Life is good for Owen Hill, who recently signed a two-year contract with the Rochester Knighthawks.
Selected by Rochester last month third round, 38 overall in the 2020 NLL Virtual Draft, Hill has proven over part of the last five seasons with the Six Nations Rebels and Six Nations Arrows to be quite a solid clutch performer.
“Owen is a very smart and skilled player and he’s going to be a guy that can be an NLL player,” Knighthawks GM Dan Carey said about a week after the draft. “We see a lot of positives and good things in him and I think that over time we see him as a little bit of a player that may need a little bit of time to develop, but he may prove us wrong from that perspective. I think that his skill level and IQ are definitely appealing to us. He just seems to be a great, young player that’s destined to play in the NLL.”
Hill, who plays at Syracuse University, had his best season in 2019 with the Jr ‘A’ Arrows when this transition man scored nine goals and 22 points.
During his time over the years with the Arrows, this 5’9” 155- pound athlete has totaled 12 goals and 31 assists for 43 total points in 36 games played. Meanwhile Hill had his best season with the Junior ‘B’ Rebels in 2017 when in Junior ‘B’ competition that year he put up career numbers with 16 goals, 45 points along with 33 penalty minutes.
All told, Hill throughout his Junior ‘B’ career dressed in Rebels colors for 37 games where he went on to score 32 goals and 38 assists for 70 total points.
All together during the past five years with the Arrows and Rebels, Hill has played in 73 games where he ended up with 44 goals and 113 points along with racking up 69 penalty minutes.
At school, Hill harnessed his lacrosse skills first during 2014-15 at McKinnon Park Secondary School followed from 2016-18 at the prestigious Hill Academy where he had success in helping them win consecutive Geico High School National Championship titles in the 2017 and 2018 campaigns. During that magical 2018 season, Hill excelled with 15 goals.
These are obviously grand times for Hill who has accomplished that goal of being drafted into the NLL. Now the hard work begins, as he will be looking to prove himself during his rookie season with the Knighthawks.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s still up in the air regarding when exactly the upcoming season will be kicking off.