Driscoll Transitions to Scouting Role
from press release
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- For 20 years, Chris Driscoll has hauled his lacrosse equipment to arenas to prepare for another season in the National Lacrosse League. Now, his bag will be much smaller and his responsibilities much different. The Knighthawks player that was counted on to transition the ball from defense to offense for two decades will now transition from player to professional scout.
The 40 year old accepted a position as the Knighthawks' Ontario Scout for the 2012 season. Driscoll and the Knighthawks made the announcement Thursday as the 23-man active roster and practice squads were submitted to the league office. Driscoll, who signed a one-year deal with the Knighthawks on November 14th, attended both weekends of training camp and played in both preseason games.
"I came to camp and did what I could do," said Driscoll. "I understand they want to give a young kid a chance that will be playing for at least the next five to six years. I always wanted to be involved with an organization. It's a good opportunity for me to learn stuff off the floor."
The 2012 campaign will mark his eighth season with the Knighthawks. The Fergus, Ontario, native played 19 seasons in the NLL. On February 5, 2010, he returned to Rochester for the second time in his career via a trade with the Buffalo Bandits. His retirement from professional lacrosse thus ended in the place where he played one of his first and his last NLL game.
"I was part of the Knighthawks around the start of my career and finishing in Rochester was a good thing for me," said Driscoll, who was the last active player in the NLL left from the inaugural 1995 team.
In his professional career, he has notched 240 goals, 378 assists and 1,035 loose balls in 234 games. He won three championships along the way: 1997, 2003 and 2005. It was in Rochester where he won his first championship. The Knighthawks defeated the Buffalo Bandits 15-12 at Marine Midland Arena to capture a title in only their third season of operation. Driscoll had one goal and two assist in the MILL championship game.
"It was really exciting. We had been in the finals two years before that against Philadelphia. We were a really young team," he said. "They moved the game from the Aud to Marine Midland Arena and to beat them in their building was one of the biggest accomplishments of my lacrosse career at that time."
Driscoll collected 72 goals and 108 assists as a Knighthawk after arriving in Rochester in 1995. He was one of five players assigned to the expansion Knighthawks of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. The former Detroit Turbo was one of the founders of the team and helped establish the Western NY team as a premier franchise. From 1995 to 1999, he was a member of the four playoff teams and played in two MILL Finals with the Knighthawks.
After four years in Buffalo and two in New York, Driscoll continued to have success as he joined the Toronto Rock for parts of seven seasons (2003-09). In 2003, he was given the National Lacrosse League Sportsmanship Award and won the first of two NLL championships in three seasons with the Rock. In November 2008, he replaced the retired Jim Veltman becoming only the second team captain in Rock history. In 2010, Driscoll returned to the Knighthawks, where he spent the final two seasons of his professional career. In 2011, he recorded 11 points to finish with 198 points as a Knighthawk.
"I played 19 years or nearly half of my life," said Driscoll, said the husband and father of two. "It was a lot of fun and I have a lot of great memories."
Driscoll now makes the jump to the Knighthawks staff, which also includes former Knighthawk greats Mike Hasen and Pat O'Toole. It will be a learning experience for Driscoll, who will work as the team's Ontario Scout. His extensive lacrosse background and his job as the Ontario Lacrosse technical director will serve him well in his new post.
"'Drisky' will be very good in that role for us," said Knighthawks Head Coach Mike Hasen. "He understands our principles and what it takes to be a Knighthawk. With his vast experience in lacrosse, he will be very good at it."
The Knighthawks will open the home portion of their regular season schedule on Saturday, January 21st against the Buffalo Bandits at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena.
"It's great that Curt (Styres) offered me the opportunity to stay onboard. I am honored and very humbled," said Driscoll about the position created by Owner and GM Curt Styres. "It's a chance to do something I enjoy doing. It's the start of a new chapter in my life."