The NLL handed out its year end awards, and two Bandits are among the honorees. From TSN.ca:
Portland LumberJax’s Brodie Merrill won the Transition Player of the Year, while Buffalo Bandits defenseman Billy Dee Smith was named Defensive Player of the Year and Bandits goaltender Ken Montour won the Goaltender of the Year Award.
Smith captured this year’s award in his sixth season in the league. Smith played in 13 games for the Bandits during the regular season, accumulating 47 loose balls – the second highest total of his career – in the process. He served as a key member of a Bandits defense that allowed the third lowest number of goals during the regular season. Smith collected a total of 33 penalty minutes, and also assisted the offense with a career-best 12 points on five goals and seven assists during the season.
Playing in his seventh season in the NLL, goaltender Montour submitted the best statistical season of his career. After beginning the season in a rotation with teammate Mike Thompson, Montour quickly established himself as the top goaltender on the Buffalo roster. At the end of the regular season, Montour posted the top goals against average and save percentage in the league. He finished in a tie for second most wins amongst all goaltenders while compiling an 8-3 record and totaled the seventh most saves in the league with 451.