Colorado Mammoth

The Colorado Mammoth are a box lacrosse team playing in the National Lacrosse League. The Mammoth have played at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, since the 2003 season. They are owned by Stan Kroenke, who is also the owner of the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Rapids of MLS.

Colorado Mammoth
SportLacrosse
Founded2003
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
DivisionWest
Based inDenver, Colorado
ArenaPepsi Center
ColorsBurgundy and Black
OwnerStan Kroenke
Head coachPat Coyle
General managerPat Coyle
Championships(1) 2006
Division titles(1) 2006
Local mediaAltitude Sports and Entertainment, KKFN
PLPA representativeDan Coates
Joey Cupido
FormerlyBaltimore Thunder
Pittsburgh CrosseFire
Washington Power
Websitecoloradomammoth.com

The Mammoth franchise previously played as the Baltimore Thunder from 1987 to 1999, the Pittsburgh CrosseFire in 2000, and the Washington Power from 2001 to 2002. Up until the joining of the expansion team San Diego Seals, Colorado was the only non-Canadian team in the Western Division from 2014-2018. They have only missed the playoffs once since moving to Colorado.

In 2004 and from 2006 to 2008, the Mammoth lead the league in attendance. 2006 was the first year in the 20-year history of the NLL that the league had an attendance of more than one million fans in one season. The Mammoth had the honor of hosting fan number one million.[1] In 2008, the Mammoth average attendance per game was higher than Pepsi Center's other teams, the Colorado Avalanche (NHL) and the Denver Nuggets (NBA).[2]

2006 champions

In the 2006 season, the Mammoth went to the playoffs in the #2 seed in the Western Division. Round one was hosted in Colorado against rivals Calgary. The Mammoth won 18-17 in overtime. Brian Langtry scored the overtime goal. Round two (Western Division finals) was also hosted at Pepsi Center against the Arizona Sting. Rookie Dan Carey scored the winning goal as the Mammoth defeated the Sting 13-12. The championship game was held at HSBC Arena in Buffalo against the Bandits who held the league's best record and the incumbent league MVP, goaltender Steve Dietrich . The Mammoth won the Champion's Cup by a score of 16-9, with Gavin Prout being named Game MVP.

Notable players

  • Gary Gait, who retired after the 2005 NLL season as the NLL's all-time scoring leader with 596 goals and 495 assists in 174 games (a record since surpassed by John Tavares). Gait also won the 2003 NLL MVP Award while with the Mammoth. On November 12, 2005, Gait was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame, and on December 30, 2005, his number 22 jersey banner was hung from Pepsi Center rafters the first NLL number ever to be retired and hung from any arena. Gait was the Mammoth head coach for the 2006 and 2007 seasons before stepping down in August 2007 to pursue other interests.[3]
  • Brian Langtry, who won the NLL Rookie of the Year Award in 2003, is well known for his all-out goal scoring attempts. Langtry retired after the 2011 season.[4]
  • Gord "Gee" Nash, who was the 2004 Goaltender of the Year.
  • Gavin Prout, a crowd favorite who consistently puts up high numbers. In 2006, Prout was named team captain. On October 31, 2009, to the outrage of many fans, Prout was traded to the Rochester Knighthawks, who in turn traded him to the Edmonton Rush on November 10. After a season and a half in Edmonton, Prout was traded back to the Mammoth in March 2011.[5]
  • John Grant Jr., who was the 2012 NLL MVP. Retired in 2017.
  • Joey Cupido, two time fan favorite award winner who was the 2015 and 2018 Transition Player of the Year.

Awards and honors

YearPlayerAward
2003Gary GaitMost Valuable Player
Brian LangtryRookie of the Year
2004Steve GovettExecutive of the Year
Gord NashGoaltender of the Year
Gary GaitSportsmanship Award (tie with Peter Lough)
2005Gary GaitSportsmanship Award
2006Gavin ProutChampion's Cup MVP
2012Adam JonesRookie of the Year
John Grant, Jr.Most Valuable Player
2015Joey CupidoTransition Player of the Year
2018Joey CupidoTransition Player of the Year

