The Albany FireWolves of the National Lacrosse League (NLL), today announce that transition player and alternate captain John LaFontaine has been named a finalist for the NLL’s Teammate of the Year award. This award was voted on by the NLL Players’ Association and the player representative from each team. The winner of the award will be announced around the opening game of the NLL Finals.
“What John does on the floor is matched by his off the floor efforts,” said Brett Manney, team captain of the FireWolves. “He is passionate, caring, and supportive to all his teammates. In my 15 years of playing in the NLL, there is no one who is a better leader, player, friend, and teammate than John LaFontaine. He is admired by all his teammates and puts everyone over himself. If that is not a reason to get this award, I don’t know what is.”
“John is a complete pro and has the quality of character that all athletes should aspire to achieve,” said Glenn Clark, Head Coach of the FireWolves. “He plays the game the right way and carries himself without an ego. He is a team-first athlete, and it is no surprise that his peers would consider him for this award.”
LaFontaine joined the New England Black Wolves in 2018 and has been with the organization ever since. The alternate captain appeared in 17 of Albany’s 18 games this season and led the team with 18 caused turnovers. LaFontaine also finished second on the club with 91 loose ball recoveries on the year.
Season tickets for the FireWolves’ 2023-24 season are on sale now! For more information regarding tickets, visit www.AlbanyFireWolves.com or call/text the FireWolves front office at 518-362-4900.
About Albany FireWolves
The Albany FireWolves is the Capital Region’s very own Professional Box Lacrosse team, playing in the National Lacrosse League out of the MVP Arena in downtown Albany, NY. For more information, contact the Albany FireWolves Front Office at (518) 362-4900 or visit AlbanyFireWolves.com. Follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/AlbFireWolves, Twitter @AlbFireWolves, and Instagram @AlbFireWolves.
About the National Lacrosse League
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 15 franchises across the United States and Canada: Albany FireWolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, Las Vegas Desert Dogs, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (TX), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors.
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About ASM Global
ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention, and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences. ASM Global’s diverse portfolio of clients benefit from the company’s depth of resources and unparalleled experience, expertise and creative problem solving. Each day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world deliver locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to deliver maximum results for venue owners and amazing experiences for guests. By consistently looking for new ways to envision, innovate and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the highest value for all stakeholders. For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com.
About MVP Arena
MVP Arena is a full-service entertainment and sports facility featuring a wide variety of family shows, sporting events, trade shows and concerts. Owned by Albany County and managed by ASM Global, MVP Arena opened in 1990 and is home to the Albany FireWolves of the National Lacrosse League, the Albany Empire of the National Arena League and the Division I Men’s College Basketball Siena Saints. For more information, please visit https://www.mvparena.com/.