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Tracey Kelusky, Steve Dietrich, Jamie Dawick, Pat Gregoire, Lyle & Jeremy Thompson Nab Honors As National Lacrosse League Opens Award Announcements

First wins for Kelusky (Les Bartley/Head Coach), Gregoire (Tom Borrelli/Media), and Jeremy Thompson (Teammate); Second for Dawick (Executive) and Third for Dietrich (General Manager) Matches Most All-time; Fourth Straight for L. Thompson; First of Three Sets of Awards Unveiled

PHILADELPHIA, June 28, 2022 – The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the largest and most successful professional lacrosse property in the world, today announced its first six season awards. Tracey Kelusky of Panther City Lacrosse Club is the winner of the Les Bartley Award, as the Head Coach of the Year; Steve Dietrich of the Buffalo Bandits takes the General Manager of the Year Award; Toronto Rock Owner, General Manager, and President Jamie Dawick is selected as the Executive of the Year; Pat Gregoire broadcast analyst for TSN’s Game of the Week broadcasts and the Halifax Thunderbirds claims the Tom Borrelli Award for Media; Lyle Thompson of the Georgia Swarm nabs the Sportsmanship Award; and his brother, Jeremy earns Teammate of the Year.

Kelusky, inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame in 2016, in his first season as a head coach in the NLL, led the expansion Panther City Lacrosse Club to a 7-11 record. At 1-8, the season looked lost for Panther City, but PCLC went on a five-game winning streak and won six of seven games to fight for a playoff spot late into the season. Kelusky is the third coach to win the award as a first-year coach and the first to win the award as a rookie coach for an expansion team.

Dietrich, who also serves as assistant coach for Buffalo, earned his third General Manager of the Year Award which now ties him with Saskatchewan Rush General Manager, Derek Keenan, for the most all-time. Dietrich’s other two wins came in 2016 and 2019 after starting with the Bandits as General Manager in 2012, the same year he was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame. Under Dietrich, the Bandits tied a franchise record for the most wins in a regular season, finishing at 14-4 after starting the season 13-1.

For Dawick, this is his second Executive of the Year award, the other coming in 2013. Coming out of the global pandemic, Dawick made the difficult decision to relocate his team’s home games from Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto to FirstOntario Centre in nearby Hamilton. This bold move has certainly seen success at all levels.

In year one in Hamilton, the Rock rebuilt their season membership base, exceeding the number of season members from their last season in 2019.

Midway through the season, Ontario provincial guidelines put restrictions in place that did not allow fans to attend indoor professional sporting events. Instead of postponing games, Dawick chose to forge ahead and play games without fans and without revenue in the best interests of all league partners. The decision allowed both the television and regular season game schedule to continue without interruption.

The atmosphere in Rock City was electric from start to finish and through Dawick’s leadership, the team has laid a foundation for long-term success in the Hamilton market.

This is Gregoire’s first Tom Borrelli award for outstanding media coverage of the NLL. Gregoire was instrumental to the success of the NLL’s first season on TSN and its’ Game of the Week broadcasts. He is also the analyst for the Halifax Thunderbirds on TSN.ca and ESPN+, his second year with the team. Gregoire is also the co-host of the popular, “Off the Crosse Bar” podcast alongside former Tom Borrelli award winner, Teddy Jenner. Through his work, he has introduced the game and the NLL to millions of fans across North America.

Lyle Thompson, 29, won his fourth consecutive Sportsmanship Award. Lyle finished with 102 points on the season on 47 goals which was tied for a league high and is a career high. The 2017 MVP has continued to represent the game of lacrosse and the NLL to the highest degree and is the only player to win the award four times since its inception in 2002.

Jeremy Thompson, 35, won the Teammate of the Year Award, a particularly high honor as it is voted on by the players of the NLL from among one nominee per team. Jeremy helped lead the expansion Panther City Lacrosse Club to a 7-11 record and at one point, a five-game winning streak. The veteran helped lead the team that played 10 rookies throughout the season. The 10-year veteran totaled 17 points on the season, 146 loose ball recoveries, 13 caused turnovers and won 52.0% of his faceoffs.

All awards were voted on prior to the start of the 2022 playoffs and were based on regular season statistics.

Below is the all-time list of winners for the Les Bartley Award

  • 2022 – Tracey Kelusky, Panther City Lacrosse Club
  • 2020 – Paul Day, Philadelphia Wings
  • 2019 – John Tavares & Rich Kilgour, Buffalo Bandits
  • 2018 – Derek Keenan, Saskatchewan Rush
  • 2017 – Ed Comeau, Georgia Swarm
  • 2016 – Glenn Clark, New England Black Wolves
  • 2015 – John Lovell, Toronto Rock
  • 2014 – Derek Keenan, Edmonton Rush
  • 2013 – Troy Cordingley, Toronto Rock
  • 2012 – Joe Sullivan, Minnesota Swarm
  • 2011 – Mike Hasen, Rochester Knighthawks
  • 2010 – Derek Keenan, Edmonton Rush & Chris Hall, Washington Stealth
  • 2009 – Troy Cordingley, Calgary Roughnecks
  • 2008 – Adam Mueller, New York Titans
  • 2007 – Ed Comeau, Rochester Knighthawks
  • 2006 – Derek Keenan, Portland Lumberjax
  • 2005 – Bob Hamley, Arizona Sting
  • 2004 – Paul Day, Rochester Knighthawks
  • 2003 – Darris Kilgour, Buffalo Bandits
  • 2002 – Bob McMahon, Albany Attack
  • 2001 – Tony Resch, Philadelphia Wings

Below is the all-time list of winners for the NLL General Manager of the Year Award

