Merrill dominates team awards

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:05 AM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Rush handed out their team hardware Friday night, with assistant captain Brodie Merrill coming away with the lion’s share.

With 14 goals and 46 points to tie for third in team scoring heading into Saturday night’s game against the Calgary Roughnecks, Merrill received both the Transition Player of the Year and team MVP honours.

“Truthfully, it’s nice to be recognized like that, I was a little bit surprised,” Merrill said. “I wasn’t even aware that we did those awards at the end of the season. If anything, it made me feel pretty good before (Friday’s) game.

“I’ve had so much fun being a part of this team. It’s such a great group and very unselfish group. We get along with each other really well off the floor and we’re happy with each other’s success. I think that’s evident out on the floor.”

Coming to Edmonton in the NLL dispersal draft following the folding of his former club, the Portland LumberJax, in the off-season, Merrill was named an assistant captain but proved his value extends beyond leadership and onto the scoresheet.

But it was on loose balls where Merrill is truly shining, leading the Rush with a franchise-high 169 loose balls with one game left.

He joins former Rush recipients Pat Campbell, Curtis Palidwor and Chris Gill.

Brett Mydske earned the Rookie of the Year award. He leads the league among rookies with 63 loose balls.

Defender of the Year honours went to Rory Glaves, with 48 loose balls, while the Community Service award was given to Andy Secore, who has given back to the community through Rush’s school program and the Edmonton Food Bank.

The Unsung Hero award went to Jimmy Quinlan.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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