- 2008 NLL season
National Lacrosse Leagueseason, the 22nd in the history of the NLL, began on December 29, 2007 and concluded with the Buffalo Banditswinning the championship game over the Portland LumberJaxon May 17, 2008.
In an odd coincidence, all four eastern division teams that made the playoffs finished with identical 10-6 records. Due to tiebreakers, the
Buffalo Banditsclinched first place overall, followed by the Minnesota Swarm, New York Titans in their playoff debut, and the Philadelphia Wingsin their return to the playoffs after a five-year absence.
There was also a tie atop the west division standings, as the
San Jose Stealthand Colorado Mammothboth finished with 9-7 records. The Stealth won that tiebreaker and clinched their first western division title. The Calgary Roughnecksand Portland LumberJaxfinished out the playoff teams in the west despite having losing records.
History was made in 2008 as neither the
Rochester Knighthawksnor the Toronto Rockmade the playoffs, for the first time in the history of either team (though the Toronto franchise, then the Ontario Raiders, missed the playoffs in their inaugural season in 1998). The Knighthawks broke a 13-year streak of making the playoffs, the Rock streak was stopped at 9 years. [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=3457|work=NLL.com|title=2008 Season Was Down To The Wire|date=April 27, 2008|accessdate=2008-05-21] Philadelphia Wingssecond-year stars Athan Iannucciand Geoff Sniderset a number of new league records in 2008. Iannucci eclipsed Gary Gait's record of 61 goals by scoring 71, and Snider set or tied marks in loose balls (244), face offs won (318, tied with Peter Jacobsin 2005), and penalty minutes (103). [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=3458|work=NLL.com|title=Snider Breaks Loose Ball Record|date=April 29, 2008|accessdate=2008-05-21]
The 2008 season almost never happened. On October 16, 2007 the league released a statement officially cancelling the season, after no agreement could be reached on a new
collective bargaining agreement.cite web |url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3127|title=2008 Season Cancelled|accessdate=2007-10-16 |author=|date=2007-10-16 |work=NLL.com|publisher=] However, negotiations continued, and on October 25, the league announced that a new CBA has been agreed on, and that the season would proceed.cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=3132|title=NLL, PLPA reach seven-year deal|work=NLL.com|date=October 25, 2007|accessdate=2007-10-25] The new revised schedule was released on November 2, 2007, but only included 12 of the expected 14 teams. The expansion Boston Blazersand 2007 Western division champion Arizona Stinghad decided for "a number of business reasons"cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=3141|work=NLL.com|title=League Releases New 2008 Schedule|date=November 2, 2007|accessdate=2007-11-02] to opt out of the 2008 season and return in 2009.
An expansion franchise for Boston,
Massachusettswas announced on May 9, 2007. It was expected that the team would play at the TD Banknorth Garden, which is also home to the NBA's Boston Celticsand the NHL's Boston Bruins. [cite web|url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=2944|title=Expansion Team Awarded to Boston for 2008|work=NLL.com|date=May 9, 2007|accessdate=2007-05-09] On October 3, 2007 the Boston franchise was officially named the Boston Blazers. [cite web|url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3111|title=Boston Team Name: Blazers|work=NLL.com|date=October 3, 2007|accessdate=2007-03-10]
In the off-season between the 2007 and 2008 seasons the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the National Lacrosse League and the
Professional Lacrosse Players' Associationexpired. The owners announced that if there no deal was in place before midnight, October 15, 2007 the 2008 season would be cancelled [cite web|url=http://calsun.canoe.ca/Sports/OtherSports/2007/10/12/4569900-sun.html|title=NLL Season could be cancelled|work=Calgary Sun|date=October 12, 2007|accessdate=2007-10-14] . On the morning of October 16, the league announced that no agreement had been reached, and that the season was cancelled. The next day, commissioner Jim Jennings even said that the league would not change its mind about the cancellation, saying: Cquote|There's no hope due to the fact that we've released our dates. It's very difficult to get dates in places like (New York's) Madison Square Garden and (Toronto's) ACC Centre and places like that. To try to restart this thing up on a moment's notice is an impossibility. [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=3128|title=Report: NLL won't change mind|work=NLL.com|date=October 17, 2007|accessdate=2007-10-17]
