2-12-00: The Pittsburgh CrosseFire acquired Paul Gait in a mid-season trade with the Syracuse Smash that reunites Paul with his brother Gary Gait for the first time in their pro careers since 1994.
2-26-00: 18,911 fans pack the First Union Center in Philadelphia to watch their Philadelphia Wings defeat the Pittsburgh CrosseFire 14-8. This is the largest single-game crowd to ever see a professional indoor lacrosse game.
5-6-00: Kaleb Toth beats Knighthawks goaltender Pat O’Toole with one second remaining in regulation time to give the Toronto Rock a 14-13 victory, and their second straight Championship. Dubbed the “Greatest Professional Indoor Lacrosse Game of All-Time”, the 2000 Final is the last sporting event to be held in the historic Maple Leaf Gardens.
9-16-00: The city of Columbus, Ohio is granted an Expansion team.
9-17-00: At a press conference at the ESPNZone in New York City, Jim Jennings is named the new Commissioner of the National Lacrosse League. Jennings announces that League’s Headquarters will be relocated from Buffalo,New York to Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
9-20-00: Commissioner Jim Jennings appoints George Daniel to the position of Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel for the NLL
1-21-00: The League holds its 2000 Entry Draft at the Air Canada Centre. The Columbus Landsharks drafted Tracey Kelusky from the University of Hartford as the first overall selection.
10-16-00: The sale of the Syracuse Smash is complete and the franchise will be relocated to Ottawa, Ontario. The Ottawa Rebel will begin play in the Corel Center in the 2000-2001 season.
10-25-00: The Pittsburgh CrosseFire are sold and relocated to Washington D.C., and the franchise is later re-named the Washington Power.
1-5-01: The League expands its growth in Canada as the Ottawa Rebel play their first-ever home game at the Corel Centre in Kanata, Ontario. The Rebel loses to the Toronto Rock, 16-7 in front of 12,193 fans.
3-17-01: Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares collected his 86th point to break the League’s single season scoring record at the HSBC Arena against the Albany Attack.
3-28-01: A press conference is held in Calgary, Alberta to announce the Calgary Roughnecks as the tenth League franchise. The Roughnecks are owned by Calgary businessman Brad Banister. The Roughnecks will play their home games at the Penngrowth Saddledome, starting in the 2001-2002 season.
3-31-01: The Toronto Rock sells out the Air Canada Centre. 19,059 fans pack the ACC as the Rock defeats the Columbus Landsharks 11-8. The crowd sets a new League single-game attendance record.
4-9-01: A press conference is held in Vancouver, British Columbia to announce the Vancouver Ravens as the eleventh League franchise. The Ravens will play their home games at General Motors Place, starting in the 2001-2002 season.
4-27-01: In front of the League’s largest crowd in history, the Philadelphia Wings won their sixth League Championship Title with a 9-8 win over the Toronto Rock at the Air Canada Centre in front of 19,409 fans. Wings goaltender Dallas Eliuk is named Most Valuable Player.
5-2-01: A press conference is held in East Rutherford, New Jersey to announce the New Jersey Storm as the twelfth League franchise. The Storm is owned by former New Jersey Nets All-Star Jayson Williams. The Storm will play their home games at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, starting in the 2001-2002 season.
5-4-01: A press conference is held in Montreal to announce the Montreal Express as the thirteenth League franchise. Randy Gilles and Michael Holliday are the principal owners. The Express will play their home games at the Molson Centre, starting in the 2001-2002 season.
8-13-01: The League relocates its office from Lyndhurst, NJ to New York City. The offices are located in the heart of midtown Manhattan.
8-20-01: The League announces a two-year agreement with CNN/Sports Illustrated to be the League’s national broadcast partner in the United States for the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. CNN/SI will broadcast 23 games throughout each season, including 17 “Game of the Week” broadcasts and all five playoff games, including the Championship Game in April of 2002.
9-5-01: The League announces a second national television partner in the United States. HDNet, the world’s first all high-definition sports and entertainment network, announces it will carry 34 games during the upcoming season.
9-11-01: The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center claim thousands of lives, including a former member of the New York Saints. John Salerno of Port Washington, NY played for the Saints in 1993. Salerno was an employee of Cantor Fitzgerald Securities, one of the hardest hit firms on September 11th.