  • 2022 – Steve Dietrich, Buffalo Bandits
  • 2020 – Paul Day, Philadelphia Wings
  • 2019 – Steve Dietrich, Buffalo Bandits
  • 2018 – Curt Styres, Rochester Knighthawks
  • 2017 – John Arlotta, Georgia Swarm
  • 2016 – Steve Dietrich, Buffalo Bandits
  • 2015 – Terry Sanderson, Toronto Rock
  • 2014 – Derek Keenan, Edmonton Rush
  • 2013 – Doug Locker, Washington Stealth
  • 2012 – John Arlotta, Minnesota Swarm
  • 2011 – Curt Styres, Rochester Knighthawks,
  • 2010 – Derek Keenan, Portland Lumberjax
  • 2009 – Ed Comeau, New York Titans
  • 2008 – Marty O’Neil, Minnesota Swarm
  • 2007 – Marty O’Neil, Minnesota Swarm
  • 2006 – Derek Keenan, Portland Lumberjax
  • 2005 – Bob Hamley, Arizona Sting
  • 2004 – Johnny Mouradian, San Jose Stealth
  • 2003 – Kurt Silcott, Buffalo Bandits
  • 2002 – Dave Evans, Vancouver Ravens

Below is the all-time list of winners for the Executive of the Year award

  • 2022 – Jamie Dawick, Toronto Rock
  • 2020 – John Catalano, Halifax Thunderbirds
  • 2019 – Terri Giberson, Toronto Rock
  • 2018 – Matt Hutchings, Colorado Mammoth
  • 2017 – Amber Cox, New England Black Wolves
  • 2016 – Lee Genier, Saskatchewan Rush
  • 2015 – Bruce Urban, Edmonton Rush
  • 2014 – John Bean, Calgary Roughnecks
  • 2013 – Jamie Dawick, Toronto Rock
  • 2012 – Andy Arlotta, Minnesota Swarm
  • 2011 – Curt Styres, Rochester Knighthawks
  • 2010 – David Takata, Washington Stealth
  • 2009 – John Arlotta, Minnesota Swarm
  • 2008 – Tom Garrity, Minnesota Swarm
  • 2007 – Dave Zygaj, Buffalo Bandits
  • 2006 – Angela Batinovich, Portland Lumberjax
  • 2005 – Les Bartley, Toronto Rock
  • 2004 – Steve Govett, Colorado Mammoth
  • 2003 – Brad Banister, Calgary Roughnecks
  • 2002 – Tom Mayenknecht, Vancouver Ravens
  • 2001 – Russ Cline, Philadelphia Wings

Below is the all-time list of winners for the Tom Borrelli award

  • 2022 – Pat Gregoire, Halifax Thunderbirds/TSN
  • 2020 – Craig Rybczynski – Rochester Knighthawks
  • 2019 – Tyson Geick, Lacrosse Flash
  • 2018 – Stephen Stamp, Inside Lacrosse
  • 2017 – Jake Elliott, TSN 1410, NLLTV, Stealth Classified
  • 2016 – Teddy Jenner, Inside Lacrosse (IL Indoor)
  • 2015 – Steve Ewen, The Province
  • 2014 – Bob Chavez, Inside Lacrosse
  • 2013 – Stephen Stamp, Inside Lacrosse
  • 2012 – Jake Elliott, Minnesota Swarm
  • 2011 – Budd Bailey, The Buffalo News
  • 2010 – Paul Tutka, NLLInsider.com/Inside Lacrosse
  • 2009 – Paul Tutka, NLLInsider.com/Inside Lacrosse
  • 2008 – Paul Tutka, NLLInsider.com/Inside Lacrosse
  • 2007 – Ty Pilson, Calgary Sun
  • 2006 – Sal Maiorana, Rochester D&C
  • 2005 – Mike Koreen, Toronto Sun

Below is the all-time list of winners of the Sportsmanship Award

  • 2022 – Lyle Thompson, Georgia Swarm
  • 2020 – Lyle Thompson, Georgia Swarm
  • 2019 – Lyle Thompson, Georgia Swarm
  • 2018 – Lyle Thompson, Georgia Swarm
  • 2017 – Jordan Hall, Georgia Swarm
  • 2016 – Ben McIntosh, Saskatchewan Rush
  • 2015 – Kyle Buchanan, New England Black Wolves
  • 2014 – Garrett Billings, Toronto Rock
  • 2013 – Garrett Billings, Toronto Rock
  • 2012 – Johnny Powless, Rochester Knighthawks
  • 2011 – Jordan Hall, Rochester Knighthawks
  • 2010 – Shawn Williams, Rochester Knighthawks,
  • 2009 – Dan Dawson, Boston Blazers
  • 2008 – Dan Carey, Colorado Mammoth
  • 2007 – Tracey Kelusky, Calgary Roughnecks
  • 2006 – Sean Greenhalgh, Philadelphia Wings
  • 2005 – Gary Gait, Colorado Mammoth
  • 2004 – Gary Gait, Colorado Mammoth & Peter Lough, Arizona Sting
  • 2003 – Chris Driscoll, New York Saints/Toronto Rock
  • 2002 – Jim Veltman, Toronto Rock

Below is the all-time list of winners of the Teammate of the Year

  • 2022 – Jeremy Thompson, Panther City Lacrosse Club
  • 2020 – Dan Dawson, Toronto Rock & Mike Poulin, Georgia Swarm
  • 2019 – John Ranagan, Georgia Swarm
  • 2018 – Craig England, Buffalo Bandits
  • 2017 – Mike Poulin, Georgia Swarm
  • 2016 – Mike Poulin, Calgary Roughnecks
  • 2015 – Joel McCready, Vancouver Stealth

About the National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 15 franchises across the United States and Canada: Albany FireWolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, Las Vegas Desert Dogs, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (TX), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors.

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