May 14, 2012

Rubisch Named NLL Defensive Player of Year

from press release

EDMONTON -- The National Lacrosse League has announced that Kyle Rubisch of the Edmonton Rush is the winner of the National Lacrosse League's Defensive Player of the Year for the 2012 season.

Rubisch completed his second season in the league by leading the NLL with 43 forced turnovers. The defenseman played in all 16 regular season games for the Rush, and was named the NLL's Defensive Player of the Week twice.

Rubisch was first on the Rush and sixth in the league with 151 loose balls and set career highs with four goals and six assists for 10 points. He was a key part of an Edmonton defense that held opponents to 175 goals during the regular season, the second-lowest total in the league.

"Kyle Rubisch had an outstanding year for the Rush and is very deserving of the Defensive Player of the Year Award", said Derek Keenan, Rush general manager and head coach. "Kyle is the ultimate team player and makes the sacrifices necessary to lead a defense. At just 23 years old, it's scary to think how much better he will be as he continues to develop. The sky is the limit".

The announcements of 2012 NLL Season Awards continues Tuesday with the Transition Player of the Year. The awards are voted on by the league's board of governors, general managers and head coaches.

The Rush used the second overall selection in the 2011 Dispersal Draft of the Boston Blazers franchise to choose All-Rookie Team defender Kyle Rubisch.

The Rush shuffled a 15-3 victory on Saturday, May 12 against the Minnesota Swarm to capture the NLL West Divisional Championship and is heading to Champions Cup against the Rochester Knighthawks this Saturday, May 19 in Rochester.

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