9-20-01: The League announces Rogers Sportsnet to be the league’s national broadcast partner in Canada. Sportsnet will broadcast 26 games during the 2001-2002 regular season. Sportsnet will also carry the 2001-2002 Playoffs, including the Championship Game in April of 2002.
11-24-01: The Calgary Roughnecks host the Montreal Express in the inaugural game for both clubs. History is made at the Penngrowth Saddledome in Calgary as the Express defeat the Roughnecks by a score of 32-17. The game sets new League records for most combined goals scored in one game (49), and most goals scored by one team in a single game (32). A crowd of 9,517 saw the historic game.
11-26-01: Paul Gait announces that his twelfth season in the League will be his last, set to retire following the 2001-2002 season. The Washington Power forward comes into the season as the League’s second-leading goal scorer of all time, trailing only his brother Gary.
12-1-01: The Vancouver Ravens play their inaugural home game at General Motors Place in Vancouver. The Ravens give the crowd of 13,772 much to cheer about, beating the Toronto Rock 13-12. The crowd makes history as the largest ever to attend the first home game of a new League franchise.
1-26-02: The Toronto Rock fans make history again. A crowd of 18,543 fill the Air Canada Centre as the Rock defeated the Rochester Knighthawks, 14-9. The crowd is the sixth largest in League history, and gives Toronto three of the top six single-game attendance records of all-time.
3-24-02: A new individual player record is set for assists in a single-season. Albany Attack forward Josh Sanderson tallies four assists, giving him a final total of 68 for the season. Sanderson breaks the previous record of 64, set by Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares during the 2000-2001 season. The Tavares mark is still the highest for all seasons with fourteen regular season games or less.
3-24-02: The 2001-2002 regular season is complete. For the first time in League history, the Champions Cup Playoffs will feature six teams. Albany is the top seed, followed by Toronto, Washington, Rochester, Vancouver and Philadelphia.
3-28-02: The League’s Board of Governors vote unanimously to raise the price of expansion franchises to three million dollars, U.S. funds. The previous price was one million.
4-5-02: In the first semi-final, the Toronto Rock defeat the Washington Power, 12-11 in double overtime. The loss eliminates Washington, and marks the end of Paul Gait’s twelve-year career in the League. Gait retires with 404 regular season goals (second highest of all time), 299 assists (fourth) for a total of 703 points (third). Gait was awarded with the League MVP Award for the 2001-2002 season.
4-13-02: The Albany Attack host the Toronto Rock in the 2002 Champions Cup Final. The Rock defeat the Attack by a score of 13-12 to capture their third title, all won in the past four seasons. 9,289 fans watch the game at the Pepsi Arena in Albany. Toronto forward Colin Doyle was voted Championship Game MVP, scoring three goals and one assist.
4-21-02: The 2002 All-Star Game is played at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The All-Stars of the North Team, composed of players from Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Rochester, Toronto and Vancouver defeat the All-Stars of the South Team, composed of players from Albany, Buffalo, Columbus, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and Washington by a score of 14-10. Toronto Rock forward Steve Toll wins the All-Star Game MVP Award, scoring three goals and adding one assist.
7-9-02: The League announces the sale and relocation of the Washington Power franchise to the city of Denver, Colorado. The franchise will play its home games at the Pepsi Center. The team is now owned by Kroenke Sports Enterprises, whose holdings include the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Pepsi Center, and the yet-to-be-named Colorado NLL team. The new team marks the League’s first United States team west of the Mississippi River.
8-16-02: The League grants a one-year suspension of operations to the Montreal Express franchise. The Express players will be dispersed to the other twelve NLL clubs via Dispersal Draft, to be held on the day of the 2002 Entry Draft.
10-24-02: Kroenke Sports Enterprises introduces the name and logo of the Colorado Mammoth.
12-6-02: New Jersey Storm goaltender Ginny Capicchoni becomes the first woman to play in the NLL. Capicchoni stops ten out of fifteen shots faced in helping the Storm defeat the Buffalo Bandits 14-12 in a preseason contest at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.
1-3-03: The Colorado Mammoth play their inaugural home game at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Mammoth treated the home crowd of 16,121 fans to a
thrilling 13-12 win in double overtime against the Toronto Rock. The crowd broke the previous record for an inaugural home game attendance, previously held by the Vancouver Ravens (13,772 in 2001).
4-11-03: In front of a season high crowd of 13,869 at the Saddledome, the Calgary Roughnecks defeat the Buffalo Bandits 16-14 in their final regular season game. The win propels the Roughnecks to their first franchise playoff appearance.
