16-year veteran and two-time champion Pat O'Toole will become the fifth goaltender and 21st member of the NLL Hall of Fame. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
The National Lacrosse League has announced that former goaltender Pat O'Toole has been voted into the NLL Hall of Fame as the lone inductee of the Class of 2013. O'Toole will become the fifth goaltender and 21st member of the league's Hall of Fame after the first-time nominee received votes on 100 percent of the ballots cast by Hall of Fame members and over 78 percent of the ballots overall.
“It feels pretty good. Everyone that was on the list had a fantastic career,” O’Toole said. “To be the lone guy going in is shocking and a tremendous honor. Just to be recognized is unbelievable and something to be proud of."
O'Toole played 16 seasons in the league from 1995-2010, highlighted by 12 years with the Rochester Knighthawks and three seasons with the Buffalo Bandits. The 2003 NLL Goaltender of the Year made 6,464 saves, second-most in league history, in 204 regular season games, which are the 10th-most games played in NLL history. O'Toole won two championships as a player, first with Buffalo in 1996 when he was named title game MVP, and again with the Knighthawks in 2007.
Rochester's all-time franchise leader in wins (102) and saves (5,756), O'Toole posted a career record of 115-56 with an 11.40 goals against average and .768 save percentage while adding an NLL-record three goals and 136 assists. O'Toole had a 9-9 record in 23 career playoff games with six Championship Game appearances (1996-1997, 1999-2000, 2003, 2007).
“When you’re playing you only want to win. Things like stats and getting into Hall of Fames don’t even register,” O’Toole said. “Once you are done, you can look back and be proud of the records you achieved while you were playing.”
The Brampton, Ontario native currently serves as Rochester's goaltending coach and has now won back-to-back championships as a member of the team's coaching staff. O'Toole was inducted into the Knighthawks Hall of Fame this past March during a pregame ceremony. O'Toole joins fellow goaltenders Bob Watson and Steve Dietrich as the lone inductees into the Hall of Fame for the third-straight year.
The six finalists for the Class of 2013 were selected last month by the league’s Hall of Fame Committee. The other five finalists were first-time nominees Pat McCready and Kaleb Toth, along with three automatically returning from last year's ballot in Chris Driscoll, Regy Thorpe and the 1993 Buffalo Bandits.
O'Toole received votes on over 78 percent of the ballots, followed by both McCready and Toth (48%), the 1993 Bandits (42%), and both Chris Driscoll and Regy Thorpe (21%).
Hall of Fame ballots were cast by the teams, current members of the NLL Hall of Fame and senior members of the league’s covering media. Voters were able to select up to three of the six nominees on the ballot. To win induction into the Hall of Fame, nominees must be selected on a minimum of 75 percent of the ballots cast.
NLL Hall of Fame Class of 2013 induction ceremony plans will be announced at a later date.
The NLL Hall of Fame was established in 2006. The 21 current members are:
Class of 2006 (Founding Members)
Class of 2007
Class of 2008
Class of 2009
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Members of Media Recognized by Hall of Fame
Tom Borrelli (2007)
Neil Stevens (2008)