Cody Jamieson has won yet another piece of prestigious hardware.
The 27-year-old Mohawk, who lives in the Six Nations community of Ohsweken, was chosen as the National Lacrosse League's Most Valuable Player at a banquet this past weekend.
Though the NLL season ended in May, the league's award night was only held on Sunday in Oakville, Ontario.
"It feels good to win it," Jamieson, a member of the Rochester Knighthawks, who won their third consecutive NLL title this past spring, told ICTMN. "But it is more of a testament to the team that we have."
Jamieson said winning yet another league championship with Rochester is considerably more significant to him than his MVP selection. "Individual awards come from being on great teams," he said. "I don't think I would have been nominated for this award if I didn't have a successful team behind me."
Jamieson had been announced as one of the three finalists for the MVP award in June. The other finalists were Knighthawks' goalie Matt Vinc and the Toronto Rock’s Garrett Billings, who finished third in the NLL scoring race.
Jamieson also won the NLL scoring championship this past season, racking up 108 points (36 goals, 72 assists) in 18 matches.
Jamieson, who has played four NLL seasons, said there were several reasons why his point total was a career best thus far. "I've got more experience in the league now," he said. "And our offense has been together now for a couple of years so that helps. Plus, they added two games to the [regular season] schedule. That's obviously a reason why I had more points, too."
Jamieson's MVP award capped off a hugely successful year for him. Earlier in the month, he helped his hometown Six Nations Chiefs win the Mann Cup, the Canadian senior men's box lacrosse championship.
The Chiefs, who hosted the Mann Cup finals, defeated the British Columbia-based Victoria Shamrocks in six games in their best-of-seven series. Jamieson and the Chiefs won the Mann Cup last year as well. He was also chosen as the MVP of that tournament, which was held in Victoria.
As for this year, Jamieson was also a member of the Iroquois Nationals, who won the bronze medal at the world men's field lacrosse championships staged in Denver in July. "It was a good year," Jamieson said. "I plan on doing it again next year."
Jamieson will in all likelihood represent the Iroquois Nationals at the 2015 world box tournament. That event, which will be held next September, will feature games in Buffalo as well as the Onondaga Nation Arena near Syracuse.
Jamieson's hectic 2014 ventures prevented him from also playing pro-field lacrosse. He had played Major League Lacrosse the previous three years with the Hamilton Nationals. But,
The Nationals did not participate in the MLL campaign this year and the rights to the majority of their players, including Jamieson's, were transferred to the expansion Florida Launch.
Jamieson was listed initially as being on the Launch practice roster, but his rights were picked up by the Charlotte Hounds. "I just couldn't find the time to play," Jamieson said, adding he is hoping to suit up in the MLL next year. "I was too busy before and after the worlds."
Besides his three NLL and two Mann Cup titles, Jamieson also has some other impressive highlights on his lacrosse resume.
He won back-to-back national junior college championships with the Onondaga Community College Lazers in 2006 and in 2007. He’s a member of the Six Nations Arrows that won the Minto Cup, the Canadian Junior A title in 2007. And Jamieson was also on the Syracuse University squad that captured the NCAA title in 2009.
Soon, he will start gearing up for the Knighthawks' 2015 campaign. The club is expected to open its training camp in either late October or early November.
The Knighthawks' main camp is staged in Rochester. But since a large number of the team's players are from Ontario, the squad stages the majority of its practices at Six Nations Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.