4-13-03: New Jersey Storm goaltender Ginny Capicchioni becomes the first woman to play in a regular-season NLL game, recording seven saves in relief during an 18-9 loss to the Vancouver Ravens at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.
5-3-03: The Rochester Knighthawks host the Toronto Rock in the 2003 Champions Cup Final. The Rock defeated the Knighthawks by a score of 8-6 to capture their fourth title, all won in the past five seasons. 11,051 fans attend the game at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. Toronto goalie Bob Watson earns Championship Game MVP honors with his 40 saves.
6-9-03: The League announces the sale and relocation of the Albany Attack franchise to the city of San Jose, California. The franchise will play its home games at the HP Pavilion. The team will be owned and operated by a partnership consisting of two entities: Silicon Valley Sports and Entertainment, the marketing and business arm of the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League; the second partnership is a group of investors, led by John Bergsma and Peter Wendell. The new team marks the League’s first United States team on the west coast of the United States.
7-24-03: The League announces the sale and relocation of the New Jersey Storm to Anaheim, CA. Home games will be played at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. The team will be operated by the management and staff of the Arrowhead Pond. The new Anaheim team gives the league a presence in the second largest population and television market in the United States.
7-30-03: The League grants a one-year suspension of operations to the Ottawa Rebel franchise. The Ottawa players are dispersed to the other eleven teams via Dispersal Draft.
8-11-03: The League awards the 2004 All-Star Game to the city of Denver. The Colorado Mammoth and Pepsi Center are designated as the host team and arena for the All-Star Game, to be played on February 22nd.
8-22-03: The League grants a one-year suspension of operations to the New York Saints franchise. The Saints players are declared free agents. The team played its games at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.
8-28-03: The League announces the sale and relocation of the Columbus Landsharks to the city of Phoenix, AZ. The team will be partially owned and operated by the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League. The team will join the Coyotes in playing at the brand new Glendale Arena, located in suburban Phoenix.
9-8-03: A new divisional format is announced for the regular season. The first ever Western Division will consist of Anaheim, Arizona, Calgary, Colorado, San Jose and Vancouver. The East will consist of Buffalo, Philadelphia, Rochester and Toronto. The top three teams in each division shall earn playoff berths, with the division champions receiving byes. The second and third place finishers shall face each other in the opening round with the winners facing their respective division champions in the semi-final round. The semi-final winners shall meet in the 2004 Champions Cup Final with the higher seed hosting.
9-10-03: The Score network becomes the league’s new national broadcast partner in Canada. The Score will consist of fifteen live regular season game broadcasts, spread across a “Game of the Week” format. The Score will also carry the 2002-2003 All-Star Game and Playoffs, including the Champions Cup Game in April of 2003.
9-16-03: Bay Area Lacrosse introduces the name and logo of the San Jose Stealth.
9-17-03: Anaheim Lacrosse announces that the team will retain the same Storm logo and colors as used in their previous two seasons in New Jersey.
11-15-03: Arizona Lacrosse introduces the name and logo of the Arizona Sting
12-17-03: League announces a new partnership with Fox Sports Net to broadcast NLL games to over 50 million homes during the 2003-04 season.
12-18-03: Toronto Rock forward Kevin Finneran announced his retirement from the National Lacrosse League after 13 seasons. Coined as the “Iron Man”, Finneran holds the record for most consecutive indoor lacrosse games played in league history (138). In his career, he accumulated 644 points on 262 goals and 382 assists.
12-22-03: The National Lacrosse League announces a return to the YES Network (Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network) for the 2003-04 season. The YES Network will carry eight regular season games with an emphasis on the league’s two New York teams, the Buffalo Bandits and the Rochester Knighthawks.
1-10-04: The Arizona Sting defeat the Anaheim Storm in triple-overtime, 19-18, in front of 6,476 fans at the Arrowhead Pond in the NLL’s first ever regular season game in Southern California. The game marked the first time an NLL game was decided in triple overtime.
1-30-04: The Colorado Mammoth host a sellout crowd of 18,305 at Pepsi Center in a 14-13 loss to the Calgary Roughnecks. The Mammoth went on to record five sellout crowds on the season.
2-22-04: The 2004 All-Star Game was played in front of 16,742 fans at Pepsi Center in Denver, home of the Colorado Mammoth. The crowd was the largest All-Star Game crowd in league history. The East Division All-Stars defeated the West Division All-Stars by a score of 19-15.
