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Nll 30Th Anniversary Team

The start of the 2016 NLL season on New Year’s Day is now just days away as the National Lacrosse League celebrates its 30th anniversary year with NLL Face Off Weekend presented by New Era Cap. Commemorating three decades of pro box lacrosse, the league continues the unveiling of the NLL 30th Anniversary Team 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, 812 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, 1,006 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)

20) Casey Powell

Stats: 137 GP, 279 G, 395 A, 674 PTS, 629 LB
Experience: Knighthawks (1999-2000, 2013), Anaheim (2004-2005), New York (2007-2009), Orlando (2010), Boston (2011), Mammoth (2013-2014)

19) Kyle Rubisch

Stats: 84 GP, 11 G, 29 A, 40 PTS, 696 LB, 204 FT
Experience: Boston (2011), Rush (2012-current)

18) Cody Jamieson

Stats: 83 GP, 164 G, 263 A, 427 PTS, 294 LB
Experience: Knighthawks (2011-current)

17) Matt Vinc

Stats: 150 GP, 78-57 W/L, 10.69 GAA, 5,283 SV, .783 SV %
Experience: Stealth (2006), New York (2007-2009), Orlando (2010), Knighthawks (2011-current)

16) Darris Kilgour

Stats: 76 GP, 144 G, 168 A, 312 PTS, 418 LB
Experience: Bandits (1992-1999), Knighthawks (1999), Albany (2000)

15) Tom Marechek 

Stats: 146 GP, 399 G, 374 A, 773 PTS, 698 LB
Experience: Philadelphia (1994-2005)

14) Brodie Merrill

Stats: 161 GP, 121 G, 260 A, 381 PTS, 1,834 LB
Experience: Portland (2006-2009), Rush (2010-2011), Philadelphia (2012-2014), Rock (2015-current)

13) Pat Coyle

Stats: 156 GP, 28 G, 105 A, 133 PTS, 940 LB
Experience: Detroit (1994), Rock (1998-2004), Mammoth (2005-2008)

12) Shawn Evans

Stats: 161 GP, 280 G, 509 A, 789 PTS, 925 LB
Experience: Knighthawks (2006-2011), Roughnecks (2012-2015), Black Wolves (current)

11) Josh Sanderson

Stats: 257 GP, 438 G, 877 A, 1,315 PTS, 1,178 LB
Experience: Knighthawks (1998-1999), Albany (2000-2003), Stealth (2004), Roughnecks (2008-2010), Boston (2011), Rock (2005-2008, 2012-2015)

10) Dan Dawson

Stats: 223 GP, 411 G, 711 A, 1,122 PTS, 871 LB
Experience: Columbus (2002-2003), Arizona (2004-2007), Portland (2008), Boston (2009-2011), Philadelphia (2012), Knighthawks (2013-current)

9) Shawn Williams

Stats: 257 GP, 444 G, 708 A, 1,152 PTS, 1,101 LB
Experience: Rock (1998-1999), Bandits (2000-2001, 2013-2014), Knighthawks (2002-2011), Rush (2012)

8) Bob Watson

Stats: 217 GP, 105-66, 11.14 GAA, 6,471 SV, .769 SV% 
Experience: Baltimore (1996), Rock (1998-2011)

7) Dallas Eliuk

Stats: 213 GP, 12.24 GAA, 6,356 SV, .762 SV%
Experience: Philadelphia (1991-2005), Portland (2006-2008)

6) Jim Veltman

Stats: 194 GP, 157 G, 493 A, 650 PTS, 2,417 LB
Experience: Bandits (1992-1996), Rock (1998-2008)

5) Paul Gait

Stats: 128 GP, 410 G, 302 A, 712 PTS, 734 LB
Experience: Detroit (1991-1992), Philadelphia (1993-1994), Knighthawks (1995-1997), Syracuse (1998-2000), Washington (2001-2002), Mammoth (2005)

4) Colin Doyle

Stats: 256 GP, 517 G, 822 A, 1,339 PTS, 992 LB
Experience: Rock (1998-2006, 2010-current), Stealth (2007-2009)

3) John Grant, Jr.

Stats: 221 GP, 636 G, 730 A, 1,366 PTS, 1,152 LB
Experience: Knighthawks (2000-2010), Mammoth (2011-current)

2) Gary Gait

Stats: 198 GP, 635 G, 530 A, 1,165 PTS, 1,171 LB
Experience: Detroit (1991-1992), Philadelphia (1993-1997), Baltimore (1998-1999), Pittsburgh (2000), Washington (2001-2002), Mammoth (2003-2005), Knighthawks (2009-2011)

1) John Tavares

Stats: 306 GP, 815 G, 934 A, 1,749 PTS, 2,191 LB
Experience: Bandits (1992-2015)

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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