The Colorado Mammoth acquired 2010 National Lacrosse League Most Valuable Player Casey Powell from the Rochester Knighthawks in Tuesday in exchange for defenceman Jon Sullivan and a third-round draft pick.
"Casey is one of the best to ever play lacrosse," said Mammoth president and general manager Steve Govett. "He should step in and make an immediate impact on our offence, and on our team as a whole."
The six-time All-Pro became the first American ever to win the NLL's MVP award in 2010, when he posted 44 goals and 36 assists in 14 games played. Powell, in his 10th season in the NLL, has scored 262 goals and 355 assists in 126 career games.
A member of Lacrosse Magazine's All-Century Team, Powell carried on the tradition of the legendary number 22 jersey at Syracuse University that was worn before him by Gary Gait. The West Carthage, N.Y. native graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer and was the two-time Division 1 National Player of the Year. He was a four-time member of the NCAA All-Tournament team and is the all-time leader in career points in Major League Lacrosse.
Powell set the national record for career points by a high school player (553) at Carthage Senior High School.
With Sullivan's departure, the Mammoth named defenceman John Gallant one of the team's assistant captains, joining John Grant Jr.