (2014), and Brad MacArthur (2015).