KNIGHTHAWKS TAKE KIRK, WELCOME BACK POWELL AND REIDSep 9, 2011
(Rochester, September 9)… The Rochester Knighthawks selected tough defenseman Mike Kirk with the fifth overall pick in this afternoon’s National Lacrosse League Dispersal Draft of Boston Blazers players. The Knighthawks also used their picks to bring back two former players in forward Casey Powell and defenseman Jack Reid.
“We had him penciled in as one of the guys we wanted,” said Knighthawks Assistant General Manager Landon Miller. “He adds toughness to the back end and he is currently one of the anchors of Mike Hasen’s defense in the Mann Cup.”
Kirk plays for Hasen with the Major Series Lacrosse Brampton Excelsiors, who are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven Mann Cup Finals. The 29-year-old defenseman is familiar with the Knighthawks system and brings leadership to the team having played five pro seasons. The 6-2, 205-pounder has spent the last two seasons in Boston. He has played in 80 career games and recorded 281 loose balls and 144 penalty minutes. He can also bring some offense to the table, recording 49 points over his career.
Rochester used its 14th pick to take Casey Powell, who enters his 10th season of pro lacrosse and third with the Knighthawks. In 119 games, he has 254 goals and 341 assists for 595 points. Powell was originally the first overall pick of the Knighthawks in the 1999 NLL Entry Draft. He is a six-time All-Pro and became the first American to win the league’s MVP award in 2010. The 35-year-old was named to the All-World Team at the 2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, as he led the Americans’ offense with 16 goals and 15 assists in five games.
He recently led Major League Lacrosse in playoff points with eight (4+4), as he guided the Hamilton Nationals to the Championship Game. Powell was injured in the title game, but the opportunity to add him to the roster was too great to pass up, according to Miller.
“We felt there was too big of an upside to not take a chance,” he said. “We wouldn’t have taken him if we didn’t think he could help us win a championship.”
With their third-round selection, the Knighthawks tabbed another former player taking Reid with the 23rd overall pick. The UMass product began his career in Rochester, playing in 2007 and 2008. He was a member of the Knighthawks’ last championship team in 2007. The 6-3, 220-pound defenseman has been with the Blazers since the 2009 campaign. This summer, he was a member of the US Indoor team that won bronze at the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. In August, the 27 year old won a MLL title with the Boston Cannons. Now Reid returns where his pro career began.
“He will bring another big body to the defense,” said Miller. “He is familiar with the team having played here before.”
The Knighthawks finished the 2011 season in a three-way tie for first place in the East Division with a 10-6 record. The Knighthawks advanced to the Champion’s Cup Playoffs, losing to the eventual champion Toronto Rock. To experience the excitement of Knighthawks lacrosse, fans can call a sales representative at (585) 454-5335 or go online to Knighthawks.net. Become a season ticket holder and get the best seats in the house for just $200.