The 2002 National Lacrosse League
season began on November 16, 2001 and concluded with the championship game on April 13, 2002. The Toronto Rock
defeated the Albany Attack
13-12 to win their third championship in four seasons. Colin Doyle
was named championship game MVP for the second time.
Only one year after the season was lengthened to 14 games, 2002 saw it extended again, this time to 16 games.
2002 was a year of expansion for the NLL, particularly north of the border. No less than four teams were added, three of them Canadian: the New Jersey Storm
, Montreal Express
, Vancouver Ravens
, and Calgary Roughnecks
all made their NLL debuts. The expansion caused the NLL to return to a divisional format for the first time since 1994
. The teams were split into the Eastern, Central, and Northern divisions; the winners of each division would make the playoffs, as well as the top three ranked non-division-winners. The Eastern division consisted of Washington, Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey, the Central division had Albany, Rochester, Montreal, Buffalo, and Columbus, while the remaining Canadian teams (Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Calgary) were in the Northern division.
Early in the morning of February 14, limousine driver Costas Christofi was found shot to death at the home of New Jersey Storm owner Jayson Williams
. Williams was acquitted of most... Read More