ILIndoor.com has learned that 2010 NLL MVP Casey Powell and the Rochester Knighthawks, the league’s reigning champs, have agreed to terms — pending league approval — that will see Powell on the floor for the upcoming season. Originally drafted into the the league by the Knighthawks as the first overall selection following his graduation from Syracuse in 1998, Powell plans to make his return to professional indoor lacrosse in 2013 with the team that started his NLL career.
In his pro indoor career spanning nine NLL seasons, Powell has accumulated 595 regular-season points on 254 goals and 351 assists, having had previous stops in Rochester, Anaheim, New York, Orlando and then Boston. Powell put up more than 80 points in five-consecutive regular seasons, from 2007 to 2011. At the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in 2011, he was named the MVP after leading all scorers.
Powell was acquired by the Knighthawks in the second round of the Boston Blazers dispersal draft in Sept. 2011 following the collapse of the franchise. Several months prior, playing for the Hamilton Nationals, Powell suffered a serious knee injury in a massive collision with Paul Rabil in the waning moments of the championship game of Major League Lacrosse.
He sat out the 2012 NLL season, and returned to MLL action this past summer before announcing his retirement from the league in August, not long after he was designated as the Knighthawks’ franchise player for 2013.
Details of the agreement or any contract were not immediately available. Ironically, the Knighthawks, already loaded with one of the league’s best rosters, hold the rights to Paul Rabil, as well, picking up the American field superstar in a trade with Edmonton, sending Jarrett Davis to Alberta. It remains unclear whether Rabil will play in Rochester.
Possibly playing in his last season of professional lacrosse, Powell has yet to win an NLL Champion’s Cup trophy.
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