NLL annouces six finalist for Hall of Fame

The National Lacrosse League has announced its six finalists for the Hall of Fame class of 2012.

In order to win nomination to the Hall of Fame, the player, coach or team must first earn 75 percent or more of the vote made by NLL teams, current members of the Hall of Fame and senior members of the league’s media. Once the qualifying vote is earned, the individual or team must then be one of the top two in the voting.

This year’s winners will be announced next week.

Here are the nominees. Bios were provided by

Pat Coyle

A defenseman, Coyle played twelve seasons in the league (1994 Detroit; 1998-2004 Ontario/Toronto; 2005-2008 Colorado) and won five championships (Toronto 1999, 2000, 2002 &2003; Colorado 2006) in the six championship games in which he played. His teams made it to the playoffs in 11 of his 12 seasons. He played in 156 career regular season games, picking up 940 loose balls and tallied 133 points (28 goals, 105 assists). He won the league’s Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2002, the first year in which the award was given.

Steve Dietrich

Dietrich played 18 seasons in the league (1992 Baltimore; 1994 Detroit; 1995-2001 Rochester, 2002-2007 Buffalo, 2008 Calgary, 2009 Edmonton, 2009-2010 Toronto).

Played in two championship games, and was named Championship Game MVP in 1997 in a 15-12 win over Buffalo. In 2006 he won the League MVP Award and had one of the best statistical individual seasons for a goaltender in league history, posting a save percentage of .808 and a goals against average of 9.97, leading Buffalo to the Championship Game. He made 5,531 career saves while playing more than 8,300 minutes of career playing time. Had a career won-loss record of 60-47.

Chris Driscoll

Played in 234 regular season games over a 19-year career (1993-1994 Detroit; 1995-1999 Rochester; 1999-2002 Buffalo, 2002-2003 New York, 2003-2009 Toronto; 2010 Buffalo/Rochester; 2011 Rochester). Scored 240 goals &378 assists for 618 points. Reached the playoffs in 12 of those seasons and played in the Championship Game four times, winning three Championships (Rochester 1997, Toronto 2003 &2005). Won league’s Sportsmanship Award in 2003, and was Second Team All-Pro in 1996.

Curt Malawsky

Played 159 regular season games over 12 seasons (1998-2003 Rochester; 2004 Vancouver; 2005-2006 San Jose; 2006-2007 Arizona; 2008-2009 Calgary). Scored 260 goals and 277 assists, finishing with 537 total points. Made the playoffs in nine seasons, reaching the Championship Game five times, winning one Championship in 2009 with Calgary. Now retired from his playing career, Malawsky serves as the Calgary Roughnecks’ Assistant Coach/Offense Coordinator.

Regy Thorpe

A defenseman, Thorpe played 193 regular season games &24 playoff games over a 15-year career (1995-2009), all with the Rochester Knighthawks. His team’s reached the Championship Game six times, winning twice (1997 &2007) and made the playoffs in 14 of his 15 seasons. In 193 career regular season games, he picked up 966 loose balls and tallied 76 points (5 goals, 71 assists). He served as team captain during the championship 2007 season.

The 1993 Buffalo Bandits

The 1993 Buffalo Bandits are the first team to be nominated for the NLL Hall of Fame. The ’93 Bandits are the first and only team in league history to go through the regular season and playoffs undefeated. The Bandits went 8-0 in the regular season, outscoring its opponents 143-108. The team went 2-0 in the playoffs, including a Championship Game 13-12 win over a Philadelphia Wings team that came into the Championship with a season record of 8-1.

The 1993 team’s roster &staff included five future NLL Hall of Famers and individuals who continue to have an impact on the NLL to this day. The team was coached by the late Les Bartley, who won his second of seven championships as a head coach that season. Bartley was inducted posthumously into the NLL Hall of Fame as part of the Hall’s Inaugural Class in 2006.

Three of the team’s players are now in the Hall of Fame: Darris Kilgour, Rich Kilgour &Jim Veltman. John Tavares, the league’s all-time leading scorer, was on the ’93 Bandits team and was MVP of the Championship Game. More than half (5 out of 9) of the league’s current head coaches were part of the ’93 Bandits team: Troy Cordingley, Bob Hamley, Derek Keenan &Darris Kilgour played on the team. Johnny Mouradian was the team’s General Manager, and is now a member of the NLL Hall of Fame.

The NLL Hall of Fame was established in 2006 and the current members are as follows:

Class of 2006 (Founding Members)

Les Bartley

Russ Cline

Chris Fritz

Gary Gait

Paul Gait

Class of 2007

Mike French

Darris Kilgour

Tom Marechek

Class of 2008

Sal LoCascio

Johnny Mouradian

Tony Resch

Class of 2009

Dallas Eliuk

Jim Veltman

Class of 2010

Rich Kilgour

Dan Stroup

John Tucker

Class of 2011

Bob Watson

Members of Media Recognized by Hall of Fame:

Tom Borrelli (2007)

Neil Stevens (2008)

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