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Bandits’ Smith Wins ‘Air Canada Wingman’ Again In Week 7

The National Lacrosse League has announced Buffalo Bandits forward Dhane Smith as the “Air Canada Wingman of the Week” award winner for Week 7 of the 2016 NLL season.

Smith won his second Wingman award of the season by posting a league-high 13 points, the most by an NLL player in a game so far this season, in Buffalo’s 21-14 road win over the Georgia Swarm last Sunday. The NLL’s leading scorer is averaging a league-best 8.33 points per game with 50 points (21+29) in six games this season and ranks tied for first with 21 goals and second with 29 assists.

The four-year veteran leads the league with three game-winning goals, his seven power play goals are tied for the most in the NLL, and his 35 loose balls are fourth-most among NLL forwards and tied for 21st overall. Smith has posted five or more points and at least two goals in all six games including three games with nine-plus points while scoring a hat trick in five games.

The 23-year-old from Kitchener, Ont. was Buffalo’s first-round (5th overall) selection in the 2012 NLL Draft and was named to the 2013 NLL All-Rookie Team. Smith has scored over 20 goals in each of his first four seasons, highlighted by his 2015 campaign where he recorded 107 points (39+68).

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
Week 3) Callum Crawford – Colorado Mammoth
Week 4) Dhane Smith – Buffalo Bandits
Week 5) Lyle Thompson – Georgia Swarm
Week 6) Logan Schuss – Vancouver Stealth
Week 7) Dhane Smith – Buffalo Bandits

About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada’s largest full-service airline and the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the Canada-U.S. transborder market and in the international market to and from Canada. Together with its Air Canada Express regional partners and leisure carrier, Air Canada rouge, Air Canada serves over 38 million passengers annually and provides direct passenger service to more than 190 destinations on five continents. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance™, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network.

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