HOSSACK NAMED SECOND TEAM ALL-PROJul 17, 2017
(July 17, 2017)… The National Lacrosse League announced its 2017 All-Pro teams today and Rochester Knighthawks defenseman Graeme Hossack was named to the Second Team. Earlier this summer, the second-year pro was voted a finalist for the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
“Defense is not just an individual effort,” he said. “I wouldn't have had the individual success this season without the rest of the team playing strong team defense.”
This past season, the Port Perry, Ontario native led the Knighthawks with 125 loose balls and 29 forced turnovers en route to team Best Defenseman honors. Hossack posted career highs in goals (six), assists (four) and points (10). The 24-year-old ended the year by scoring the empty-net game-winning goal to beat the eventual champion Georgia Swarm on April 29.
Since arriving in Rochester, Hossack has played in all 36 games and notched eight goals, seven assists and 216 loose balls. During the 2016 season, he finished second in the NLL in loose balls among rookies with 91 as he played in all of the team’s 18 games. He concluded the season by becoming the first Knighthawk since 2012 to be named to the NLL All-Rookie Team. He was also named the Knighthawks’ 2016 Rookie of the Year.
Hossack was originally the Knighthawks’ first-round selection (second overall) in the 2015 NLL Entry Draft. At the collegiate level, Hossack became the first player from Lindenwood University to be selected as a First Team All-American in 2015. He also earned ECAC Specialist of the Year honors in 2014 and 2015, and was a three-time First Team All-ECAC (2013-15) selection.
“Coming into the draft, he was projected as one of the top defensemen,” said Knighthawks goaltender Matt Vinc. “It’s not surprising (now) that he’s an All-Pro selection.
“The biggest thing that he has going for him is that he is one of the best athletes I have ever seen. He is a strong, physical presence who also has the speed and quickness to maintain somebody like a Lyle Thompson. He has all the tools to keep growing as a player and I am just happy that he’s a ‘D’ guy in front of me.”