NLL Hall of Fame members

Current roster

Colorado Mammoth roster
Active (20-man) roster Inactive roster Coaches
Goaltenders
  • 39 Steve Fryer
  • 45 Dillon Ward
Defensemen
  •  8 Brent Adams
  • 37 Dan Coates (C)
  • 82 Joey Cupido (A)
  • 27 Scott Carnegie
  •  3 Tim Edwards
  • 94 Julian Garritano
  • 23 Jordan Gilles
  • 18 Robert Hope (A)
  • 86 John Lintz
  • 25 Brad Self
  •  4 Josh Sullivan
  • 11 Taylor Stuart
Forwards
  •  7 Ryan Benesch
  • 28 Stephen Keogh
  • 16 Ryan Lee
  • 51 Eli McLaughlin
  • 35 Jeremy Noble
  • 20 Jacob Ruest
  • 17 Chris Wardle
Practice Squad
  • 42 Rowan Kelly
  • 67 Kyle Killen
  • 54 Steven Lee
  • 71 Jeff Wittig
Head Coach
  • Pat Coyle
Assistant Coaches
  • Andrew McBride
  • Shawn Williams

Legend
  • * Suspended list
  • (C) Captain
  • (A) Alternate captain

Roster updated 2018-01-02
NLL Transactions

All-time record

Season Division W–L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
2003Eastern9–71st6–23–5226223Rod Jensen/Jamie Batleylost division final
2004Western13–31st7–16–2223173Jamie Batleylost division final
2005Western8–83rd5–33–5201182Jamie Batleylost division semi-final
2006Western10–62nd6–24–4200172Gary GaitChampions
2007Western12–41st7–15–3209179Gary Gaitlost division semi-final
2008Western9–72nd6–23–5184162Bob McMahonlost division semi-final
2009Western7–94th4–43–5172184Bob McMahonlost division semi-final
2010Western4–125th0–84–4167201Bob McMahon/Steve Govett/Bob Hamleydid not qualify
2011Western5–114th3–52–6151172Bob Hamleylost division semi-final
2012Western11–52nd5–36–2217201Bob Hamleylost division semi-final
2013Western7–94th3–54–4185202Bob Hamleylost division semi-final
2014Western8–103rd4–54–5201228Bob Hamley/Pat Coyle/Chris Gill/Dan Strouplost division semi-final
2015Western9–93rd6–33–6212218Pat Coyle/Chris Gill/Dan Strouplost division semi-final
2016Western12–62nd8–14–5203202Pat Coyle/Chris Gill/Dan Strouplost division semi-final
2017Western9–93rd5–44–5202199Pat Coylelost division final
2018Western11-72nd5-46-3214199Pat CoyleLost Division semi-final
Total16 seasons144-122 80-5364–693,1673,091  
Playoff Totals15 appearances5-15 3–82–7233272 1 championship

Playoff results

SeasonGameVisitingHome
2003QuarterfinalsVancouver 12Colorado 15
SemifinalsColorado 11Toronto 15
2004Division FinalsCalgary 13Colorado 11
2005Division SemifinalsColorado 13Arizona 16
2006Division SemifinalsCalgary 17Colorado 18
Division FinalsArizona 12Colorado 13
ChampionshipColorado 16Buffalo 9
2007Division SemifinalsSan Jose 15Colorado 14 (OT)
2008Division SemifinalsCalgary 15Colorado 13
2009Division SemifinalsColorado 8Calgary 15
2011Division SemifinalsColorado 6Calgary 10
2012Division SemifinalsMinnesota 14Colorado 10
2013Division SemifinalsColorado 10Calgary 15
2014Division SemifinalsColorado 15Calgary 16 (OT)
2015Division SemifinalsCalgary 11Colorado 6
2016Division SemifinalsCalgary 11Colorado 10 (OT)

Head coaching history

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
1Rod Jensen2003945.444
2Jamie Batley20032005392613.667413.250
3Gary Gait20062007322210.688431.750
4Bob McMahon20082010341618.471202.000
5Steve Govett2010725.286
6Bob Hamley20102014662937.440303.000
7Pat Coyle,
Chris Gill,
Dan Stroup
20142017432518.581303.000
8Pat Coyle2017542628.481624.333
Source: [6]

See also

  • Colorado Mammoth seasons

References

  1. "NLL Welcomes Millionth Fan". NLL.com. April 28, 2006. Retrieved February 13, 2007.
  2. Paton, James (March 21, 2008). "Mammoth sales". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on December 12, 2008.
  3. "Gait Steps Down as Mammoth Coach". NLL.com. August 22, 2007. Archived from the original on August 24, 2007. Retrieved August 22, 2007.
  4. "Brian Langtry announces retirement". NLL.com. October 11, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  5. "Prout traded back to Colorado". NLL.com. March 15, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  6. "2017 NLL Media Guide" (PDF). National Lacrosse League. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
Preceded by
None
Major Indoor Lacrosse League Champions
1987
Succeeded by
New Jersey Saints
Preceded by
Toronto Rock
National Lacrosse League Champions
2006
Succeeded by
Rochester Knighthawks
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