3-25-04: Gary Gait became the first player in league history to reach 1,000 career points. Gait scored six goals and added two assists for eight points to reach the milestone in an 18-6 victory over the San Jose Stealth in front of a sellout crowd of 18,305 at Pepsi Center in Denver.
5-7-04: The Calgary Roughnecks won their first ever Champions Cup by defeating the Buffalo Bandits 14-11 at Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary. The game was played in front of 19,289 fans. The sellout crowd is the largest in Roughnecks history and the second highest single game attendance total in NLL history.
8-10-04: The league announces the placement of a franchise in Minnesota. The new team will be owned and operated by Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, owners of the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League. The Minnesota team will enter the league for the 2005 season and play its home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
10-01-04: The National Lacrosse League reached a new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Professional Lacrosse Player’s Association (PLPA). The agreement covers the league’s 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons.
10-25-04: Minnesota Lacrosse introduces the name and logo of the Minnesota Swarm.
12-11-04: A new pre-season attendance record is set as 14,084 fans come to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul for the first home exhibition game of the expansion Minnesota Swarm. The game marks the first professional lacrosse game ever played in the state of Minnesota. The Swarm lose to Colorado by a score of 16-6.
1-1-05: The Minnesota Swarm defeated the Rochester Knighthawks, 12-11, in front of 8,532 fans at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, to open the 2005 season. The expansion Swarm became only the third expansion team to win their inaugural game.
1-30-05: The league announced a historic television agreement with NBC Sports that would bring the game of lacrosse to network television for the first time in history of the sport. The announcement was made by Ken Schanzer, President, NBC Sports and NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings. NBC would provide live broadcasts of the NLL All-Star Game and Champion’s Cup Final.
2-1-05: The league announced a weekly television broadcast schedule in the United States for the remainder of the 2005 season. The league would broadcast the “NLL Game of the Week” into millions of homes each week through its new broadcast partnerships with the America One Television Network and a host of regional sports networks across the country, including Cox Sports Television and Comcast stations across the country.
2-2-05: The league announced that the 2005 All-Star Game and Champions Cup Final would each air on the CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia networks. The two networks, members of the NBC Universal family of stations, reach a combined 50 million homes throughout Europe and Asia.
2-11-05: Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares tallied his 500th career assist in a 20-9 win over the Anaheim Storm as part of an eleven point performance (2G, 9A) that evening. The veteran forward was the first player to ever tally 500 career assists in league history.
2-19-05: Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares reached another career milestone tallying his 1,000th career point in an 11-7 win over the Rochester Knighthawks. Tavares scored seven points on the evening (3 goals, 4 assists) and became just the second ever player to reach the 1,000 career point milestone. He reached the milestone in his 154th career regular season game, three games quicker than the only other player to reach the milestone, Colorado Mammoth forward Gary Gait. Gait tallied his 1,000th point on March 26, 2004 in his 157th career regular season game.
2-23-05: The league announced the television broadcast team for the 2005 All- Star Game, on NBC. Veteran National Hockey League announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick would handle the play-by-play, while Brian Shanahan from the Score would serve as the color analyst. NBC’s Mark Morgan would be the sideline reporter.
2-26-05: The National Lacrosse League All-Star Game aired live on NBC at 2PM Eastern. The game became the first live broadcast of lacrosse on national U.S. network television. The game was also televised in Canada on The Score, and internationally via CNBC International, CNBC Asia and on Armed Forces Network. The East Division (Buffalo, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Rochester, Toronto) defeated the West Division (Anaheim, Arizona, Calgary, Colorado, San Jose) 11-10 in overtime in front of 11,511 fans at Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.
3-11-05: Buffalo Bandits veteran forward John Tavares scored his 500th career goal and was just the second ever player to reach the milestone. Tavares netted five goals on the evening and added five assists for ten points in a 23-16 victory over the Minnesota Swarm. After reaching the 500 goals mark, Tavares became the first ever player to reach all three major career milestones – 500 goals, 500 assists, and 1,000 points.
3-14-05: The NLL announced an agreement with Bell Express Vu, Canada’s leading direct-to-home satellite television company to broadcast games to out of-market fans on its pay-per-view channels to regions of Canada that are outside of the regional broadcast territories.
3-24-05: Legendary lacrosse superstars and twin brothers Paul and Gary Gait were reunited when Paul ended his retirement signing with the Colorado Mammoth.
4-11-05: The league awarded its 2006 All-Star Game to the Toronto Rock, at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, February 25th, 2006 and the 2006 All-Star Game logo was unveiled.
4-15-05: Veteran Philadelphia Wings forward and all-time franchise scoring leader Tom “Hollywood” Marechek played his final NLL game in a 14-12 loss to the Minnesota Swarm and had five points (3g, 2a) in the contest. He retired from the NLL after twelve seasons all with the Wings and as the league’s third all-time leading scorer with 773 career points, as the league’s fourth all-time goal scorer with 399, and as the league’s fourth all-time assists leader with 373.
5-6-05: The league awards a franchise to the city of Edmonton, Alberta to begin play in the 2006 season. The Edmonton franchise plays its home games at Rexall Place, also the home arena of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League.
5-11-05: The league awards a franchise to the City of Portland, Oregon to begin to play in the 2006 season. Portland will play their home games at the Global Spectrum-managed Rose Garden home of the NBA’s Trail Blazers.
5-14-05: The 2005 Edge NLL Championship Game is played in front of an NLL record 19,432 fans at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and in front of a national network television audience in the U.S. on NBC and in Canada on the Score. The Toronto Rock defeated the Arizona Sting 19-13 capturing their fifth title in seven seasons. Colin Doyle was named MVP of the game after leading the Rock with five goals and three assists.
5-15-05: Legendary coach Les Bartley passes away after an 18 month battle with colon cancer. Bartley served as Head Coach and General Manager of the Toronto Rock between 1999 and 2003. He posted a 51-19 regular season record and 9-1 post-season record in five seasons. He also led the team to a 37-5 regular season home record in the same time. Bartley began his coaching career in 1991 and would go on to lead his teams to eleven Championship games, winning seven League Championships. Four of those seven were with the Rock; back-to-back titles in 1999-00 and 2002-03. Prior to coming to Toronto, Bartley coached the Bandits to titles in 1992, 1993 and 1996.
5-23-05: The league announces that the 2005 attendance average was 10,400, a 3% increase over 2004’s average of 10,088.
6-3-05: The NLL announces that the league will consist of eleven teams for the 2006 season. The eleven-team league will include expansion teams in Edmonton, Alberta and Portland, Oregon. The league announces that the Anaheim Storm lacrosse club has suspended operations.
6-9-05: The expansion Edmonton team announces the team name to be the Edmonton Rush.
6-15-05: The league announces the divisional alignments and an expanded Champions Cup Playoffs format for the 2006 season. The league continues playing with two divisions, the East (Buffalo, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Rochester, Toronto) and West (Arizona, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Portland, San Jose). The divisional alignments were expanded so the top four teams in each division will advance to the playoffs.
6-16-05: The league announces the establishment of the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame opens with five charter members who have made immeasurable contributions to the league and the sport of lacrosse. The five charter members are league founders Russ Cline and Chris Fritz; legendary lacrosse stars Gary Gait and Paul Gait, and the late Les Bartley, the winningest coach in league history.
6-21-05: The Colorado Mammoth announces Hall of Fame forward Gary Gait as Head Coach.
7-12-05: The expansion Portland team announces the team name to be the Portland LumberJax and unveils the team logo and colors.
11-14-05: The NLL unveils a special logo commemorating the league’s 20th season.
11-15-05: The NLL and Reebok announce a multi-year exclusive partnership in which all NLL players will use Reebok equipment and will be exclusively outfitted in the brand’s footwear and apparel. The partnership makes the brand the official equipment, uniform and footwear provider of the league. The agreement makes Reebok the exclusive licensee of official NLL apparel including authentic and replica jerseys, caps, shirts and additional clothing.
12-30-05: The league’s 20th season begins as the Colorado Mammoth host the Philadelphia Wings at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Wings went on to defeat the Mammoth 13-11 in the contest. The game also marked Hall of Fame player Gary Gait’s first game as a coach in the league, serving as Colorado Mammoth Head Coach. Prior to the game, the Mammoth retired Gait’s #22 jersey.
2-5-06: Toronto Rock veteran and team captain Jim “Scoop” Veltman collected his 2,000th loose ball in a 14-10 win over the Calgary Roughnecks. Veltman is the first player in league history to reach the milestone.
