TOP SCORER – MITCH JONES
North Delta’s Mitch Jones not only led the Warriors in goals (28), assists (46) and points 74, he was also second in NLL scoring. Jones was well on his way to setting career highs in assists and points before the league pause, as his 46 assists were just two off his career high, with five games still left on the schedule when play was halted.
“When we acquired Mitch two seasons ago, we knew that we were getting a dynamic player just entering the prime of his career,” states Warriors General Manager Dan Richardson. “We have seen that improvement year over year with Mitch and see him becoming one of the elite players in the NLL.”
TOP DEFENDER – MATT BEERS
Warriors Captain Matt Beers is the Vancouver Warriors top defender for the 2019-20 season.
Beers, who calls Maple Ridge home, led the team with 96 loose balls, was second on the team with fifteen caused turnovers, and also led the defense with 9 points (2 goals-7 assists). Beers also led the NLL in penalty minutes with 45.
“Matt Beers has a great skill set, but also plays with his heart on his sleeve, which makes him tougher to play against,” says Warriors Head Coach Chris Gill. “Matt’s passion for the game and quest for excellence make him a great choice for this award. He leads by example and tries to will his team to win every night.”
UNSUNG HERO – TYLER CODRON
Warriors defender Tyler Codron has been selected the Vancouver Warriors Unsung Hero this season. Codron, also from Maple Ridge like his teammate Matt Beers, just completed his ninth season patrolling the back end in the NLL.
“Tyler’s contribution to this team begins with his leadership,” remarks Warriors General Manager Dan Richardson. “His calm demeanour on the field hides his fire for competing at the highest level. Tyler does all of the things we ask our defenders to do so that the forwards can get the ball back, score the goals and get the headlines. At the end of the game, you know if you need a stop, Tyler Codron is one of the first players counted on.”
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – DEREK LLOYD
Derek Lloyd, who calls Calgary home but currently is attending school in Minneapolis, was the Warriors first selection in the 2019 NLL Entry Draft, selected in the 4th round, 52nd overall. Many teams overlooked Lloyd, Vancouver GM Dan Richardson knew they had a steal at 52 when he selected Lloyd.
“We did our homework on Derek at the draft and he turned into a nice player for us in Vancouver,” states Richardson. “He has a good set of wheels, can read the play and transitions well, and has made strides defensively this season. We look forward to the future with Derek and how he will grow into one of our better defenders.”
MVP— MITCH JONES
For the second consecutive season, Mitch Jones has been named the MVP of the Vancouver Warriors.
Jones finished first on the team in scoring, leading in all categories with 28 goals and 46 assists for 74 points. Jones also led the team in game winning goals with two and was second on the squad with 89 loose balls.
“Mitch Jones continues to improve every season,” comments Head Coach Chris Gill. “He is a threat to score every time he gets possession, but he is also a great distributor of the ball, as evidenced by his 46 assists. Mitch makes our team more dangerous and we look forward to seeing what he will do next season.”