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McConvey, Watson, Grant, Simmons Selected With Top National Lacrosse League Entry Draft Picks
Knox, Madronic, Johansen, Deaken, Gautier, Van Schepen Round Out Top Ten In Event Saturday in Toronto
The Entry Draft for the largest and most successful professional lacrosse property in the world continued through the first round as follows: (4) Albany, Alex Simmons (Smithville, ON/St. Catharines Athletics Jr A, Cobourg Kodiaks Sr A0; (5) Panther City, Jason Knox (Huntsville, ON, Burlington Chiefs Jr A); (6) Saskatchewan, Austin Madronic (Victoria, BC, Victoria Shamrocks Jr A); (7) Albany, Will Johansen (Victoria, B.C., Nanaimo Timbermen Jr A); (8) New York, Zack Deaken (Orangeville, ON, Orangeville Northmen Jr A.); (9) Panther City, Mathieu Gautier (St. Albert, AB, Edmonton Miners Jr A); and (10) Calgary, Seth Van Schepen (Brampton, ON, Oakville Rock Sr B.).
"There is nothing like the energy of the live NLL Entry Draft on an important moment in the lives of these players and pivotal day for the clubs as they build their rosters," said NLL Commissioner Brett Frood. "It was a pleasure meeting the next generation of NLL talent and their families and we wish them all the success moving forward."
The full draft results are available at https://www.nll.com/
The first round was broadcast live for the first time on TSN.ca and the TSN app in Canada and ESPN+ in the United States, with additional rounds covered in real time on NLL social channels. It marked the most extensive live coverage of the NLL Draft in the league's history.
All 15 active NLL franchises for the 2022-23 season participated in the Entry Draft, which was held virtually in 2020 and 2021 following a two-year run at Philadelphia's Xfinity Live! in 2018 and 2019.
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The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America's premier professional lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA.