With the first Creator’s Cup one day away, the Canadian Lacrosse League has announced its All-Star teams and several award winners. The Coaches of the Year are the staff of the first-place Durham Turfdogs, Jason Crosbie, Jonas Derks and Brad MacArthur. The trio led the Turfdogs from early season struggles to a 7-1 record down the stretch to secure the top seed heading into the playoffs. The award will be bittersweet for the Durham group after their team dropped a 17-9 decision to Iroquois in the semi-finals.
League scoring leader Chris Attwood is the Offensive Player of the Year. He easily outpaced the rest of the league, scoring 35 goals and 36 assists to edge second-place Kim Squire by 14 points despite missing two games to an ear infection and being limited in his effectiveness the two games after he returned.
A pair of Turfdogs earned year-end awards. Colin Boucher is the Defensive Player of the Year after exhibiting outstanding shutdown defense and an infectious level of drive and determination throughout the season. John McClure was named Transition Player of the Year. He scored 24 goals and 11 assists for Durham.
The Goalie of the Year is Ohsweken netminder Jeff Powless, who led the league in wins and goals against average and was third in save percentage. Powless was traded from Iroquois to the Demons early in the year and helped to turn their season around after they struggled out of the gates. His save percentage after joining Ohsweken, .798, would have just edged Scotty Komer to lead the league.
Attwood, Boucher and Powless all won the same honours in IL Indoor’s CLax player of the year awards. The four official winners are joined by the Peel Avengers’ Ryan Campbell, Indoor’s Transition Player of the Year, on the first All-Star team along with Brad Favero of the Brampton Inferno.
The second All-Star team consists of goalie Mike Attwood from Iroquois, offensive stars Brad Levick from the Oshawa Machine and Kim Squire of Peel, transition stud Jon Arnold of Brampton and outstanding defenders Clay Hill of Ohsweken and Ben McCullough of the Inferno.
CLax also announced its official of the year, Jon Watson. Saturday’s Creator’s Cup final will mark the 2,000 lacrosse game the veteran ref has worked.
The Most Outstanding Player and Most Valuable Player awards will be announced tomorrow.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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