The Colorado Mammoth have acquired forward Casey Powell from the Rochester Knighthawks via trade in exchange for defenseman Jon Sullivan and a third-round pick in the 2014 NLL Entry Draft. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
The Colorado Mammoth and Rochester Knighthawks have announced that the Mammoth have acquired 2010 National Lacrosse League MVP Casey Powell via trade with the Knighthawks in exchange for defenseman Jon Sullivan and a third-round draft pick in the 2014 NLL Entry Draft.
“Casey is one of the best to ever play lacrosse,” said Mammoth president and general manager Steve Govett. “He should step in and make an immediate impact on our offense, and on our team as a whole.”
The six-time All-Pro became the first American ever to win the NLL’s MVP award in 2010, when he posted 44 goals and 36 assists in 14 games played. Powell, in his 10th season in the NLL, has scored 262 goals and 355 assists in 126 career games.
A member of Lacrosse Magazine’s All-Century Team, Powell carried on the tradition of the legendary number 22 jersey at Syracuse University that was worn before him by Gary Gait. The West Carthage, NY native graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer and was the two-time Division I National Player of the Year. He was a four-time member of the NCAA All-Tournament team.
Powell has won gold while donning the red, white and blue in world championship competition, and set the national record for career points by a high school player (553) at Carthage Senior High School.
With Sullivan’s departure, the Mammoth have named defenseman John Gallant one of the team’s assistant captains, joining John Grant Jr. Gallant was Colorado’s team captain from 2010-11.
Sullivan, the 6-2, 195-pound defenseman has played in 10 games for the Mammoth this season and recorded three assists and 31 loose balls. The 30-year-old from St. Catharines, Ontario moves closer to home with the deal to the defending champs.
“We needed to fill that role held by McCready, Cousins and Travis Hill. He is a veteran player and that makes a difference,” said Knighthawks owner and general manager Curt Styres. “Sullivan is the type of player that will check you, take the ball from you and score.”
Sullivan is in his ninth season in the NLL and second with the Mammoth. In his career, he has recorded 58 points and 465 loose balls in 129 games. While in Colorado, he has served as one of the Mammoth’s two assistant captains the past two seasons. In 2011, he had a career-high nine assists.
“During my career, I have been very consistent in playing good ‘D’ and being a good team guy,” said Sullivan, who will attend the team’s practice in Six Nations on Wednesday.
Sullivan arrived in Denver on September 7, 2011 after a trade between Colorado and Minnesota. He spent seven seasons with the Swarm and was a member of the inaugural Minnesota team in 2005. He was named the Swarm Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. Sullivan was originally signed by the Swarm as a free agent on December 10, 2004. In May 2011, he captured gold at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships for Team Canada.
Sullivan also represented Canada at the 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. The defenseman captured a silver medal with Team Canada.