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Colorado Mammoth
Colorado Mammoth
Coloradomammothlogo.svg
League National Lacrosse League
Division Western
Founded 2003
Arena Pepsi Center
Based in Denver, Colorado
Colors Burgundy and Black
Owner Stan Kroenke
General manager Dan Carey
Head coach Pat Coyle
Local media Altitude Sports and Entertainment, KKFN
Championships 2006
Division titles 2006
PLPA representative Nick Carlson
Formerly Baltimore Thunder
Pittsburgh CrosseFire
Washington Power
Website coloradomammoth.com
Current season

The Colorado Mammoth are a box lacrosse team playing in the National Lacrosse League. The Mammoth have played at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, since the 2003 season. They are owned by Stan Kroenke, who is also the owner of the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Rapids of MLS.

The Mammoth franchise previously played as the Baltimore Thunder from 1987 to 1999, the Pittsburgh CrosseFire in 2000, and the Washington Power from 2001 to 2002. Since 2014, Colorado has been the only non-Canadian team in the Western Division.

In 2004 and from 2006 to 2008, the Mammoth lead the league in attendance. 2006 was the first year in the 20-year history of the NLL that the league had an attendance of more than one million fans in one season. The Mammoth had the honor of hosting fan number one million.[1] In 2008, the Mammoth average attendance per game was higher than Pepsi Center's other teams, the Colorado Avalanche (NHL) and the Denver Nuggets (NBA).[2]

2006 champions

In the 2006 season, the Mammoth went to the playoffs in the #2 seed in the Western Division. Round one was hosted in Colorado against rivals Calgary. The Mammoth won 18-17 in overtime. Brian Langtry scored the overtime goal. Round two (Western Division finals) was also hosted at Pepsi Center against the Arizona Sting. Rookie Dan Carey scored the winning goal as the Mammoth defeated the Sting 13-12. The championship game was held at HSBC Arena in Buffalo against the Bandits who held the league's best record and the incumbent league MVP, goaltender Steve Dietrich . The Mammoth won the Champion's Cup by a score of 16-9, with Gavin Prout being named Game MVP.

Notable players

  • Gary Gait, who retired after the 2005 NLL season as the NLL's all-time scoring leader with 596 goals and 495 assists in 174 games (a record since surpassed by John Tavares). Gait also won the 2003 NLL MVP Award while with the Mammoth. On November 12, 2005, Gait was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame, and on December 30, 2005, his number 22 jersey banner was hung from Pepsi Center rafters -- the first NLL number ever to be retired and hung from any arena. Gait was the Mammoth head coach for the 2006 and 2007 seasons before stepping down in August 2007 to pursue other interests.[3]
  • Brian Langtry, who won the NLL Rookie of the Year Award in 2003, is well known for his all-out goal scoring attempts. Langtry retired after the 2011 season.[4]
  • Gord "Gee" Nash, who was the 2004 Goaltender of the Year.
  • Gavin Prout, a crowd favorite who consistently puts up high numbers. In 2006, Prout was named team captain. On October 31, 2009, to the outrage of many fans, Prout was traded to the Rochester Knighthawks, who in turn traded him to the Edmonton Rush on November 10. After a season and a half in Edmonton, Prout was traded back to the Mammoth in March 2011.[5]
  • John Grant Jr., who was the 2012 NLL MVP.

Awards and honors

NLL Hall of Fame members

Roster


All-time record

Season Division W-L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
2003 Eastern 9-7 1st 6-2 3-5 226 223 Rod Jensen/Jamie Batley lost division final
2004 Western 13-3 1st 7-1 6-2 223 173 Jamie Batley lost division final
2005 Western 8-8 3rd 5-3 3-5 201 182 Jamie Batley lost division semi-final
2006 Western 10-6 2nd 6-2 4-4 200 172 Gary Gait Champions
2007 Western 12-4 1st 7-1 5-3 209 179 Gary Gait lost division semi-final
2008 Western 9-7 2nd 6-2 3-5 184 162 Bob McMahon lost division semi-final
2009 Western 7-9 4th 4-4 3-5 172 184 Bob McMahon lost division semi-final
2010 Western 4-12 5th 0-8 4-4 167 201 Bob McMahon/Steve Govett/Bob Hamley did not qualify
2011 Western 5-11 4th 3-5 2-6 151 172 Bob Hamley lost division semi-final
2012 Western 11-5 2nd 5-3 6-2 217 201 Bob Hamley lost division semi-final
2013 Western 7-9 4th 3-5 4-4 185 202 Bob Hamley lost division semi-final
2014 Western 8-10 3rd 4-5 4-5 201 228 Bob Hamley/Pat Coyle/Chris Gill/Dan Stroup lost division semi-final
2015 Western 9-9 3rd 6-3 3-6 212 218 Pat Coyle/Chris Gill/Dan Stroup lost division semi-final
2016 Western 12-6 2nd 8-1 4-5 203 202 Pat Coyle/Chris Gill/Dan Stroup lost division semi-final
2017 Western 9-9 3rd 5-4 4-5 202 199 Pat Coyle lost division final
Total 15 seasons 133-115   75-49 58-66 2,953 2,892    
Playoff Totals 14 appearances 5-14   3-7 2-7 221 257   1 championship

Playoff results

Season Game Visiting Home
2003 Quarterfinals Vancouver 12 Colorado 15
Semifinals Colorado 11 Toronto 15
2004 Division Finals Calgary 13 Colorado 11
2005 Division Semifinals Colorado 13 Arizona 16
2006 Division Semifinals Calgary 17 Colorado 18
Division Finals Arizona 12 Colorado 13
Championship Colorado 16 Buffalo 9
2007 Division Semifinals San Jose 15 Colorado 14 (OT)
2008 Division Semifinals Calgary 15 Colorado 13
2009 Division Semifinals Colorado 8 Calgary 15
2011 Division Semifinals Colorado 6 Calgary 10
2012 Division Semifinals Minnesota 14 Colorado 10
2013 Division Semifinals Colorado 10 Calgary 15
2014 Division Semifinals Colorado 15 Calgary 16 (OT)
2015 Division Semifinals Calgary 11 Colorado 6
2016 Division Semifinals Calgary 11 Colorado 10 (OT)

Head coaching history

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
1 Rod Jensen 2003 9 4 5 .444 - - - -
2 Jamie Batley 2003-2005 39 26 13 .667 4 1 3 .250
3 Gary Gait 2006-2007 32 22 10 .688 4 3 1 .750
4 Bob McMahon 2008-2010 34 16 18 .471 2 0 2 .000
5 Steve Govett 2010 7 2 5 .400 - - - -
6 Bob Hamley 2010-2014 66 29 37 .440 3 0 3 .000
7 Pat Coyle,
Chris Gill,
Dan Stroup
2014-2017 43 25 18 .581 3 0 3 .000
- Pat Coyle 2017- 18 9 9 .500 3 1 2 .333
Source: [6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "NLL Welcomes Millionth Fan". NLL.com. April 28, 2006. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ Paton, James (March 21, 2008). "Mammoth sales". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on December 12, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Gait Steps Down as Mammoth Coach". NLL.com. August 22, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-24. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Brian Langtry announces retirement". NLL.com. October 11, 2011. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Prout traded back to Colorado". NLL.com. March 15, 2011. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "2017 NLL Media Guide" (PDF). National Lacrosse League. Retrieved 2017. 

External links

Preceded by
None
Major Indoor Lacrosse League Champions
1987
Succeeded by
New Jersey Saints
Preceded by
Toronto Rock
National Lacrosse League Champions
2006
Succeeded by
Rochester Knighthawks

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