(NLL) - One day after re-signing Matt Vinc and Sid Smith to multi-year deals, the Rochester Knighthawks re-signed forward Dan Dawson to a seven-year contract on Thursday.
Dawson, who could have tested the open market as an unrestricted free agent, decided instead to remain a Knighthawk for the remainder of his National Lacrosse League career.
"It allows me to play for (Knighthawks owner) Curt (Styres) and play out my career in Rochester," said the 31-year-old Dawson. "When you have a leader and an owner that cares about his players more so off the floor than on the floor, it really makes your decision to sign and end your career under Curt that much easier. It is truly an honor playing for him and I am excited to make a serious run at the championship this year."
By re-signing Dawson, Rochester retains one of the most prolific scorers and playmakers in NLL history. The Oakville, Ontario native stands seventh on the NLL's all-time assist (577) and points (946) lists. He also has 369 goals in 187 career games. In the NLL Playoffs, he is second in assists (73), fourth in points (118) and seventh in goals (45).
The Knighthawks acquired the seven-time NLL All-Pro and former NLL MVP in a six-player, two draft pick deal with Philadelphia on December 14, 2012. The trade, which also sent his brother Paul to Rochester, rejuvenated his career.
Last season, the veteran completed his 12th season in the NLL with his first NLL Championship. Dawson finished the regular season second on the Knighthawks in points (75) and assists (52). He was equally as dangerous in the playoffs, as he led Rochester in goals (six) and finished tied with Cody Jamieson with 14 points in three games. In the Championship Game, he scored one goal and chipped in four assists to help the Knighthawks defeat the Washington Stealth to defend their NLL title.