2-16-06: The NLL announces it has awarded a franchise to the city of Chicago for the 2007 season. The Chicago team becomes the league’s twelfth franchise, and it will play its home games at the Sears Centre, a brand new, state-of-theart, indoor arena in Hoffman Estates, a northwest suburb of Chicago.
2-23-06: The Inaugural Class of the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame was officially inducted. The ceremony was held in Toronto, Ontario as part of the 2006 Hall of Fame and All-Star Game weekend. League founders Russ Cline and Chris Fritz, legendary players Paul and Gary Gait, and the late Les Bartley, the winningest coach in league history, were all enshrined as the first members of the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.
2-24-06: The Toronto Rock host the Philadelphia Wings in the inaugural Hall of Fame Game, a regular season game played in honor of the first class of the NLL Hall of Fame. The Rock defeated the Wings 12-11 in overtime in front of 16,164 fans at Air Canada Centre.
2-25-06: The 2006 National Lacrosse League All-Star Game was held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, home of the Toronto Rock. The West Division (Arizona Sting, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Edmonton Rush, Portland LumberJax, San Jose Stealth) defeated the East Division (Buffalo Bandits, Minnesota Swarm, Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, Toronto Rock) by a score of 14-13 in front of 15,924 fans. Calgary Roughnecks forward Lewis Ratcliff scored the game winning goal with 4.4 seconds remaining. Ratcliff was named the Game MVP.
3-4-06: Buffalo Bandits veteran forward John Tavares broke the all-time career points record passing Gary Gait (1,091 points). Tavares scored the record breaking 1,092nd point of his career on an assist to Mark Steenhuis at 11:57 into the second quarter against the Minnesota Swarm. Tavares dished a pass to Steenhuis on the power play, and Steenhuis scored a goal past Minnesota Swarm goaltender Matt Disher.
4-15-06: The Portland LumberJax defeated the Minnesota Swarm 13-8 to complete an 11-5 regular season record and winning the West Division regular season title. The LumberJax became the first expansion team in league history to win a regular season title.
4-28-06: The National Lacrosse League sets a new attendance record as more than 1 million fans attend NLL games during the 2006 season. The NLL reached the milestone for the first time in the league’s 20-year existence hitting the one million mark at the West Division final playoff game between the Colorado Mammoth and Arizona Sting at Pepsi Center.
5-8-06: Portland LumberJax Managing Partner Angela Batinovich is named the NLL’s Executive of the Year for the 2006 season for successfully introducing
the sport of professional lacrosse to Portland and the Pacific Northwest. Batinovich, 25, becomes the league’s first female recipient of the award, and the youngest ever recipient of the award.
5-13-06: The Colorado Mammoth defeat the Buffalo Bandits 16-9 in front of 16,104 fans at HSBC Arena in Buffalo to secure the first championship in Colorado Mammoth history. Mammoth forward Gavin Prout is named game MVP scoring four goals and adding three assists for seven points in the win.
5-13-06: The National Lacrosse League finishes its 20th season by setting an all-time single season attendance mark, reaching a total of 1,037,147 fans for the 2006 season, including 88 regular season games, six playoff games, the 2006 All-Star Game in Toronto, and the 2006 RBK NLL Championship Game presented by Edge Active Care. The league season average attendance was 10,804.
6-12-06: The National Lacrosse League and OLN announce a historic partnership bringing the NLL to live national television every week throughout the 2007 season. The telecasts will air primarily in primetime on Saturday nights, starting in January and running through mid-April on OLN, which, as of September of 2006 will be known as VERSUS.
7-11-06: The National Lacrosse League announces the awarding of a franchise to New York City for the 2007 season. The official announcement was made during a press conference at East River Park in Manhattan by the honorable Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City and National Lacrosse League Commissioner Jim Jennings. The New York team becomes the league’s thirteenth franchise and will play its games at Madison Square Garden.
7-18-06: The NLL awards the 2007 All-Star Game to the Portland LumberJax, who will host the contest at Rose Garden on Saturday, March 10th. The announcement was made at Portland City Hall, by NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings, LumberJax Managing Partner Angela Batinovich and Portland Mayor Tom Potter. The league also announced a live national telecast of the 2007 All-Star Game on OLN, which will be changing its name to Versus in September 2006. Versus will telecast NLL games weekly throughout the league’s 2007 regular season.
