Rochester Knighthawks transition man Travis Hill will be back to help the team defend their 2012 National Lacrosse League Championship after agreeing to a new one-year deal.
â€œIt feels great to be back to defend the Cup,â€ said Hill, who won his first Championâ€™s Cup in May.
Hill finished the 2012 season with a career-high four goals, and collected 25 loose balls in nine games. The Six Nations product was signed as a free agent prior to last season after spending his entire career with the Minnesota Swarm. Hill broke into the NLL in 2005 with Minnesota, where he notched 30 points in 53 games, scooped up 325 loose balls and won 325 faceoffs.
The eight-year NLL pro played his collegiate lacrosse at nearby Canisius College. Hill has played nine seasons of senior lacrosse, including four with the Major Series Lacrosse Six Nations Chiefs (2008-09, 2011-12). Hill made the jump to the MSL after playing Junior â€œAâ€ lacrosse with St. Catharines, where he won a Minto Cup in 2003. On an international level, he has played for the silver-medal winning Iroquois Nationals team in the 2007 and 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
The Knighthawks will begin their title defense on the road to open the 2013 National Lacrosse League season. The World Champions will open their 19thÂ season against the Washington Stealth at 10:00 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, January 5th.
The Knighthawks will play their home opener on Saturday, January 19thÂ against the rival Buffalo Bandits at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena.Â Season tickets are currently on sale at the Knighthawks Office and can be purchased by calling (585) 454-HAWK (4295).