NLL MVP Nomination: Cody Jamieson and Graeme HossackJun 23, 2020
Relentless. Determined. Clutch.
When you think of Cody Jamieson, it’s hard not to think of the gritty style of play the NLL veteran brings to the table, and all of the iconic moments in his 10 year career. The backbone of three NLL Championships and the lifeblood of an organization that is fueled on his ability to lead an offense in any scenario, Cody Jamieson has solidified himself into the conversation of one of the best lacrosse players of all-time.
The first overall selection by the Knighthawks in the 2010 NLL Draft, Jamieson went on to put up 53 points in his rookie season, finishing second to Curtis Dickson in Rookie of the Year voting. From that point forward, ‘Jammer’ would lead the franchise into dynasty status with his leadership on the floor and his ability to create offense in any situation.
The dynamic forward has accumulated 763 regular season points, 108 of which coming in an MVP season in 2014, capping off an improbable three-peat run. His 85 points in 18 postseason games speak volumes to his ability to show up in big moments, as any Syracuse Orange fan would tell you. His game winning goal in the 2009 NCAA National Championship secured the Orange their 11th title, in one of the most thrilling finishes in championship game history.
The transformation of #88 is much more than just his play on the floor, but in the words and actions in the locker room, the huddle, at practice and on game days. Following the footsteps of his former college teammate and best friend, Sid Smith, Jamieson has embraced and excelled in his leadership role with the franchise. You will be hard-pressed to find a former teammate who would not proclaim the impact that Cody Jamieson has had on any given game and, more importantly on their career.
“It’s an honour to be nominated with the league’s best,” said Jamieson. “You try and do whatever it takes to make the team successful. But it’s just that, without the team playing as well as they did, this would be a different conversation. So the credit goes to them.”
In a shortened 2019-20 regular season, Jamieson led the Thunderbirds with his 59 points (26+33), good for ninth in the league. In 12 games, the forward collected 45 loose balls while leading one of the most dynamic powerplays in the league with 8 goals. He finished fourth in the league with 14 powerplay assists.
As one of the veterans on this Thunderbirds squad, Jamieson has asserted himself as a both a leader and arguably one of the most reliable players in the league. Similar to Jordan, Jamieson has proven time and time again to get the job done when the weight of the game is placed on his shoulders.
Concluding the 2019 season, Jamieson, in his suit and tie turned to a staff member and said, “I’m excited. I’m excited you’re coming with us, but it’s time to get to work.” And getting to work is exactly what he did, dazzling the city of Halifax with his electrifying and dazzling play on the floor.
As for Graeme Hossack…well, we will touch more on his impact in his nomination for Defensive Player of the Year. Stay tuned.
Fans can check in the with @NLL on all social platforms next week for the finalists in each category of the 2019-20 league awards. To learn more about the Thunderbirds nominations, check in daily @HFXthunderbirds, and at HalifaxThunderbirds.com.