Huge congratulations to Elite Performance Academy Lacrosse star Callum Crawford on being named the NLL Colorado Mammoth Most Valuable Player!
Injuries restricted Callum to only 12 games in 2015, and he came to EPA determined to be a stronger, faster, healthier player heading into his 11th season as a pro. Callum fully committed to the program, pushing his mobility, strength and movement skills to new levels – and the results were easy to see. He tied the NLL single-season record with 83 assists in 18 games, and tied his career high with 32 goals. His 115 points was 1 shy of the Mammoth’s all-time single-season record. And, he played in all 18 games, injury free.
An outstanding season for an outstanding pro!
Crawford Named Team MVP
Forward Tied NLL Assists Record
When the Colorado Mammoth signed free-agent forward Callum Crawford to a three-year deal in August, the team thought it was getting a very good player. What it got was a great one! The Mammoth announced on Wednesday that it has bestowed the team’s 2016 Gary Gait Award to Crawford, an honor that acknowledges the most valuable player.
Crawford tied the NLL single-season record with 83 assists, and tied a career-high with 32 goals. His 115-point year was one shy of John Grant, Jr.’s team record.
“Callum completely transformed our offense, and made us a more balanced attack,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “He is an acrobatic playmaker, and a game-changer.”
Crawford managed a share of, or the outright team-lead in goals five times this season. Thirteen times he was atop the assist category, and 14 times he did so in points – including the final nine games of the regular season. His nine-assist game against Buffalo in January tied for a season-high by a player in the NLL this year.
The Ottawa, Ontario native was honored twice this season by the NLL with the Air Canada Wingman of the Week award.
Crawford’s record-tying assist-total was tops in the NLL, while his 115 points were third-most. His 27 power-play assists – a new career-best – were second in the league, and his 89 loose balls were tied for 10th among forwards.
The team award is named after Gary Gait, who won an NLL-record six league MVPs and whose number-22 jersey was the first to be retired by the franchise.