This week’s Throwback Thursday player is:
Steve “Chugger” Dietrich
Steve Dietrich is the General Manager of the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League. Dietrich is also a NLL Hall of Fame goaltender who has played with the Calgary Roughnecks, Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Knighthawks, Detroit Turbos, Baltimore Thunder, and Toronto Rock.
Dietrich played six seasons with each of the Bandits and Knighthawks. He led the Bandits to the NLL Championship game twice, in 2004 and 2006, and also won the Championship with the Knighthawks in 1997, when he was named Championship game MVP. He was named NLL Goaltender of the Year in both 2005 and 2006, and was the first goaltender to be named NLL MVP in 2006.
1992 Baltimore Thunder
1994 Detroit Turbos
1995-01 Rochester Knighthawks
2002-07 Buffalo Bandits
2008 Calgary Roughnecks
2009 Edmonton Rush
2009-10 Toronto Rock
On November 22, 2010, Dietrich announced his retirement as a player in the NLL to become the Toronto Rock’s goaltending coach.
In July 2012, Dietrich was announced as the new General Manager of the Buffalo Bandits, after Darris Kilgour was relieved of that title earlier in the month.
On July 30, 2012, Dietrich was elected in the NLL Hall of Fame. Dietrich was the leading vote-getter, appearing on 79% of all ballots cast.
Won one MILL Championship with the Rochester Knighthawks in 1997.
1997 MILL Championship game MVP
2006 NLL Most Valuable Player
2005 & 2006 NLL Goaltender of the Year