The Rochester Knighthawks have signed 2010 #1 overall draft pick Cody Jamieson to a ten-year contract, the longest player contract in the league's history. Jamieson, a star forward who played at Syracuse, is preparing to make his NLL on January 8 when the Knighthawks face the Minnesota Swarm.
Cody Jamieson was the #1 overall pick in the 2010 NLL Entry Draft.
Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres will have No. 1 overall pick around for a long time, a decade to be precise. Six Nations and Syracuse University star Cody Jamieson signed a 10-year deal this evening, which is unprecedented in National Lacrosse League history.
"It feels great," said Styres. "It is the longest contract in league history."
"There is no other place I would rather play professional lacrosse," said Jamieson. "This contract shows that."
In September, Jamieson became the fifth Knighthawk to be selected first overall and second in as many years, joining longtime teammate and close friend Sid Smith (2009), perennial NLL All-Star John Grant Jr. (2000), Casey Powell (1999) and Cam Bomberry (1995). Styres said Jamieson will show his versatility this season.
"He plays well with guys on the right and left side of the floor, and can play a pick-and-roll game," said Styres. "He leads by example on and off the floor and is a team player."
Jamieson joins the Knighthawks after achieving success at every level of lacrosse. In 2010, he ended his collegiate career with Syracuse University. With the Orange, he scored 28 goals and added 13 assists for 41 points to finish second on the team in scoring while appearing in all 15 games. A native of Six Nations, Ontario, Jamieson had a season to remember in 2009, connecting with Sid Smith to score the overtime game-winning goal to lift SU to its second consecutive National championship and fifth in the last 10 years.
"It felt surreal for all the stuff I went through before that," said Jamieson, who waited most of the season to get cleared to play for SU. "To get that goal it put everything into perspective. It was a sense of accomplishment.
He is excited about working with his Rochester teammates as they game plan for the team's season opener on Saturday, January 8th in St. Paul, Minn., against the Minnesota Swarm. He is one of 12 new faces on the Knighthawks' 23-man roster, which was released earlier today.
"Any time you can get together with your teammates it is something special," said Jamieson. "We have all been around the game long enough, that we should work well together pretty easily."
"This is the next step in playing professional lacrosse and getting together with my teammates," said Jamieson.
The Knighthawks will break for the holidays and resume practices on Wednesday, December 29th with a session at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations. The Knighthawks will open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, January 15th against the Toronto Rock at 7:35 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena.