Buffalo Bandits forward Craig England was chosen as the National Lacrosse League's Teammate of the Year award winner, becoming the first player in franchise history to earn the honor.
"This award means a lot to me," England said in the NLL TV video announcing the voting result. "I'm very honored to accept it. There's a lot of people that I should be thanking, but I'll start off by thanking the Bandits organization, everyone from my past in my lacrosse career, my family and my friends, and finally, I just want to thank my parents. I dedicate this award to you guys for all your support and everything you guys have done for me."
England had nine goals and 20 points in 14 games this season, his third as a member of the Bandits. His 2018 campaign was cut short in late March after he suffered a detached retina in a fight.
England was one of three finalists for the award, which was founded in 2015. The Bandits alternate captain was chosen over former Buffalo defenseman and current Saskatchewan captain Chris Corbeil and Toronto goaltender Brandon Miller. Georgia goalie Mike Poulin won the award the past two years, while Vancouver's Joel McCready won the inaugural award.
“England brings unmatched passion and intensity,” Bandits forward Mitch Jones said in a release. “A guy I’d go to battle with in any situation.”