March 12, 2013

Mammoth Acquire Casey Powell from Rochester

from staff reports

The Colorado Mammoth and Rochester Knighthawks have announced that the Mammoth have acquired 2010 National Lacrosse League MVP Casey Powell via trade with the Knighthawks in exchange for defenseman Jon Sullivan and a third-round draft pick.

The deal comes one day prior to the NLL trade deadline, which is 5 p.m. Wednesday.

"Casey is one of the best to ever play lacrosse," said Mammoth president and general manager Steve Govett. "He should step in and make an immediate impact on our offense, and on our team as a whole."

The six-time All-Pro became the first American ever to win the NLL's MVP award in 2010, when he posted 44 goals and 36 assists in 14 games played. Powell, in his 10th season in the NLL, has scored 262 goals and 355 assists in 126 career games.

In seven games this year, Powell has eight goals and 14 assists.

A member of Lacrosse Magazine's All-Century Team, Powell carried on the tradition of the legendary number 22 jersey at Syracuse University that was worn before him by Gary Gait. The West Carthage, N.Y. native graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer and was the two-time Division I National Player of the Year. He was a four-time member of the NCAA All-Tournament team.

Powell has won gold while donning the red, white and blue in world championship competition, and set the national record for career points by a high school player (553) at Carthage Senior High School.

With Sullivan's departure, the Mammoth has named defenseman John Gallant one of the team's assistant captains, joining John Grant Jr. Gallant was Colorado's team captain from 2010-11.

Sullivan, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound defenseman, has played in 10 games for the Mammoth and recorded three assists and 31 loose balls. The 30-year-old from St. Catharines, Ontario, moves closer to home with the deal to the defending champs.

"We needed to fill that role held by McCready, Cousins and Travis Hill. He is a veteran player and that makes a difference," Knighthawks owner and general manager Curt Styres said. "Sullivan is the type of player that will check you, take the ball from you and score."

Sullivan is in his ninth season in the NLL and second with the Mammoth. In his career, he has recorded 58 points and 465 loose balls in 129 games. While in Colorado, he has served as one of the Mammoth's two assistant captains the past two seasons. In 2011, he had a career-high nine assists.

"During my career, I have been very consistent in playing good 'D' and being a good team guy," said Sullivan, who will attend the team's practice in Six Nations Wednesday. "I play with a bunch of the guys in the summer in Six Nations so it should be an easy transition."

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