February 12, 2010

MLL Trade: Huntley to Join Dad in Toronto

from press release

Former Major League Lacrosse Rookie of the Year Kevin Huntley was traded today from the Washington Bayhawks to the Toronto Nationals along with Josh Sims and draft picks.  The Bayhawks receive 2-time MLL Champions Jeff Zywicki, and Nick O’Hara in return along with midfielder Jordan Levine.
The trade means Huntley will get the chance to play for his father Dave Huntley in Toronto.  The elder Huntley led the Nationals to the Major League Lacrosse Championship in his first season as head coach in 2009.

Kevin Huntley, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, was the 17th overall selection in the 2008 Collegiate Draft and went on to win Cascade Rookie of the Year honors after registering 30 goals and 5 assists for Los Angeles.  Prior to the 2009 season he was sent to Washington as part of the re-allocation process.  He scored 23 goals and registered 6 assists in his second season.

Nationals General Manager Stu Brown on acquiring Huntley:

"This is a very exciting day for the Toronto Nationals, it’s not everyday that you get a chance to add a player of Kevin's caliber.  I believe that Kevin Huntley is one of the top scorers in the MLL. We feel that Kevin will be a great fit with our existing offensive players. We also feel that he gives us an added dimension, as he possesses and excellent long range shot.  In his two years with the league he has proven to be one of the best. We are absolutely thrilled that we were able to acquire Kevin and we look forward to getting our new look offense on the field together in May."
 "Most importantly we are looking to add guys who will be a good fit in the dressing room, Kevin is definitely one of those guys, and he will be a great fit here with the Nationals"
Also moving to Toronto will be MLL veteran Josh Sims.  Sims is one of four remaining players from the original 18 allocated players at the inception of the league prior to the 2001 season.  He spent his first five MLL seasons with the Baltimore Bayhawks before joining Denver in 2006.  He was selected by Washington in December’s Supplemental Draft and now will be heading to Toronto.  In 80 career games Sims has scored 116 goals (15 two-point goals) and has registered 57 assists.  In 9 games last season with Denver he had 11 goals and 9 assists helping lead the Outlaws to the MLL Championship game where they fell to Toronto.

Jeff Zywicki, a 2005 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, has scored 87 goals in 39 career games including back-to-back 31 goal seasons in 2007 and 2008.  Last year he scored 19 goals and had 14 assists for the Nationals.  In addition to being a member of the last two MLL Championship Teams, Zywicki won a Gold Medal as a member of Team Canada at the 2006 World Championships.

Midfielder Jordan Levine is entering his 3rd MLL season and will be joining his 3rd team.  After completing his college career at Albany he was the 10th overall pick in the 2008 collegiate draft by New Jersey and then played for Toronto in 2009.  Levine has registered 24 points in 21 career MLL games (12 goals, 12 assists) including 7 goals in 10 games last year for Toronto.

The Nationals also send Nick O’Hara to Washington.  O’Hara was a third round selection in the 2008 draft by Rochester after finishing up his collegiate career at Duke University.

Washington GM Spencer Ford on the newest Bayhawks:

“We are very excited to again gain three players in a trade who can be a part of the 19-man roster right away.  Jeff Zywcki is a gamer, no matter what league he plays in, he always puts himself at the top of the scoring leaders. He will help take our team to the next level with his ability to score goals. Having Jeff, Danny Glading, Ben Rubeor, John Christmas and Andrew Combs makes us one of the best units in the game and will cause match-up problems for the other teams.”

“Jordan Levine is an unbelievable transition midfielder who can play D, run between the lines and score. He will help us in a big way. Along with Matt Abbott, Benson Erwin, Billy Glading and Alex Buckley, we will be very hard to beat from the midfield and they will again cause matchup problems when transitioning the ball from D to O.”

“Nick O'Hara can flat out play. He helps our defense in all aspects because of his ability to get the ball from one end to the other. He is very good at creating scoring opportunities after making a defensive play.”

“All in all, we are thrilled to have these three young men join the Bayhawks. They will be huge in helping us get back to Championship Weekend.”

The 2010 Major League Lacrosse season begins on Saturday, May 15. Season highlights include the 2010 MLL All Star Game in Boston on July 8, 2010 and the New Balance MLL Championship Weekend will be at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD on Aug. 21-22.

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