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Nll All Pro Teams Announced

04/21/2001, 12:40pm EDT
By National Lacrosse League

The votes are in, and the 2000-2001 First and Second Team All-Pros have been selected. Both squads have a few familiar names, with a few new superstars joining the elite club.

The First Team All-Pros are as follows:
John Tavares Buffalo Bandits
Gary Gait Washington Power
Roy Colsey New York Saints
John Grant Rochester Knighthawks
Tom Marechek Philadelphia Wings
Bob Watson Toronto Rock

The All-Pro Second Team is as followed:
Jake Bergey Philadelphia Wings
Jim Veltman Toronto Rock
Kim Squire Toronto Rock
Colin Doyle Toronto Rock
Tracey Kelusky Columbus Landsharks
Gord Nash New York Saints

Last season?s NLL Most Valuable Player John Tavares picked up his ninth-straight First Team nod. The NLL?s leading scorer became the first player in NLL history to become a member of the 50-50 club (50 goals and 50 assists) this season. Tavares set the NLL?s All-Time single season scoring record, collecting 115 points on 51 goals and 64 assists.

Washington Power forward Gary Gait leads the way with his 11th straight First Team honor. Gait completed the regular season with a career-high 90 points on 43 goals and 47 assists. Gait led the Power in every offensive category.

Roy Colsey of the New York Saints makes his first appearance on the First Team in his career. Colsey?s 51 goals this season tied Tavares for the NLL lead. Colsey finished the season with a career-high 76 points . Colsey was named a Second Tean All-Pro last season.

The Wings? Tom Marechek makes his fifth appearance on the First Team, following his 79 point season. Marechek also set a career-high with 48 goals, and tied his previous record of 31 assists.

John Grant of the Rochester Knighthawks makes his second-straight First Team. Grant?s sophomore season was no slump, as Grant collected 90 points on 42 goals and 48 assists. Grant finished the season tied for second among NLL Scoring Leaders.

Rounding out the First Team between the pipes is the Toronto Rock?s Bob Watson. Watson led all NLL Goaltenders with an 8.89 goals-against average. Watson also finished tied with Rochester?s Pat O?Toole for the League?s top save percentage with a .797.

Wings forward Jake Bergey leads the All-Pro Second Team. Bergey makes his return to the All-Pro squads. In 1999, Bergey was a First Team selection. Bergey led the Wings in scoring this season with 86 points on 43 goals and 43 assists (43 43=86). Bergey?s totals are all career-highs this season.

Rock forward Jim Veltman once again put in another solid campaign for Toronto this season. ?Scoop? picked up 161 loose balls to lead the NLL. Veltman collected up 32 points on nine goals and 23 assists (9 23=32) this season. This is the ninth time in 10 years that Veltman has been named to honored as an All-Pro.

One player who more than doubled his previous career totals is also making his first appearance on an NLL All-Pro Team. Rock forward Kim Squire scored 26 goals and added 30 assists (26 30=56) to reach the 50 point mark for the first time in his career.

The third Rock player to make in Second Team is their leading scorer. Colin Doyle led the rock in scoring, picking up 59 points. (26 33=59). Doyle was a key factor in the Rock?s third straight NLL Regular Season title. This is Doyle?s second time on the All-Pro List. (Second Team,1998).

Landsharks? forward Tracey Kelusky is the only rookie to make the squad this season. A 2000-2001 All-Rookie Team selection, Kelusky led all NLL rookies in total scoring this season with 51 points on 24 goals and 27 assists (24 27=51).

Saints goaltender Gord Nash solidified himself as one of the top up and coming goaltenders in the NLL with his impressive sophomore season. Nash led all NLL goaltenders in saves with 571. Nash finished fifth in the NLL in goals-against average with a 12.48, and was third in saves percentage with a .773. This is Nash?s first appearance on an All-Pro team.

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