Awards, Trades, Coaches: the Swarm's Humongous Two Weeks
It's been a whirlwind of activity for your Georgia Swarm over the last two weeks. Winning awards, blockbuster trades, a coach's new gig - so much went down, but fortunately we're here to recap everything.
History was made once again for the Swarm as our three players who were nominated for NLL End of Season awards all won their respective categories on Tuesday, June 30.
Shayne Jackson was voted as the 2020 NLL MVP, joining Lyle Thompson as the only players in Swarm history to earn MVP accolades. The 29-year-old led the Swarm in points with 73 (31G, 42A) and was on pace to obliterate his career-highs in those offensive categories. He also shot a slick 20.8 S% and collected 65 loose balls. Jackson was also named to the 2020 NLL All-Pro team.
Mike Poulin received the 2020 NLL Teammate of the Year Award, winning it with the Toronto Rock's Dan Dawson. This is the third time that Poulin has won this character award, the most wins since the award was introduced in 2015. Finally, Lyle Thompson won the 2020 NLL Sportsmanship Award for the third consecutive season, becoming the first player to receive this prestigious award that many times since its creation in 2002.
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This week started off with a bang as Swarm Owner and General Manager John Arlotta made two blockbuster trades on Monday, July 6. First, he traded Swarm assistant captain and defenseman Jason Noble to the Toronto Rock for two first-round Entry Draft picks - one for the 2021 Entry Draft and the other a conditional pick for either the 2020 or 2022 Entry Draft.
Next, Arlotta exchanged forward Zed Williams and two second-round 2020 Entry Draft selections (No. 24 and 26 overall) for the Colorado Mammoth's captain and defenseman Dan Coates and the No. 6 overall selection in the 2020 Entry Draft.
It's always difficult to give up two high character individuals like Noble and Williams who are awesome players, but Coates is a great addition to the Swarm's back end, and the three first-round picks acquired are incredibly important for the Swarm to continue their run of success in Georgia.
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Finally, the Swarm announced the departure of Dan Ladouceur, the Swarm's offensive coordinator for the past four seasons. Ladouceur is joining the New York Riptide as their new Head Coach, a fantastic opportunity for an incredible individual.
During his time with the Swarm, Ladouceur has coached the offense to unprecedented success. His first season with the team saw the Swarm win their first NLL Cup ever, and the offense set a new NLL record for most team goals scored in a regular season, 266.
The Swarm have produced two MVPs - Lyle Thompson in 2017 and Shayne Jackson in 2020 - and the offense has finished as the top producing offense twice (2017, 2020) and second once (2019) under Ladouceur's watch.
We want to wish Ladouceur, Noble, and Williams success with their new teams and thank them for their contributions over the years!
Change is never easy, but such is the nature of sports, especially during the offseason. That change also gives us an exciting opportunity to bring in new faces to the Swarm family that we know you'll love and welcome with open arms!
We're always taking steps forward to bring Atlanta another pro sports world championship as soon as possible. While there's still work to be done before the 2020-21 season, we feel great about where we are as a team and how we'll perform next season.
Make sure you're there at Sting City to cheer on the men in blue and yellow next season! Check out our 2020-21 ticket offers and secure your seats to the fastest game on two feet.
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