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NLL Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Nominees

Forwards

  • Accursi, Mike

    Pelham, ON – Forward – Right 

     

    Mike Accursi played 17 seasons for Buffalo, Edmonton, Ontario, Rochester and Syracuse. He is a four-time champion (2007, 2012, 2013 with Rochester, 2008 with Buffalo). He was named to the 2000 All-League Second Team. He retired in the top 20 all-time in games played (237), goals (391), points (827) and loose ball recoveries (1,069). He retired fourth all-time with 58 playoff goals and fifth with 99 playoff points.  

     

    His single season highs include 35 goals (2003), 51 assists (2007) and 77 points (2007). Accursi also recorded a career high 96 loose balls in 2002. A rarity for forwards, Accursi took a large percentage of faceoffs early in his career, amassing a 48.7% faceoff win percentage. 

     

     

     

  • Bergey, Jake

    Covington, KY – Forward – Right  

     

    Jake Bergey played 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Wings after being drafted in the fifth round of the 1997 Entry Draft. He is a two-time champion (1998 and 2001). He was named All-League First Team in 1999 and All-League Second Team in 2001. His 43 goals and 86 points during the 2001 season still ranks in the top 10 in franchise history. He retired in the top 20 all-time with 301 assists and 557 points. 

     

    His single season highs include 43 goals, 43 assists and 86 points (2001).  Through his career, Bergey averaged over four points per game (4.19) and recorded 60+ points in five seasons.  

  • Doyle, Colin

    Kitchener, ON – Forward – Left 

     

    Colin Doyle played 19 seasons with Ontario, San Jose and Toronto after being selected in the second round of the 1996 entry draft. He is a six-time champion with Toronto (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, & 2011) and was named the Championship Game MVP three times (1999, 2002, & 2005). He won the 1998 Rookie of the Year award and 2005 MVP award. He was an All-League First Team member four times and Second Team seven times. He finished fourth all-time in goals (527), assists (857) and points (1,384) and tied for fifth all-time in games played (266). He was a two-time scoring champion (2005 & 2009). Doyle retired second all-time with 34 playoff games played, third in playoff goals (61), assists (83) and points (144) and seventh in loose ball recoveries (145).

    He played 188 consecutive games between 2000 and 2011, tied for third-longest all-time.  Twice he totaled over 100 points in a season, at 111 each season (2005, 2009). He scored a career high 47 goals in 2002 and recorded 73 assists in 2009. Doyle averaged 5.2 points per game through his career.  

  • Finneran, Kevin

    Long Island, NY – Forward – Left 

     

    Kevin Finneran played 13 seasons with Detroit, New England, Philadelphia and Toronto over 13 seasons. He is a five-time champion: four with Philadelphia (1994, 1995, 1998 & 2001) and one with Toronto (2003). He recorded 26 assists in championship games which still ranks in the top five all-time. He still holds a share of the all-time single championship game assist record with eight on 4/16/1994. He was named to the All-League First Team in 1998 and twice Second Team (1994 & 1996). He retired as the all-time league leader with 143 games played, sixth all-time in goals (235), third all-time in assists (329), fifth all-time in points (564) and 11th in loose ball recoveries (631). He retired tied for most playoff games played (20), second in playoff assists (53), fourth in playoff goals (27) and playoff points (80) and tied for sixth in playoff loose ball recoveries (100). 

     

    Finneran had a career high 39 goals and 40 assists for 79 points in 2002. Finneran held the record for longest consecutive games played streak at 139 games and was the all-time leading scorer by an American prior to Casey Powell breaking his record.  

  • Grant Jr., John

    Peterborough, ON – Forward – Left 

     

    John Grant, Jr. played 17 seasons with Rochester and Colorado after being drafted first overall in 1999. He retired in the top 10 all-time with 668 goals (second), 778 assists (sixth), and 1,446 points (second). He was also 12th all-time with 1,202 loose ball recoveries. He won the 2000 Rookie of the Year Award and won league MVP twice (2007 & 2012). He was named to the All-League First Team six times and Second Team three times. He led the league four times in goals (2005, 2006, 2007 & 2012). He was also named the Championship Game MVP in 2007. He set the record for points in a season in 2012 at 116, which has since been surpassed and now ranks tied for fourth highest in league history. His 37 goals as a rookie is still tied for fourth best. In his 2012 MVP season, he averaged 8.29 points per game, an NLL record (at least 4 games played).  

     

    Grant currently is the all-time leading goal scorer for the Halifax franchise. He scored 40+ goals in a season 10 times in his career and surpassed 100 points in four different seasons. In 15 seasons he totaled more than 40 assists in a season. Grant’s number has been retired by Colorado. He averaged 2.81 goals per game and 6.08 points per game through his career. 

