The Turtle Island News presented the inaugural 'Native American Most Valuable Player Award' to Rochester Knighthawks forward Cory Bomberry for his performance during the past NLL season.
Bomberry has just completed his fourth season with the Knighthawks, having joined the club in 1999. The Rochester forward finished the 2001-2002 season with 22 goals, 45 assists, and 67 points. Bomberry is considered to have the hardest shot in the NLL, according to a poll of League players and coaches conducted by Inside Lacrosse magazine.
The Knighthawks finished the regular season with a record of 13-3, second in the Central Division behind the Albany Attack (14-2). The Knighthawks advanced to the 2002 Champions Cup Playoffs, defeating the Vancouver Ravens in the opening round. In that game, Bomberry scored three goals and an assist en route to earning the Game MVP honors.
Bomberry played for the Six Nations Arrows in the Junior A League. During the NLL off-season, he plays for the Six Nations Chiefs of the Ontario Lacrosse Association.
Other players receiving consideration for the award included Nick Trudeau of the Albany Attack, Mike Benedict of the Ottawa Rebel, Gewas Schindler of the Columbus Landsharks, Marshall Abrams of the Knighthawks, Cam Bomberry of the New Jersey Storm, Kim Squire of the Toronto Rock and Rodd Squire of the Toronto Rock.
The 'Native American MVP Award' was voted on and presented by the staff at Turtle Island News, a weekly Native American newspaper based in the Six Nations of Ontario. For more information, visit the newspaper online at www.theturtleislandnews.com.