KNIGHTHAWKS RE-SIGN JORDAN DANCEAug 10, 2017
(August 10, 2017)… The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that the team has re-signed Jordan Dance to a one-year deal. The gritty forward appeared in three of the team’s final four games to close out the 2017 National Lacrosse League season.
“It’s exciting. I got the taste of being out there over the last four games,” he said. “It’s very exciting that I am still in the league and have a chance to play with the Knighthawks again.”
The Georgetown, Ontario native completed his first stint in Rochester with three assists and 10 loose balls. By making his Knighthawks debut on April 15, Jordan joined his dad, Kevin, as the first father-son duo to ever play for Rochester. Kevin played in 19 games for the Knighthawks from 1998-2000, and helped the team reach the 1999 NLL Finals.
Jordan, who plays much bigger than his 5-foot-9, 165-pound frame, earned his promotion to the pros after an impressive season in the Arena Lacrosse League (ALL). The Toronto Monarchs forward posted team bests in goals (29) and points (54), while finishing fourth in the league in goal scoring.
During the postseason, the 24-year-old was the playoff leader in goals (10) and points (17), and powered the Monarchs to the league championship game. In the ALL Semifinals, Dance recorded six goals and two assists in a 14-11 victory over Six Nations.
Three days after the conclusion of the season, he was signed by the Knighthawks. It marked the third time in his career that he joined an NLL club. Dance spent the 2015 season on the Buffalo Bandits’ practice roster after being selected in the third-round (24th overall) of the 2014 NLL Entry Draft by Buffalo.
“It was definitely a crazy feeling; it all happened so fast,” said Jordan, who wore No. 13 like his father. “Now that I have had time to look back on it, it was a great experience especially being on a team that I grew up watching and my dad played for as well.”
Dance jumped right into the Knighthawks’ lineup on April 15 in a road game at Colorado. After having several scoring chances in his pro debut, he played in two of Rochester’s final three games. On April 22, he had his most productive game. Dance helped set up three goals, while collecting two loose balls in Rochester’s 15-13 victory over New England. On April 29, he had a season-high five loose balls as the Knighthawks defeated Georgia 9-8.
It was Dance’s drive and compete level that impressed Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen the most.
“He plays well beyond his size and has a great lacrosse mind,” said Hasen. “He will go through a brick wall for his teammates. He will do whatever it takes to get a goal and help the team succeed.”
This summer, Dance increased his value by finishing tied for fourth on the Brampton Excelsiors with 33 points in 14 Major Series Lacrosse games. He also scored seven goals in his last two games.
“Jordan had a really strong summer,” said Knighthawks scout Stuart Brown. “He played with a lot of confidence and raised his game against high-level competition. Jordan competes hard every shift, every night. He goes to the tough areas on the floor, which is something we are looking for.”
After seeing his first NLL action, Dance cannot wait to start competing for a spot on the Knighthawks’ 2018 roster.
“I got the first couple of games in, and I got my chance to play and show what I could do out there,” he said. “I think getting into those last few games with Rochester makes a big difference for me (heading into camp).”