The Rochester Knighthawks are a professional lacrosse team that currently plays in Rochester N.Y. They are part of the National Lacrosse League. The Knighthawks play all of their home games at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. The current owner of the Hawks is businessman Curt Styres.
See also Rochester Knightingales, their cheerleading squad.
With the return of Grant, the Knighthawks should be ready to go for the 2010 season. Grant will be helped out by the return of Gary Gait, plus Shawn Evans. The Knighthawks begin the 2010 season on January 4th against their long time rivals the Buffalo Bandits at the Blue Cross Arena. Hopefully it will be another successful season the Rochester Knighthawks!
History & Previous Seasons
The Knighthawks have been part of the NLL since its first season in 1998. Before that, they were part of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL). The K-Hawks have been one of the leagues most successful franchises. They have consistently ranked among the top of league standings and have won the NLL Cup one time (2007). However the Knighthawks have also won the MILL Championship in 1997.
After winning their first game against the Buffalo Bandits, the K-Hawks winning streak was stopped. They ended up finishing the season 7-9 and lost in the first round of the playoffs 10-11 to the New York Titans (now the Orlando Titans).
In 2008 the Rochester Knighthawks were sold to current owner Curt Styres. Shortly after taking ownership of the Hawks, he agreed to a new five year deal with the Blue Cross Arena. Styres also bough the Rochester Americans of the AHL.
Bad news came for the K-Hawks after the 2008 season. Previous league MVP and Championship Game MVP, John Grant had to have surgery and would miss the whole 2009 season. To add up for the loss of their biggest scorer, the Knighthawks traded Andrew Potter and draft picks to the Colorado Mammoth for lacrosse legend Gary Gait. After convincing him to come out of retirement, the Hawks were again, a very potent scoring threat.
After starting the season 2-2, the Knighthawks went on a 12 game winning streak entering the playoffs. The Hawks ended up winning the Championship game, defeating the Arizona Sting 13-11. During the 2007 season, a dispute between the Knighthawks Owner Steve Donner and the operators of the Blue Cross Arena over concession sharing risked the future of the Rochester Knighthawks continuing to call Rochester their home. A one year contract was agreed to, in order to negotiate a long term deal.
The Knighthawks Dance team is called the Rochester Knightingales
The Rochester Knighthawks are currently the only sports team in Rochester that is in the best league in the U.S.
The Rochester Knighthawks current head coach is Paul Gait
One of the Knighthawks many traditions is that whenever goaltender Pat O’toole makes a good save, the announcer will say “what time is it”? The fans will chant back “Toole Time”!
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2010-01-02 14:22:08 What's their average attendance? —TimRoy