Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Friday in Burlington, Entry Draft Saturday in Oakville as Back to Back Major Events Help Fans Prepare for Exciting Upcoming Season
PHILADELPHIA, September 13, 2023 – The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the largest and most successful professional lacrosse property in the world, readies for two major events this weekend in Ontario: the NLL Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony on Friday in Burlington, and the 2023 Entry Draft in Oakville.
Fans can follow the Entry Draft on NLL.com and league and team social media channels. First round begins at 2 p.m. ET.
Here are 10 Things to Know heading into the festivities:
- 10 new members will be inducted on Thursday in the class of 2021. The group will represent the first additions to the NLL Hall of Fame since 2016, with the inaugural members having been inducted in 2006.
- The inductees include eight former players and two officials, Roy Condon (Watertown, Mass.) and Bill Fox (Pickering, Ont.), who become the first two officials selected
- Of the players to be inducted, Colin Doyle (Kitchener, Ont.) played in the most games (266) and had the most assists (857); John Grant Jr. scored the most goals (668) and points (1446) and Pat McCready (St. Catharines, Ont.) had the most loose ball recoveries (1593), just 31 more than fellow inductee and St. Catharines native Steve Toll (1562)
- The eight player inductees totaled 2410 goals and 3581 assists collectively; their careers span 1991-2017, and all eight (plus the officials) were active between 1999-2003
- With the new inductees, the NLL Hall of Fame now has 37 members; the full list is available here
- Many of the top Draft prospects are scheduled to be in attendance on Saturday, including nearly all of the top 20 projected selections. Among those expected to be on hand are Dyson Williams (Duke/Oshawa, Ont.), Adam Poitras (Loyola Maryland/Whitby, Ont.), Ryan Sheridan (Hofstra/Victoria, B.C.), Callum Jones (Norwich/Burlington, Ont.) and Jake Stevens (Princeton/Puslinch, Ont.)
- The 2023 Draft is the second straight to be held in Ontario; last year’s was in Toronto. The 2019 Draft was held in Philadelphia, while in 2020 and 2021 it was conducted virtually.
- A few NLL Draft rules of note regarding eligibility:
- Any player who has participated in a US NCAA or NJCAA collegiate varsity lacrosse program and has exhausted four (4) seasons of NCAA eligibility shall be eligible for the Entry Draft
- If a player with remaining NCAA eligibility is properly selected in the Entry Draft and subsequently participates in a NCAA or NJCAA varsity lacrosse program, the Club drafting the player retains rights to that player
- Any player who attains the age of 21 during the draft year who has never participated in a US NCAA or NJCAA collegiate varsity lacrosse program is also eligible
- There are four compensatory selections awarded for free agent losses, making the first round 19 deep (as of 9/13). First round is below, with full draft order linked here, to be updated as selections are made:
2. Las Vegas (from Vancouver)
3. New York
4. Vancouver (from Las Vegas)
5. Panther City (from Saskatchewan)
7. Vancouver (from Philadelphia)
8. Georgia (from Panther City)
9. Vancouver (from Rochester via Las Vegas)
12. Saskatchewan (from Toronto)
13. San Diego
14. Albany (from Colorado)
16. Calgary compensatory selection
17. Albany compensatory selection
18. Philadelphia (from Saskatchewan compensatory selection via San Diego)
19. Georgia compensatory selection
- The 2023-24 season will commence with NLL Faceoff Weekend on December 1-2. The full schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
About the National Lacrosse League
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional lacrosse league, with a record 1,165,528 fans attending games in 2022-23. Founded in 1986, the NLL 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 (Fort Worth, Texas), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors.
Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.