In New England’s 13-11 win over Toronto on Sunday, Black Wolves forward, and MVP front runner, Callum Crawford was assessed a major and a game misconduct penalty for a hit he laid on Toronto defenseman Brad Kri. While Crawford’s intent my have not been to harm, Kri went down hard and his helmet went flying off.
Crawford was penalized for a similar hit on January 6th, 2018 against Calgary. That hit against Calgary came when Crawford was in Buffalo before being sent to New England as part of the Shawn Evans trade.
According to the NLL rule book “Any player who is assessed a second match penalty or a second Dangerous Contact to the head penalty or combination thereof, within a two year period, shall be assessed a five game suspension.”
While we haven’t heard anything from the league as of yet, Callum Crawford could be sitting out with a five game suspension in the near future. The loss of Crawford would be huge for the Black Wolves and could cost him the MVP award.
For reference, here are the two hits from Callum Crawford. The first one was from Jan 6th, 2018 vs. Calgary. The second is from this Sunday vs. Toronto. This could be a massive loss for the Black Wolves & it may cost Callum Crawford an MVP award #NLL #LaxFlash pic.twitter.com/ACxrrr9uu1
— Lacrosse Flash (@LacrosseFlash) February 25, 2019
With the possible suspension of Callum Crawford looming over New England, they made a whole host of moves today, including a trade with the Vancouver Warriors.
As first reported by Pat Gregoire, New England traded a third-round 2022 draft pick to Vancouver in exchange for defenseman Mackenzie Mitchell. The 6-foot-3 defenseman was selected 34th overall in the 2017 NLL draft by Vancouver, and has 16 loose balls and 3 caused turnovers through six games this season.
The Black Wolves have also made multiple roster moves today as well. New England has moved righty forward Quinn Powless and defenseman Adam Perroni to the active roster. Forward JP Kealy as been moved to the practice roster, while John LaFontaine has been moved to 1st level IR.