JAMIESON NAMED NLL MVPSep 21, 2014
(September 21, 2014)… This evening, Rochester Knighthawks forward Cody Jamieson became the second player in team history to win the National Lacrosse League’s Most Valuable Player Award. Jamieson, who was also named a First Team All-Pro, accepted the league’s top honor at the first-ever NLL Season Awards Ceremony in Oakville, Ontario. (Photo by Graig Abel)
“First and foremost, I would like to thank my family,” said Jamieson, who has been playing lacrosse since he was 3 years old. “I would like to thank the team and (Owner/GM) Curt (Styres). I am thankful to be part of his vision and look forward to keeping it going.
“My teammates (played a big role, as well),” he added. “You don’t win individual awards without a great team and that holds true for me. You are nothing without your teammates.”
The award capped off an incredible year for the 27-year-old Jamieson, which was highlighted by the birth of his first son, Comyn. Jamieson made sure to acknowledge his girlfriend, Michelle, who was with him at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre for tonight’s festivities.
It was certainly a season to remember for “Jammer.” Jamieson won the 2014 NLL scoring title with 108 points, tied for second in the league in assists (72) and tied for sixth overall with 36 goals. The fourth-year pro recorded at least six points in a game nine times and 10-plus points a league-high four times. Jamieson helped lead the Knighthawks to the top of the East Division and second in the NLL with a 14-4 overall record. The Rochester assistant captain also captured the second Team MVP Award of his career.
For the third straight postseason, Jamieson led the Knighthawks in playoff points, finishing second in the league with 22. In the NLL Champion’s Cup series, he scored four goals and added five assists in three games as Rochester became the first team to three-peat in NLL history.
“You know when you put the ball in his stick, he is going to make good things happen,” said Knighthawks Head Coach Mike Hasen. “Whether he gets it, or draws the double, he has that knack for finding the open guy. He’s clutch for us. He’s scored those big goals and has setup players for some big goals.”
Jamieson, who hails from Six Nations and played collegiately at Syracuse University, was the first overall pick in the 2010 NLL Entry Draft. In his career, Jamieson has amassed 335 points (128+207) in just 65 games. He already ranks sixth all-time in team assists (207), eighth in points (335) and ninth in goals (128) in team history.
“Sometimes I forget how young Jammer is. This is only his fourth NLL year,” said Knighthawks Assistant Captain Mike Kirk. “He is filled with so much lacrosse knowledge and passion for the game He's a bigtime player who always shows up for those big time moments.”
In the NLL Finals, Jamieson has thrived in the spotlight, scoring 11 goals and dishing out 12 assists in just five games. He also won back-to-back Championship Game MVP awards from 2012-13.
“He finds a way to get us that big goal when we need it,” said Hasen. “He has that natural ability to lead us offensively and in the locker room. He is coming into his own as a true superstar.”