9-13-06: The expansion New York franchise announces the team name to be the “New York Titans”. The team also unveiled its logo, website and inaugural season schedule. The team will play four home games at Madison Square Garden and four home games at Nassau Coliseum.
1-27-07: Rochester Knighthawks veteran forward John Grant sets an NLL single game points record. Grant broke out with 15 points on nine goals and six assists in Rochester’s 22-18 win over the New York Titans.
2-1-07: The NLL & SIRIUS Satellite Radio sign a multi-year broadcasting agreement that makes SIRIUS the exclusive Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NLL. SIRIUS also debuted a weekly one-hour show later in the 2007 season featuring highlights, news and analysis.
2-17-07: The Buffalo Bandits defeat the Philadelphia Wings 12-8 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia in the second ever National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame Game.
3-10-07: The Eastern Division defeats the Western Division 20-16 in front of 12,856 fans at Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, home of the Portland LumberJax, in the 2007 National Lacrosse League All-Star Game. Buffalo Bandits forward Mark Steenhuis was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, becoming the first player in NLL history to win two All-Star Game MVP honors. Steenhuis also won the award in 2004.
3-12-07: The National Lacrosse League awards the 2008 All-Star Game to the Edmonton Rush, who will host the contest at Rexall Place on Sunday, March 16, 2008.
3-31-07: The NLL reaches a milestone as the league plays its 1,000th regular season game. The Minnesota Swarm hosted the Colorado Mammoth at Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis/St Paul in the historic game. The Mammoth beat the Swarm 11-9.
5-9-07: The league announced it has awarded a franchise to the city of Boston. The Boston team becomes the league’s fourteenth franchise, and will play its home games at TD Banknorth Garden, the home arena of the NHL’s Boston Bruins and the NBA’s Boston Celtics. The team also announced that former Philadelphia Wings player Tom Ryan will be Head Coach. The expansion Boston team will begin play in January of 2009.
5-12-07: The Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Arizona Sting, 13-11, in the 2007 NLL Championship presented by Edge Active Care at Jobing.com Arena. John Grant was named Championship Game MVP with a three goal, five assist performance. The victory marks the first time Rochester has won the title since 1997.
10-5-07: The league’s new Boston team which will begin play in 2009 unveils their name — the Blazers — and logo at a press conference at TD Banknorth Garden.
10-25-07: The NLL reaches a new seven-year agreement with the Professional Lacrosse Players’ Union.
1-19-08: John Tavares breaks Gary Gait’s all-time goal scoring record. Tavares, who had already captured the all-time points and assists records, notched his record-breaking 597th career goal in the third quarter of Buffalo’s 17-13 victory over New York.
4-12-08: Despite seeing his team lose 15-14 to Minnesota, Philadelphia Forward Athan Iannucci breaks Gary Gait’s single season scoring record of 61 goals. His three goals on the night increased his total to 63, and he went on to finish the season with 71 goals.
5-17-08: The Buffalo Bandits defeated the Portland Lumberjax by the score of 14-13 in the 2008 Edge NLL Championship game at HSBC Arena. The event, which aired nationally on ESPN2, drew a sellout crowd of 18,690 fans. Mark Steenhuis captured the game’s MVP honors with five goals and one assist.
10-14-08: All-time great Gary Gait comes out of retirement to play for the Rochester Knighthawks. Gait’s rights were acquired in a trade with the Colorado Mammoth.
11-20-08: Tom Borrelli, the first media member recognized by the NLL Hall of Fame, passes away at the age of 51. A reporter for the Buffalo News, Borrelli died from complications suffered in an accident while covering a high school football game in Buffalo on November 8th.
11-25-08: The league announces the addition of instant replay for officials to review disputed goals and crease violations during games.
1-10-09: George Daniel is appointed Commissioner of the National Lacrosse League.
2-14-09: Buffalo Bandits transition player Mark Steenhuis sets two single game records in Buffalo’s 25-10 victory over the Toronto Rock at HSBC Arena. Steenhuis recorded 13 assists to break the previous mark of 11 held by Derek Malawsky and added four goals to finish the contest with 17 points, breaking the previous single-game points record of 15 held by John Grant.
5-15-09: Calgary wins its second championship, defeating New York 12-10 in front of 13,042 at Pengrowth Saddledome. Josh Sanderson was named Championship Game MVP, finishing with two goals and three assists.
8-11-09: The Titans relocate from New York to Orlando. The Orlando Titans will play home games at Amway Arena.