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Albany’s Alex Simmons Wins 2023-24 NLL Rookie of the Year

Simmons caps special first season with trip to NLL Finals presented by AXIA Time

Albany FireWolves forward Alex Simmons, the National Lacrosse League (@NLL) leader among rookies in goals, assists, and points, was selected as the NLL Rookie of the Year the League announced today in advance of Game 1 of the 2024 NLL Finals presented by AXIA Time starting tonight at MVP Arena in Albany (7 p.m. ET, TSN, TSN+, ESPN+, CW23).

While pacing all NLL rookies in every offensive scoring category (38 goals, 58 assists, and 96 points), Simmons ended the regular season with the second-most points by a rookie in NLL history, and finished second overall in the League with 233 shots on goal.

Simmons and fellow Rookie of the Year finalist Tye Kurtz led Albany’s resurgence from a 3-15 squad last year to two wins away from hoisting the NLL Cup as champions this season.

The NLL All-Rookie team is made up of the six first-year players who garnered the most points in the Rookie of the Year selection process, regardless of position:

2023-24 NLL All-Rookie Team:

  • Alex Simmons, forward, Albany FireWolves (Rookie of the Year)

  • Owen Grant, transition, Vancouver Warriors

  • Callum Jones, defense, New York Riptide

  • Tye Kurtz, forward, Albany FireWolves

  • Brayden Laity, defense, Vancouver Warriors

  • Thomas McConvey, forward, Rochester Knighthawks

 

Below are the all-time winners of the NLL Rookie of the Year Award:

  • 2024 – Alex Simmons, Albany FireWolves

  • 2023 – Jonathan Donville, Panther City Lacrosse Club

  • 2022 – Jeff Teat, New York Riptide

  • 2020 – Tyson Gibson, New York Riptide

  • 2019 – Austin Staats, San Diego Seals

  • 2018 – Jake Withers, Rochester Knighthawks

  • 2017 – Tom Schreiber, Toronto Rock

  • 2016 – Randy Staats, Georgia Swarm

  • 2015 – Ben McIntosh, Edmonton Rush

  • 2014 – Logan Schuss, Minnesota Swarm

  • 2013 – Mark Matthews, Edmonton Rush

  • 2012 – Adam Jones, Colorado Mammoth

  • 2011 – Curtis Dickson, Calgary Roughnecks

  • 2010 – Stephan Leblanc, Toronto Rock

  • 2009 – Rhys Duch, San Jose Stealth

  • 2008 – Craig Point, Minnesota Swarm

  • 2007 – Ryan Benesch, Toronto Rock

  • 2006 – Brodie Merrill, Portland Lumberjax

  • 2005 – Ryan Boyle, San Jose Stealth

  • 2004 – Taylor Wray, Calgary Roughnecks

  • 2003 – Brian Langtry, Colorado Mammoth

  • 2002 – Blaine Manning, Toronto Rock

  • 2001 – Tracey Kelusky, Columbus Landsharks

  • 2000 – John Grant Jr., Rochester Knighthawks

  • 1999 – Jesse Hubbard, Baltimore Thunder

  • 1998 – Colin Doyle, Ontario Raiders

  • 1997 – Jeff Wilfong, Boston Blazers

  • 1996 – Darren Fridge, Boston Blazers

  • 1995 – Charlie Lockwood, New York Saints

  • 1994 – Tom Marachek – Philadelphia Wings

  • 1993 – no award given

  • 1992 – Derek Keenan, Buffalo Bandits

  • 1991 – Gary Gait, Detroit Turbos

2023-24 NLL Awards announcement schedule and summary:

Monday, May 13

  • Executive of the Year – John Catalano, President and Chief Executive Officer, Halifax Thunderbirds

  • Tom Borrelli Award (Media Person of the Year) – Adam Levi, NLL.com, Inside Lacrosse

Tuesday, May 14

  • Sportsmanship Award – Lyle Thompson, Georgia Swarm

  • Teammate of the Year (via NLLPA) – Zack Greer, Las Vegas Desert Dogs

Wednesday, May 15

  • Les Bartley Award (Coach of the Year) – Glenn Clark, Albany FireWolves

  • General Manager of the Year – Glenn Clark, Albany FireWolves

Thursday, May 16

  • Offensive Player of the Year – Josh Byrne, Buffalo Bandits

  • Defensive Player of the Year – Ryan Dilks, Vancouver Warriors

  • Transition Player of the Year – Jake Withers, Halifax Thunderbirds

  • Goaltender of the Year – Nick Rose, Toronto Rock

Friday, May 17

  • Most Valuable Player and the 2023-24 All-NLL First and Second Teams

Finalists for each award, announced last week, as well as selection criteria can be found here.

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