Before the initial cancellation of the season, the Versus network announced that it would not carry a game of the week, as they had in 2007, even if an agreement was reached before the deadline. [cite web |url=http://www.insidelacrosse.com/page.cfm?pagerid=2&news=fdetail&storyid=170242 |title=NLL: Saturday night Game of the Week on VERSUS a no-go |accessdate=2007-10-12 |author=Johnson, Craig|date=October 11, 2007 |work=InsideLacrosse.com |publisher=]
"W = Wins, L = Losses, GB = Games Behind Division Leader, PCT = Winning Percentage, Home = Home record, Road = Road record, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against"
8TeamBracket | RD1= Divisional Semifinal
RD2= Divisional Final
group1= Eastern Division
group2= Western Division
Milestones and events
* August 22, 2007:
* July 24, 2007: Less than three months after the end of the
* October 16, 2007: The league announced that the 2008 season had been cancelled due to the failure of the owners and players to reach a CBA.
* October 25, 2007: The league announced that a new agreement had been reached, and that the 2008 would indeed be played.
* November 2, 2007: The revised schedule was released, and the league announced that the
* November 5, 2007: A dispersal draft was held for the remaining teams to choose players from the Arizona and Boston franchises. [cite web|url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3142|work=NLL.com|title=Dawson selected first overall by Portland|date=November 5, 2007|accessdate=2007-11-07]
* January 9: The league announced the inductees into the
* January 12: The
* January 17: The NLL announced that New York Titans star
* January 20: John Tavares of the
* January 30: The
* February 5: Forward Andrew Lazore is traded from the
* February 8: The
* February 20: After starting the season with an 0-5 record, the Rush fired the franchise's original head coach and general manager, Paul Day. On February 21, the Rush announced that Day's replacement would be former NLL Coach and GM of the Year
* March 5: Three separate trades involving four teams and six players were made: [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=3350|title=Trade Frenzy: six players dealt|work=NLL.com|date=March 5, 2008|accessdate=2008-03-05]
** Edmonton traded a 2008 conditional third-round draft pick and a 2009 conditional third-round draft pick to Chicago for Lindsay Plunkett
** Chicago sent goalie Brandon Miller and a 2008 second-round draft pick to Philadelphia for
** In a three-way deal, Edmonton sent
* March 22: Colorado's
* March 25: Multiple players were dealt on the season's trade deadline: [cite web|url=http://www.nllinsider.com/2008/03/26/rush-set-up-bright-nll-future/|title=Rush set up bright NLL future|work=nllinsider.com|Author=Chavez, Bob|date=March 26, 2008|accessdate=2008-04-09]
**In an exchange of All-Stars, the
* April 12:
* April 27: After announcing his retirement earlier in the year,
Glenn Clark suspension
On January 11, the On February 6, the charges against Clark were dropped by Toronto Police [cite web|url=http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/300825|title=Charges against Rock coach dropped|work= All-Star game The 2008 All-Star Game was held at All-Star teams Monthly Awards Awards are also given out monthly for the best overall player and best rookie. tatistics Leaders Bold numbers indicate new single-season records. "Italics" indicate tied single-season records. See also * References External links * [http://nll.com/article.php?id=3086 Original 2008 NLL schedule]
* [http://nll.com/article.php?id=3141 Revised 2008 NLL schedule]
On February 6, the charges against Clark were dropped by Toronto Police [cite web|url=http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/300825|title=Charges against Rock coach dropped|work=
The 2008 All-Star Game was held at
Awards are also given out monthly for the best overall player and best rookie.
Bold numbers indicate new single-season records. "Italics" indicate tied single-season records.
* [http://nll.com/article.php?id=3086 Original 2008 NLL schedule]
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