Throwback Thursday #tbt
This week’s Throwback Thursday player is Craig Conn
Selected 4th overall by the Vancouver Ravens in the 2003 entry draft.
2004 Vancouver Ravens
2005 Minnesota Swarm
2005-07 Arizona Sting
2008 property of Buffalo Bandits (did not play because of a knee injury)
2009 Toronto Rock
2010 Calgary Roughnecks
2011 Washington Stealth
NLL Regular Season Statistics:
GP 98, G 149, A 182, Pts. 331, LB 554, PM 210
GP 12, G 25, A 26, 51 Pts., LB 61, PM 18
Conn made headlines in 1998 when he played with the St. Catharines Jr. B Spartan Warriors at only the age of 14 (the team’s head coach was his father, Morris Conn). Conn played 72 games for the St. Catharines Athletics in the OLA Junior A Lacrosse League from 1999 to 2003. In 1999, he was given the Joe Nieuwendyk Award for Rookie of the Year. From 2001 to 2003, Conn lead the Athletics to three straight League championships and two Minto Cup National championships (2001, 2003). He was also a member of the 2004 Minto Cup Champion Burnaby Lakers of the British Columbia Junior A Lacrosse League. He is one of the few players in CLA history to win 3 Minto Cups in 4 years, and is only one of three players (the other being Shawn Evans and Mark Matthews) to win a Minto Cup title in two consecutive years with two different teams.
In the WLA draft, Conn was selected 2nd overall by the New Westminster
Salmonbellies. During the 2007 season, Conn sufferered a major knee injury while playing with the Salmonbellies during the Western Lacrosse Association’s playoffs. This would cause Conn to miss the entire 2008 NLL season as well as the 2008 WLA season. Conn made his return to Senior lacrosse in 2009 with the Six Nations Chiefs of Major Series Lacrosse. Conn returned to the Salmonbellies for the 2010 season where he played in the Mann Cup, losing to the Peterborough Lakers. Conn retired from Senior lacrosse after the season.