Casey Powell Returns to NLL's Mammoth
from staff reports
DENVER – After missing the first seven games of the 2014 NLL season, Casey Powell will make his season debut on February 1st against the Minnesota Swarm, according to a Colorado Mammoth press release sent out shortly after noon.
"Casey was tremendous after we acquired him late last season," said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. "We're thrilled to have him back."
The 2010 NLL MVP registered nine goals and 23 assists in just six regular-season games for Colorado a season ago. He led the Mammoth with six points (three goals, three assists) in the West Division Semifinal.
In December, Powell notified the organization that personal reasons would prohibit him from playing. Now he's back and ready to perform.
"I can't wait to hit the floor and help this team win games," said Powell. "Saturday night is going to be a blast!"
Forward Drew Westervelt returns to the 20-man Active Roster after missing this past weekend's game due to commitments with the U.S. Men's National Team in Florida. Transition player Mat MacLeod has been placed on the Injured Reserve List, while transition player Jackson Decker returns to the Practice Player List.
Below is the original report from his decision to sit at the start of the 2014 season:
Visions of Casey Powell joining John Grant Jr. for a National Lacrosse League title run in 2014 were put on hold Saturday, when Powell announced he would not be with the team at least for the start of the season and perhaps longer.
"Due to recent circumstances in my personal affairs, I am unable to play for the Colorado Mammoth at this time," Powell said in a statement. "It is my sincerest hope that I will be able to return to the team in the future and help the organization win the Champion's Cup. I appreciate the support of the franchise, my coaches and teammates, as well as the great fans of Colorado, and can't wait until I'm able to get back to play again at Pepsi Center."
Powell, who averaged more than five points per game for the Colorado Mammoth after being acquired from the Rochester Knighthawks last March, signed a one-year contract with the Mammoth in November. His comments and recent signing would seem to suggest he would be open to returning to Colorado for another late-season boost and potential playoff run. He recently teamed up with Mammoth forward John Grant Jr. to lead the Chesapeake Bayhawks to the 2013 Major League Lacrosse championship.
Powell, whose 271 career goals and 378 career assists make him the highest-scoring American player in NLL history, has been placed on Colorado's holdout list.