February 10, 2009

Eliuk, Veltman Voted into NLL Hall of Fame

from press release

Jim Veltman, the NLL's all-time loose balls leader who retired as a player in 2008, has been voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
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The National Lacrosse League has announced the members of the league's Hall of Fame Class of 2009. Legendary goaltender Dallas Eliuk and record-setting forward/transition player and team captain Jim Veltman will be inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame on March 7.

Eliuk played for the Philadelphia Wings and Portland LumberJax during an 18-year playing career; Veltman played for the Buffalo Bandits and Toronto Rock franchises during sixteen seasons in the league.

Both players retired following the 2008 season, and were elected to the Hall of Fame during their first year of eligibility.

The ceremony for the Class of 2009 will take place on Saturday, March 7, as part of the league's All-Star Weekend in Denver.  The Hall of Fame luncheon will be held in The Ridgeline on the ADT Club Level at Pepsi Center, where the new members will be inducted as the class of 2009.  Tickets for the luncheon will be available to the public with special access surrounding that event. The Hall of Fame ceremony will be broadcast live on the NLL Network. The NLL All-Star Game takes place later that evening (7 p.m. Mountain) at the Pepsi Center.  For tickets and information surrounding all events, please call 303-405-1101.

The Class of 2009 will be the fourth group to be welcomed in to the Hall of Fame. In 2006, five charter members were inducted: Les Bartley, Russ Cline, Chris Fritz, Gary Gait and Paul Gait. The Class of 2007 included three inductees: Mike French, Darris Kilgour and Tom Marechek. The Hall also recognized Tom Borrelli for his contributions to the game as a member of the media.  In 2008, the Hall of Fame inducted Johnny Mouradian, Sal Locascio and Tony Resch.  Neil Stevens was recognized for his contributions as a member of the media.

Dallas Eliuk

Dallas Eliuk is the National Lacrosse League's all-time saves leader with 6,356 career regular season saves and became the first player to appear in 200 career games as part of an 18-year playing career.  The Vancouver, British Columbia native has won four Championships (1994, 1995, 1998 and 2001), nine All-Pro Awards and two Championship Most Valuable Player Awards (1998 and 2001).

The six-time All-Star retired with a career saves percentage of 76.24% and a career goals-against-average of 12.24.  Eliuk also stopped 400 shots or more in a season nine times during his illustrious playing career in the NLL.

Eliuk played his first 15 seasons with the Philadelphia Wings before moving west to play his final three seasons in Portland. He retired after the 2008 season and became an Assistant Coach for the LumberJax.  Eliuk also serves as the team's front office as Community Relations and Creative Design Director. 

Jim Veltman

Jim Veltman won eight league championships during his 16-season playing career in the league (1992-1996, 1998-2008), the most of any player in league history.  Playing for Buffalo, Ontario and Toronto, his teams made 14 playoff appearances and reached the championship game ten times.  Veltman was also the team captain for all eight of his championships; three in Buffalo (1992, '93 & '96) and five in Toronto (1999, 2000, '02, '03 & '05).

Veltman played the position of forward and is the league's all-time league leader in loose balls collected (2,417). He also holds the league's single-season loose ball record (226). Other awards include being named the league's MVP in 2004 and winner of the Sportsmanship Award in 2002.  He was named to the league's All-Pro Team twelve times.

Veltman retired from his playing career following the 2008 season and is now a team advisor for the Rock.

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