Knighthawks owner Curt Styres holds the Champion's Cup proudly following his team's 9-6 win over Edmonton. Photo Credit: Bill Wippert
Rochester Knighthawks Owner & General Manager Curt Styres has taken steps to put his stamp on the franchise since purchasing the team in the summer of 2008. While the team’s fans are in universal agreement that Styres has brought greater stability to Rochester’s NLL team, some have questioned the moves he’s made in his dual role as the team’s General Manager.
Trading away veteran star players like John Grant Jr. and Shawn Williams for younger players has been tough for some Knighthawks fans to swallow. But as the Knighthawks danced around their home field with the Champion’s Cup on Saturday night, it was clear that the plan has worked.
“We dreamed about being here and having an opportunity to win the Champion’s Cup” Styres told Craig Potter of the Fairport-East Rochester Post following the Knighthawks’ 9-6 win over the Edmonton Rush in the Championship Game. “We work hard as a family, we got our chance tonight and we pulled it off.”
Potter also spoke with local product and unlikely playoff hero Joe Walters, who had 13 points in the three playoff wins. “Curt is a man with a mission,” Walters said. “He’s got a plan in his head, and he wasn’t always the most popular, but it worked out. I’m proud that we stuck with it, and I’m happy to be a part of this team.” Read Potter’s full story here.
Following Saturday’s championship win, the good times continued on Monday at the Six Nations Territory in Ontario. As Canada celebrated Victoria Day, an annual parade with cultural significance takes place at Six Nations. The parade was extra special this year, as it included the Knighthawks, the Champion’s Cup, and Styres, the man with plan.
Knighthawks Director of Player Personnel Jody Gage was at the parade. “I think it’s special for Curt,” Gage said to Sal Maiorana in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. “Let’s face it, Curt has come in here and saved the franchise and gone way beyond giving us the tools to win. His attitude is whatever it takes.” Read the full story here.
Styres won a pair of league awards in 2011, when he won both General Manager of the Year and Executive of the Year. He now has the award that matters most -- the Champion's Cup.