9/7/11 12:00 AM
By Craig Rybczynski – September 7, 2011
Now entering his second season with the National Lacrosse League’s Rochester Knighthawks, Jordan Hall cannot wait to get back to work.
“I'm excited to where our team left off. We fell short of a championship, but really started to come together as a team late in the year,” said Hall.
The Knighthawks experienced a second-half surge last season to finish with a 10-6 record. In just one year, Rochester went from 7-9 and a fifth-place finish to a first-place tie and a postseason berth in 2011.
Hall was a key member of the revamped Knighthawks roster, as he added 18 goals and 22 assists in 12 games. The 27-year-old transition man was also named the winner of the 2011 NLL Sportsmanship Award. He joined key additions like Matt Vinc, Cody Jamieson, Scott Campbell, Pat McCready, Mike Accursi, Troy Bonterre and Rory Glaves on the new-look Knighthawks.
“There was a feeling last year that things have changed in the locker room. I wasn't there two years ago so I'm unsure what it was like before,” said Hall. “But the energy last year was positive and similar to championship teams I have played on before.”
The 2012 season should be even more exciting with the Knighthawks owning the second overall selection and the fifth pick in the dispersal draft of Boston Blazers players. It is also a chance for a young and talented offense to work together for a second season.
“I am pumped to be playing with a group that I think can win. It is a good group of guys on O and D that I like playing with,” he said.
The Vancouver native arrived in Rochester after getting selected in the NLL Dispersal Draft on Orlando players. Hall, who played in Major League Lacrosse with the Rattlers, returned to the Flower City for the second time in his career. It was a homecoming of sorts for Hall, whose pro career has taken him to teams in New York, Orlando and Chicago. He was back among some of the best fans in lacrosse.
“Rochester is a great sports city. Having played indoor and outdoor, I really love the passion the fans bring. A city where the Rowdies and the Krew, two fan clubs, flourish is great,” said Hall.
Hall shares that passion with his commitment to the game on and off the field. This summer, Hall won a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Games. He also played for the Hamilton Nationals of Major League Lacrosse and helped the Nats return to the championship game for the first time since the 2009 season. He even found time to fly back west to play for the Western Lacrosse Association finalist New Westminster Salmonbellies.
When not playing lacrosse, he works to grow the sport in his new role with Reebok lacrosse, while stationed in the lax hotbed of Baltimore.
“Reebok lacrosse has been a dream job. I talk lacrosse equipment with vendors who love this sport as much as I do. Relocating across the continent was made much easier with such a great job,” said Hall.
His next stop: Rochester, NY, and the Rochester Knighthawks.