Burrard chosen as NLL rookie of the year

Maple Ridge Burrard Ben McIntosh received every single first-place vote in the NLL rookie of the year balloting.

Ben McIntosh (90) was chosen as the rookie of the year on the National Lacrosse League

Ben McIntosh (90) was chosen as the rookie of the year on the National Lacrosse League

Maple Ridge Burrard Ben McIntosh received every single first-place vote in the NLL rookie of the year balloting.

In his first season with the Edmonton Rush, McIntosh finished with an impressive 86 points on 37 goals and 49 assists, and just missed the all-time rookie scoring record of  89 points.

He was a first-round pick of both the Burrards in the WLA entry draft, and of the Rush.

McIntosh had one WLA season under his belt, and led the Burrards in playoff scoring last year.

In the winter season, Edmonton coach and GM Derek Keenan made no secret that he drafted McIntosh to add more scoring and presence on Edmonton’s right side

He had stiff competition in Jeremy Noble in Colorado, who finished second in the voting. He missed the first half of the season as a holdout from the team that drafted him, Rochester, but a trade was finally made to get Noble to Colorado, where he was already living. Noble wasted little time in showing off his skill-set, putting up 39 points on 13 goals and 26 assists in nine games.

Burrards coach Chris Gill said he’s happy for the rising lacrosse star, and that the award is a great honour.

“In that league there’s so many good young players. I just comes down to who is the most consistent, and that was our boy Benny.”