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Nll 30Th Anniversary Team: #21-25

It’s now less than 30 days from the start of the 2016 NLL season on New Year’s Day as the National Lacrosse League celebrates its 30th anniversary year. Commemorating three decades of pro box lacrosse, the league continues the unveiling of the NLL 30th Anniversary Team with players ranked #21-25 as voted on by the league’s media members.

Follow #NLL30 and stay tuned to see which legendary players, past and present, will be highlighted as the top 30 all-time players to ever play the game before the quest for the Champion’s Cup begins with the new year when the ball drops on a new season.

30) Ryan Benesch

Stats: 139 GP, 290 G, 387 A, 677 PTS, 654 LB
Experience: Rock (2007-2008), Rush (2009), Swarm (2010-2013), Bandits (2014-current)

29) Lewis Ratcliff

Stats: 196 GP, 440 G, 519 A, 959 PTS, 743 LB
Experience: Roughnecks (2003-2008), Rock (2008-2009), Stealth (2010-2015)

28) Rhys Duch

Stats: 113 GP, 265 G, 358 A, 623 PTS, 533 LB
Experience: Stealth (2009-current)

27) Blaine Manning

Stats: 181 GP, 307 G, 526 A, 833 PTS, 847 LB
Experience: Rock (2002-2013)

26) Rich Kilgour

Stats: 200 GP, 94 G, 223 A, 317 PTS, 824 LB
Experience: Bandits (1992-2009)

25) Gavin Prout

Stats: 184 GP, 301 G, 621 A, 922 PTS, 926 LB
Experience: New York (2002-2003), Mammoth (2004-2009, 2011, 2012-2013), Rush (2010-2011) 

24) Steve Dietrich

Stats: 195 GP, 60 W, 12.01 GAA, 5,514 SV, .768 SV %
Experience: Baltimore (1992), Detroit (1994), Knighthawks (1995-2001), Bandits (2002-2007), Roughnecks (2008), Rock (2009-2010)

23) Curtis Dickson

Stats: 84 GP, 198 G, 137 A, 335 PTS, 226 LB
Experience: Roughnecks (2011-current)

22) Mark Steenhuis

Stats: 219 GP, 397 G, 464 A, 861 PTS, 1,476 LB
Experience: Columbus (2002), Bandits (2003-current)

21) Tracey Kelusky

Stats: 195 GP, 383 G, 440 A, 823 PTS, 886 LB
Experience: Columbus (2001), Montreal (2002), Roughnecks (2003-2010), Bandits (2011-2013), Philadelphia (2014)

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The NLL 30th Anniversary Team was determined by combined voting of the league’s media members ranking the top 30 players from the pool of nominees. The nominee list was comprised of NLL Hall of Famers and annual league leaders plus prominent active players with five or more years of experience in the league.

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