|John Grant Jr. set a new NLL
single-season points record (116) and won his second MVP award, the
oldest winner at the age of 37.
© Michael Martin
Grant Jr. Becomes Oldest NLL MVP Winner
from press release
DENVER – The National Lacrosse League announced today that Colorado Mammoth forward John Grant Jr. has been named the league's 2012 Most Valuable Player, presented by Reebok Lacrosse.
The 37-year-old, who won the award five years ago while playing for the Rochester Knighthawks, is now the oldest MVP award recipient in league history.
"This is a tremendous honor, especially after being written off as an elite player by some in the past few years," said Grant. "This is a team award more than an individual award, and it wouldn't have happened if [Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett] hadn't put great pieces around me."
This year has been the finest of Grant's storied career, as he set the NLL's all-time single-season points record (116) in the regular-season finale last Saturday. He also recorded his 1,000th career point in January, 500th career goal in March and 1,000th career loose ball in April.
"'Jr.' just enjoyed the best regular season for a single player in NLL history," said Govett. "To accomplish what he did at any age, let alone at 37 years old, is incredible."
Grant was named the NLL's Player of the Month in January and February, and shared the award with Toronto's Garrett Billings in March. The Colorado assistant captain was a four-time winner of the league's Offensive Player of the Week award, and notched six-plus points in every game he played this season.
The left-handed forward joins lacrosse legend Gary Gait as the lone Mammoth players to be named the league's MVP. Gait accomplished the feat in the franchise's first season in Colorado in 2003, when he recorded 96 points.
Despite playing two less games this season that Gait did in his MVP campaign, Grant finished with 20 more points (50 goals, 66 assists).
Grant, a native of Peterborough, Ontario, registered four games of 10-plus points and scored three-plus goals in 12 of 14 games this season.
He served as team captain of the West Division in the 2012 NLL All-Star Game in February, his eighth appearance in the mid-season showcase.
The NLL will present the MVP award to Grant this Saturday, May 5 on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center as the Mammoth takes on the Minnesota Swarm in the West Division Semifinal.
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