By Aly Morrissey | 12/7/11 5:00 PM
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Major League Lacrosse
MLL Releases 2012 Expansion Draft Results, Announces Trades
New MLL Teams Stack Rosters; Major Trades Transpire During Draft
BOSTON, Mass. (December 7, 2011) – Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced Wednesday the results of the 2012 MLL Expansion Draft, the first of three major drafts slated to take place prior to the 2012 MLL season. In an effort to fill out their inaugural rosters, the Charlotte Hounds and Ohio Machine had 12 and 11 picks, respectively.
“We were very excited by today’s draft results as our two new teams were able to stack their rosters with some incredible talent,” said MLL Commissioner David Gross.
Almost one year ago, the League announced its multi-year expansion plan, naming the Charlotte Hounds and Ohio Machine as the first new teams to begin play in 2012. The MLL Expansion Draft, consisting of 15 rounds, was designed to help the new teams fill out their rosters for the upcoming season. In addition to the new teams, the Boston Cannons, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Hamilton Nationals, and Rochester Rattlers also received picks through trades that transpired this fall.
The Rochester Rattlers boasted the first overall pick (from Ohio through an October trade), and claimed midfielder Dan Burns from the MLL Player Pool. Burns was unprotected by the Hamilton Nationals after the 2011 season.
The Charlotte Hounds had the second pick in the first round and chose 2011 MLL Rookie of the Year Jeremy Boltus, who was left unprotected by the Hamilton Nationals.
Several major trades were announced during the draft. The first sent Burns back to Hamilton (along with Rochester’s 2nd and 3rd round picks in next week’s MLL Supplemental Draft) for Kevin Leveille and Hamilton’s 2nd round pick in the Supplemental Draft.
The second trade was a high profile move that sent Long Island’s Matt Danowski, Stephen Berger, the team’s 20th overall selection in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft and 3rd round selection in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft to the Charlotte Hounds in exchange for Max Quinzani, who was selected by Charlotte in the 2nd round of the Expansion Draft (4th overall). Long Island also received the Hounds’ No. 1 pick in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft.
“We’re thrilled,” said Hounds Head Coach Mike Cerino of the trade. “We see Matt and Stephen as building blocks for us. Two great MLL pros with a rich pedigree.”
In the third and final trade, the Ohio Machine sent Brian Spallina and their 26th overall selection in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft to the Chesapeake Bayhawks for the 21st overall selection in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft.
Other notable drafted players included fan-favorite Connor Martin as the first selection by the Ohio Machine (3rd overall). The attackman was left unprotected by the Denver Outlaws after the 2011 MLL season.
MLL veteran Bill McGlone was selected by the MLL Champion Boston Cannons in the 6th round (11th overall selection) which was their first and only selection in the Expansion Draft. McGlone was left unprotected by the Denver Outlaws after his 2011 campaign.
Kip Turner, the 2010 MLL Goalie of the Year, was drafted by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the 7th round (13th overall selection). Turner, who only appeared in three games for the Boston Cannons last year, was left unprotected by the team.
MLL defensive legend Brian Spallina was drafted in the final round by the Ohio Machine. Spallina, who played for the Long Island Lizards from 2001 to 2002, and 2009 to 2011, was left unprotected by the organization after this past season.
At the end of the 2012 MLL Expansion Draft, teams were allowed to pull back their unprotected players or keep them in the MLL Player Pool if they had not been chosen. To see a full list of the unprotected players who were placed back on their original rosters, click here.
About Major League Lacrosse (MLL)
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June of 2001 and will enter its twelfth season in 2012. MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of eight teams: The Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Hamilton Nationals, Long Island Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers.
The 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft will take place on January 13, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA. The 2012 season will commence on April 28, 2012. More information about the league can be found at www.majorleaguelacrosse.com, Facebook or Twitter.