(September 7, 2017)… The Rochester Knighthawks kicked off a very productive 2016 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft by taking proven scorer Josh Currier. The Peterborough, Ontario native had just completed incredible careers at the collegiate and Junior “A” levels.
During his four seasons at Virginia Wesleyan University, the righty was a four-time All-American and graduated as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s all-time leader in career points with 353. In juniors, Currier posted impressive numbers over his four seasons with the Peterborough Lakers. In 71 games, he recorded 124 goals and 102 assists for 226 points.
On Dec. 29, Currier took the next step in his lacrosse career by making his NLL debut with the Knighthawks. That night, he scored one goal and added one assist in his first pro action. He followed up that performance with a five-point effort versus New England. Currier would go on to record points in 11 of his 12 games. He finished tied for third on the team with 18 goals and placed fifth with 35 points. He was rewarded by being named to the 2017 NLL All-Rookie Team.
In this edition of the Rookie Rewind, we catch up with Josh Currier.
The Knighthawks selected you sixth overall in the 2016 NLL Entry Draft. Thinking back to the draft, how exciting was that experience?
Hearing my name announced at the draft was one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. It was something I thought about countless times and finally one of my biggest dreams was fulfilled.
Was training camp everything you expected?
I was really nervous going into training camp and didn’t know what to expect. Traveling with “Vit” (Cory Vitarelli) helped a lot because he told me what to expect. Once camp started, there were a bunch of other guys who welcomed me in and made me feel at home.
Describe your emotions during your pro debut?
I thought back to draft night a lot the day of the home opener. Once I was drafted, I couldn’t stop thinking about opening night. The fans were awesome and I knew I would love Rochester.
How did it feel to score your first pro goal during your inaugural game on Dec. 29?
I was really happy to get my first goal in my first game, so I didn’t have to worry about it anymore and I just had to focus on winning from then on.
On Feb. 11, you posted a career-high four goals against the Saskatchewan Rush. How great was it to have such a clutch performance against the then two-time defending champs?
I always love scoring goals, but the feeling of a loss always overpowers the excitement of scoring. I just hope I can get a new career high in a winning cause next season.
You were named to the NLL All-Rookie Team. With such an impressive rookie class, how much of an honor was it to receive the nod?
Receiving this honor with one of my best friends and teammates (Kyle Jackson) was really cool. There were a lot of deserving candidates and it was an honor that I got picked.
What was the biggest adjustment you had to make as a rookie?
I honestly didn’t make any adjustments to my game when I took the step up to pro lacrosse. I think one of my biggest attributes to a lacrosse team is my work ethic and I just kept relying on that during my rookie season.
What are you working on this summer to prepare for your sophomore season?
I worked really hard to get healthy this summer and can’t wait to get back on the floor with the Knighthawks.