The National Lacrosse League has announced Georgia Swarm forward Kiel Matisz as the “Air Canada Wingman of the Week” award winner for Week 2 of the 2016 NLL season after the start of the league’s 30th anniversary year continued with four home openers on Saturday, Jan. 6.
Matisz had seven points (1+6) including six assists, the single-game high for an NLL player so far this season, in Georgia’s 12-7 win over the Toronto Rock in the Swarm’s inaugural home game. Matisz, who had an assist on the Swarm’s first three goals in the first quarter and posted six first-half points, is tied for the league lead with nine assists in 2016 and ranks tied for sixth overall in the NLL with 11 points (2+9).
The 26-year-old from Stoney Creek, Ont. played collegiately at Robert Morris University and was the Swarm’s first-round selection (third overall) in 2012 NLL Draft. Matisz was named to the NLL All-Rookie Team in 2013 after a 62-point (29+33) campaign before taking on a defensive role last season and finishing with 29 points (9+20).
Air Canada is the Official Airline Partner for the NLL. Each week, an NLL player will receive the “Air Canada Wingman of the Week” award based on their performance on the turf with respect to passing prowess and playmaking abilities. The weekly award winners will be entered into the pool of finalists for the “Air Canada Wingman of the Year” award at the end of the season.
Week 1) John Grant, Jr. – Colorado Mammoth
Week 2) Kiel Matisz – Georgia Swarm
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