Six Finalists Announced for the NLL Hall of Fame 2013 Ballot

The National Lacrosse League has announced the six finalists on the ballot for the NLL Hall of Fame Class of 2013. The three new finalists are Pat McCready, Pat O'Toole and Kaleb Toth, while Chris Driscoll, Regy Thorpe and the 1993 Buffalo Bandits automatically return from last year's ballot.

Brief summaries of each candidate's accomplishments are listed below. Ballots are cast by the teams, current members of the NLL Hall of Fame and senior members of the league's covering media.

Pat McCready
Pat McCready played 17 seasons in the league from 1996-2012 including eight seasons with the Buffalo Bandits and seven seasons with the Rochester Knighthawks. McCready recorded 384 points (141+243) over his career along with 1,593 loose balls, third-most in NLL history, and ranks third in the league all-time in penalty minutes (468) and seventh in games played (219). The 2011 NLL Defensive Player of the Year won three championships, two with the Knighthawks, first in 1997 and again in 2012 as the team's captain, along with one with the Bandits (2008). McCready added 37 points (7+30) and 189 loose balls in 31 career playoff games with eight Championship Game appearances (1997, 1999-2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012).

Pat O'Toole
Pat O'Toole played 16 seasons in the league from 1995-2010 including 12 years with the Rochester Knighthawks after three seasons with the Buffalo Bandits. The 2003 NLL Goaltender of the Year made 6,464 saves, second-most in league history, in 204 regular season games, which are 10th-most in NLL history. Rochester's all-time leader in wins (102) and saves (5,756), O'Toole won two championships as a player, first with Buffalo in 1996 when he was named title game MVP, and again with the Knighthawks in 2007. O'Toole posted a career record of 115-56 with an 11.40 goals against average and .768 save percentage while adding an NLL-record three goals and 136 assists. O'Toole posted a 9-9 record in 23 career playoff games with six Championship Game appearances (1996-1997, 1999-2000, 2003, 2007).

Kaleb Toth
Kaleb Toth played 13 seasons in the league from 2000-2012 including 11 years with the Calgary Roughnecks after his first two seasons with the Toronto Rock. Toth recorded 713 points (315+398) and 703 loose balls in 186 career regular season games and is Calgary's all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points. Toth won two championships with the Roughnecks in 2004 and 2009 after winning a title with the Rock in 2000 when he scored the game-winning goal with one second left in the fourth quarter. On March 2, 2013, Toth became the first player to receive the "Forever a Roughneck" distinction with his banner raised to the top of Scotiabank Saddledome. Toth added 71 points (31+40) and 84 loose balls in 20 career playoff games with four Championship Game appearances (2000-2001, 2004, 2009).

Chris Driscoll
Chris Driscoll played 19 seasons in the league from 1993-2011 including seven years with the Toronto Rock (2003-2009) and six seasons with the Rochester Knighthawks (1995-1999, 2011). The defenseman recorded 488 points (193+295) and 816 loose balls in 210 career regular season games. Driscoll reached the playoffs in 12 of his 19 seasons with 34 points (12+22) and 51 loose balls in 16 career playoff games while playing in the Championship Game four times, winning a combined three titles with Rochester (1997) and Toronto (2003, 2005). Driscoll won the league's Sportsmanship Award in 2003 and was Second Team All-Pro in 1996.

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