The National Lacrosse League has announced the NLL 30th Anniversary Team countdown and has unveiled a commemorative logo, which will be featured on a special jersey patch, to honor the league’s 30th year in 2016.
The NLL 30th Anniversary Team will highlight the league’s top 30 all-time players during the preseason. The Team will be determined by a vote of the league’s covering media whom will rank players #1-30 from the pool of nominees. The nominee list is comprised of NLL Hall of Famers and annual league leaders plus prominent active players with five or more years of NLL experience.
During the 2016 NLL season, the NLL 30th Anniversary patch will be worn on every jersey around the league culminating with the Champion’s Cup Playoffs. Regular season action starts on Friday, Jan. 1 when the Colorado Mammoth host the Georgia Swarm before the defending NLL champion Saskatchewan Rush visit the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday, Jan. 2 to round out Week 1.
Four teams play home openers in Week 2 on Saturday, Jan. 9, including the East Division champion Toronto Rock visiting the Georgia Swarm for the first-ever NLL game at Infinite Energy Center, along with the Calgary Roughnecks at Buffalo Bandits, Colorado Mammoth at Rochester Knighthawks and New England Black Wolves at Vancouver Stealth. Three more home openers are set for Week 3 with the Rochester Knighthawks at Toronto Rock on Thursday, Jan. 14 plus the Calgary Roughnecks at New England Black Wolves and Vancouver Stealth at Saskatchewan Rush to open the team’s inaugural season at SaskTel Centre on Friday, Jan. 15.