May 12, 2011

Roughnecks' Shattler Named NLL MVP

from press release

Calgary Roughnecks transition man Jeff Shattler was named the National Lacrosse League's Most Valuable PLayer on Thursday.

The National Lacrosse League announced Thursday that Calgary Roughnecks transition player Jeff Shattler has won the league's Most Valuable Player Award, presented by Reebok, for the 2011 Season. Earlier this week, Shattler was also named the league's Transition Player of the Year, and was named to the First-Team All Pro. He was one of the driving forces behind a season where Calgary exceeded all expectations in posting a league-best 11-5 regular season record and were the regular season champions of the Western Division.

"Jeff has become the type of player that we can trust in any position on the floor, in any situation of the game", said Roughnecks general manager Brad Banister. "Even strength, power play, killing a penalty, he can do it all. It's been amazing to watch his development as a player and a team leader in the four seasons that we've had him here in Calgary, and at age 26 he still has his best lacrosse ahead of him. It's a tremendous honor for Jeff and for the Roughnecks organization to have him win this award".

Shattler led all of the league's transition players in goals (29), assists (46) and points (75). His 75 points also tied with teammate Dane Dobbie for most points scored among Roughnecks players. In 15 regular season games played, Shattler picked up 93 loose balls and forced 12 turnovers.

The 2011 season was his fifth full season in the league. Shattler also represented the Roughnecks on the Western Division All-Star Team earlier this season.

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