  • Powell, Casey

    West Carthage, NY – Forward – Left  

     

    Casey Powell played 11 seasons with Rochester, Anaheim, New York, Orlando, Boston, and Colorado after being selected first overall in the 1998 Entry Draft. In 2010, he became the only American player to win the MVP award, he finished second in the NLL in goals scored and led the Orlando Titans to an 11-5 record as their leading scorer. He led New York to the 2009 Championship Game, scoring 21 points in only three games that postseason. He retired 10th All-Time with 33 playoff goals in only 13 playoff games.  

     

    Powell recorded five straight seasons of 80+ points from 2007-2011. Twice he scored 40+ goals in a season. He was named to the All-Star game from 2007-2009. Powell is the all-time leader in points by an American in league history 

  • Steenhuis, Mark

    St. Catharines, ON – Forward – Right 

     

    Mark Steenhuis played 17 seasons with Columbus and Buffalo after being selected seventh overall in the 2002 Entry Draft. His 266 games tie him for fifth and 459 goals ranks him sixth all-time. He is one of only 11 players to record 1,000 points during his career. He was the 2008 Championship Game MVP, scoring five goals and recording an assist. He was named the 2008 Transition Player of the Year and was named 2009 All-League Second Team. He tied his teammate, John Tavares, scoring 51 goals in 2009 and still holds records for assists (13) and points (17) in a game when he accomplished these on 2/4/09 versus Boston. He retired fourth all-time in playoff loose ball recoveries (193) , tied for sixth in playoff games played (29), tied for seventh in playoff goals (54) and tied for 11th in playoff points (99). 

     

    Steenhuis averaged 3.8 points per game and 6.2 loose ball recoveries per game through his career. He broke the 100-point barrier in 2009, including scoring more than 50 goals. He recorded 10+ goals in every season he played except for his final season. He also recorded 100+ loose balls in eight seasons.  

  • Williams, Shawn

    Scarborough, ON – Forward – Left 

     

    Shawn Williams played 17 seasons with Ontario, Toronto, Buffalo, Rochester, and Edmonton. He is a two-time champion, one with Toronto (1999) and one with Rochester (2007). He retired as one of only eight players to accumulate 1,100 career points. He finished in the top 10 all-time in games played (257 – ninth), goals (444 – ninth), assists (708 – seventh). He played a league-best 230 consecutive games from 2000-2014. He was named to the All-League First Team in 2004 and Second Team in 2007.  

     

    Williams surpassed the 100 loose ball total for a season once (2001). He recorded 12 straight seasons of 20+ goals (six of those seasons had 30+). Williams also recorded nine straight seasons of 70+ points, his career high being set in 2009 at 91.  

     

     

     

Defenseman

  • Chapman, Sandy

    Acton, ON – Defense – Right  

     

    Sandy Chapman played 17 seasons with Rochester and Toronto after being drafted in the first round, 12th overall in the 2001 Entry Draft. His 252 regular season and 31 playoff games rank in the top 10 all-time. He is a five-time champion four with Toronto (2002. 2003, 2005 & 2011) and one with Rochester (2007). He was named the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year. He played in 148 consecutive games from 2007-2016.  

     

    Chapman recorded 10+ points in a season in eight seasons, with a career high 16 in 2008. He averaged 43 seconds of penalty minutes per game. The most penalty minutes served in a season was 27 (2010). In seven seasons during his career, he totaled less than 10 penalty minutes for the season.  

     

     

     

  • Clark, Glenn

    Pickering, ON – Defense – Left 

     

    Glenn Clark played nine seasons in the NLL (1998-2006) , spending the majority of his time with Toronto after being drafted in the fourth round of the 1997 Entry Draft. He is a four-time champion with Toronto (1999, 2000, 2002, & 2003). He appeared in three consecutive All-Star games (2004-2006). 

     

    Twice in his career Clark totaled 17 points in a season (2000 & 2002). In 2002, he scored a career high 10 goals in the regular season. In 2002, he recorded his career high with 98 loose balls recovered. He averaged over six loose balls per game through his career.

  • Cousins, Ryan

    Toronto, ON – Defense – Right  

     

    Ryan Cousins played 11 seasons in the NLL for Arizona, Columbus, Minnesota, and Rochester after being selected fifth overall in the 2001 Entry Draft. He served as the first captain in Minnesota franchise history from 2005-2011. He won the 2012 championship with Rochester. Cousins won the Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons in 2007 & 2008. He was the first player to win multiple Defensive Player of the Year awards after its introduction in 2002. He was selected to play in All-Star games in 2004, 2005 & 2009.  

     

    Cousins scored a career high 23 points in 2007, tallying nine goals and 14 assists. He also had a career high with 108 loose balls that season. 

