Hall and Coyle Inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame Class of 2014
Sep 05, 2014
The 2014 National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place at the Langley Events Centre on Wednesday night.
The two inductees this year are head coach and two-time NLL champion Chris Hall, along with defenseman and five-time NLL champion Pat Coyle.
“Two well deserving individuals in Pat and Chris, said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. “I thought it was great speeches, great ceremonies, probably one of the best we’ve had in the nine years we’ve been doing this. Just a great night overall.”
Hall is the first member of the Vancouver Stealth to be inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame.
“It’s an incredibly special moment for me,” said Hall. “You don’t start out a career expecting it’ll last a long time. You just put your head down and start working and hope you have some success along the way and then you seem to find some longevity, which is probably the hardest thing to do,” he said. “If you can last long enough and have some success, then you can find yourself as a candidate for something as special as this. It’s truly humbling.”
Hall won his two NLL titles (Calgary in 2004, Washington in 2010) with two different teams and is only the third head coach in league history to accomplish that feat.
“You can’t separate one from the other,” he said. “They were both with franchises that were relatively new to the area. For me, trying to bring the sport to new horizons and having some success doing that is extremely rewarding.”
Hall retired last season after twelve years as an NLL head coach, winning 85 regular season games, third most all-time. His resume also includes an NLL Coach of the Year award which he was the co-recipient of in 2010.
“It’s very deserving,” said Stealth defenseman Matt Beers. “So many people see him as one of the best head coaches in the NLL. Overall he’s such a good guy and he’s done a lot to grow the sport.”
“It comes at a time for me where my career is probably coming to an end,” said Hall. “With my health, age and stress, it’s time to let someone else have a shot at it. It’s a fitting way to bring some closure to a very exciting career.”
Pat Coyle was the other inductee into the 2014 NLL Hall of Fame. Called one of the toughest players to play against by his colleagues and coaches, Coyle was known for his physical play and leadership. Coyle is the first defenseman inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“It really was surprising when I found out he was the first defenseman,” said George Daniel. “It was long overdue. I thought it was classy of Pat to recognize his contemporaries.”
Coyle played twelve years in the NLL, winning four championships with the Toronto Rock and one with the Colorado Mammoth. Coyle recorded 1,056 loose balls and 145 points in his NLL career, which included a Defensive Player of the Year award in 2002.
“This was my third time being nominated,” said Coyle. “I sort of came to terms with it wasn’t going to happen. Then to get nominated again and get the phone call was more of a shock than anything.”
Coyle and Hall are the twenty-second and twenty-third members to be inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame, which was established in 2008.
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