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Hall of Fame Nominee Reactions: Surprised & Honored

07/19/2012, 11:15pm EDT
By NLL.com

Six finalists hoping to be part of Class of 2012

Regy Thorpe (left) & Chris Driscoll were both surprised & honored by their Hall of Fame nominations.

Regy Thorpe (left) & Chris Driscoll were both surprised & honored by their Hall of Fame nominations. Credit: Larry Palumbo

Earlier this week, the National Lacrosse League announced the six finalists for the NLL Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

Fist time nominee Regy Thorpe, a recent inductee into the Rochester Knighthawks Hall of Fame, gave credit to the city in which he played his entire professional career. "Obviously, it's a huge honor and I am humbled. I am proud to be nominated, but most proud of the City of Rochester where I played my whole career. The Rochester Knighthawks were a huge part of my life."

Chris Driscoll, a former teammate of Thorpe, was amazed by his own nomination after just hanging up his gloves and retiring this past year. "Winning championships was definitely a highlight of my career, especially the first one with the Knighthawks was a big thing for me," Driscoll told Knighthawks.com. "It is an honor to be nominated. It took me by surprise after being out for just one season."

Along with the five players nominated for the Hall of Fame, this year for the first time a team was nominated: the 1993 Buffalo Bandits. Current Colorado Mammoth head coach Bob Hamley played for the '93 Buffalo squad which still stands as the only team to go undefeated in league history. Hamley was surprised and honored upon hearing about the nomination. "Wow! That's pretty cool. It was a 'who's who' of players on that team...it was full of great lacrosse players. I was proud to be a part of it," said Hamley.

This year's Ballot also includes a pair of second year nominees in Pat Coyle and Steve Dietrich. Both came up short in their first time on the ballot last year. Dietrich was contacted by the Waterloo Record about his second try and handled it with a lighthearted manner, telling staff writer Christine Rivet in an interview, "Just go back and pull out my comments from last year." It turns out he did actually have some updated thoughts about the nomination saying, "Honestly, I don't think about it. But I will say, in my opinion, every one of those guys is deserving of going in. It's an honor to be nominated." You can read the full story of Dietrich's nomination in The Waterloo Record here at TheRecord.com.

The winners will be announced next week.

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