May 5, 2009

Dawson, Tutka Kick off NLL Award Winners

from press release

The National Lacrosse League announced today that Boston Blazers forward Dan Dawson has won the Sportsmanship Award for the 2009 season.  Dawson's leadership both on and off the floor played a significant role in the first-year success of the expansion Boston Blazers franchise.
The eight-year pro led the Blazers offense with 104 points on the season (30 goals, 74 assists), and scored the second-most points of any player in the league this season.  He served as team captain, and his leadership skills were invaluable on a young team that surprised many by posting a 10-6 record and making the playoffs in its expansion season.  Dawson also became a recognizable face of the team in the Boston community.  Back on the floor, he was only assessed a total of eight penalty minutes while playing in all 16 games of the regular season.
The league also announced that Paul Tutka is the winner of the Tom Borrelli Award, given annually to the Writer of the Year.  Tutka, a senior writer for NLL Insider and Inside Lacrosse Magazine, covers the league extensively and in great detail for, a news and commentary website that is operated by Inside Lacrosse Magazine.  Tutka becomes the first writer to win the Tom Borrelli Award twice, having also won the award in 2008.  The award is named in honor of the late Tom Borrelli, the longtime Buffalo Bandits beat writer for The Buffalo News.  Borrelli also covered the NLL for Lacrosse Magazine.  He passed away on November 20, 2008, following injuries from an accident that took place while covering a high school football game in Buffalo.  Borrelli was recognized by the NLL Hall of Fame in 2007, and was the first member of the media to be recognized by the Hall of Fame for their contributions to the game.

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