     

     

     

  • McCready, Pat

    St. Catharines, ON – Defense – Right  

     

    Pat McCready played 17 seasons with Charlotte, Rochester, Buffalo and Toronto. He is a three-time champion: twice with Rochester (1997 & 2012) and once with Buffalo (2008). He was named the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year. At the time of his retirement, he was third all-time in loose ball recoveries (1,593), second in penalty minutes (470) and seventh in games played (219). He led Buffalo three times in loose ball recoveries (2002, 2004 & 2006). He also ranks in the top 10 all-time in playoff games played (31), loose ball recoveries (198) and penalty minutes (51). 

     

    McCready’s best season statistically came in 2002 where he set career highs with 16 goals, 24 assists and 173 loose balls while only serving 13 penalty minutes. He scored 10+ goals six times in his career and recorded at least 10 assists in every season except for one (2010).  

  • Smith, Billy Dee

    St. Catharines, ON – Defense – Left 

     

    Billy Dee Smith played 16 seasons with Buffalo and Rochester after being drafted third overall in the 2002 Entry Draft. He won the 2008 Championship with Buffalo. He won the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year Award. He retired as the all-time leader in penalty minutes for the regular season (685) and playoffs (83) and was also tied for seventh all-time with 29 playoff games played. In 2016, Smith was named team Captain for Buffalo.  

     

    Smith was an intimidating presence on the floor and was a consistent player, playing an average of 13 games per season and in all but two seasons, played 10+ games every season.  

     

     

     

     

  • Thorpe, Regy

    Auburn, NY – Defense – Right  

    Regy Thorpe played for 15 seasons, all with Rochester. He is a two-time champion (1997 & 2007). He is the franchise leader with 193 games played, 966 loose ball recoveries and 385 penalty minutes. He also holds franchise records in games played (24), loose ball recoveries (114) and penalty minutes (55). His 966 loose ball recoveries ranked 11th all-time when he retired.  

     

    He also holds franchise playoff records in games played (24), loose ball recoveries (114) and penalty minutes (55). He surpassed the 100 loose ball threshold in 2003 and recorded a career high 10 assists in 1997.

     

     

     

     

  • Toll, Steve

    St. Catharines, ON – Transition – Right  

     

    Steve Toll played for 15 seasons with Ontario, Toronto, Rochester, San Jose, Colorado, and Edmonton after being drafted in the sixth round of the 1997 Entry Draft. He is a five-time champions: four with Toronto (1999, 2000, 2002, & 2003) and one with Rochester (2007). He was named the first winner of the Transition Player of the Year Award in 2007. He retired in the top 10 all-time with 1,562 loose ball recoveries in the regular season and an additional 160 in the playoffs. He played in 188 consecutive games between 2000-2011, which ranks tied for the third longest streak of all-time.  

     

    Toll set a career high in points (65) in 2002 and goals (27) in 2003. He averaged over two points per game and 7.97 loose ball recoveries per game through his career. In nine seasons he recorded 100+ loose ball recoveries and was third in loose balls for each season between 2007-2010. NOTE: 2005 he collected 109 LB with San Jose & Rochester. 

  • Voelker, Brian

    Baltimore, MD – Defense – Left 

     

    Brian Voelker played for seven seasons with Philadelphia after being drafted in the fifth round of the 1991 Entry Draft. He is a three-time champion (1994, 1995, & 1998). He was named to the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2015. He retired fifth-all time with 14 playoff games played.  

     

     

     

  • Woods, Cam

    Toronto, ON – Defense – Left  

     

    Cam Woods played 15 seasons for Albany, San Jose, Chicago, and Toronto after being selected 18th overall in the 1997 Entry Draft. He won the 2011 Championship with Toronto. He was named a co-winner of the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year Award. He was a four-time All-Star (2002, 2004, 2007, & 2009). He retired eight all-time in loose ball recoveries (1,371) and penalty minutes (414). He was named captain for Albany for the 2001 season and retained the title through the 2007 season with Chicago.  

     

    Woods surpassed the 100 loose ball total in six of his seasons. He set a career high in goals (12) in 2001 and a career best in points (23) in 2002.  

     

     

     

Builders

  • Condon, Roy

    Roy Condon worked as a NLL Official from 1989-2011 (23 seasons). He worked three Championship Games (1994, 1995, and 1999). He is the seventh official inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He started refereeing in 1971. 

     

    Condon is scheduled to be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame on October 17, 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19) 

  • Fox, Bill

    Bill Fox worked as a NLL Official from 1992-2011 (20 seasons). He worked six Championship Games (1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, & 2010).  

     

    He is the 2010 Recipient of the Allen G. Rae Builder Award from Sports Officials Canada that recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the development of sports officials and the advancement of the sports officiating profession. 

     

    Fox started officiating in the early 1970’s while playing Jr. A lacrosse. 

  • Tamberino, Rich

    Rich Tamberino worked as a NLL Official from 1992-2011 (20 seasons). He worked six Championships (1992, 19932, 1994, 1995, and 1997 and the 1998 Championship Series). 

     

    Tamberino served as NLL Referee in Chief for five seasons (2003-2007). 

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