SIX NATIONS – The question being asked since last NLL season is, “will Cody Jamieson return to the game he was created for?”
Serious and nagging injuries in recent years has put Jamieson’s career in question. But now it’s official. Cody Jamieson will return to the Rochester Knighthawks lineup when the season begins Sat. Dec 9 in Calgary.
He has gotten his clearance from league doctors, has been practising with the team and is ready to play after sitting out last season recovering from surgery on his torn ACL.
Jamieson’s list of accomplishments on the floor and on the field are truly amazing making him a shoe-in for Hall of Fame honours when he finally retires. But that won’t be for a while yet, if he has anything to say about it.
He is now 30 years old with a wife and three kids to care for but there is still a lot of tread on the tires and as long as he can stay healthy, he could capture every record in the book except goaltender of the year.
Jamieson enters his seventh season in the NLL and seventh with the Knighthawks, has served as an assistant captain the past five seasons (2013 to 2017) and is third all-time in team history in goals (199), assists (329) and points (528). He’s notched two assists in his only appearance of the season on 1/28/17. In 2016, he recorded a career-high 102 loose balls, played in his 100th game as a pro on 4/30/16.
In 2016, he was named the co-winner of the Knighthawks MVP award; third time in his career he received the award, Knighthawks Offensive MVP award for the second straight season (2015 to 2016). He collected his 500th career point on 3/26/16, notched his 300th career assist on 3/12/16. He scored the overtime game-winning goal on 2/13/16 as part of a nine-point night and opened the postseason with a career-high nine playoff points on 5/8/15.
He was named the 2015 Knighthawks Offensive MVP and a Second Team All-Pro, led the team with 36 goals and 92 points, he was tied for the league-lead with four game-winning goals and was only one of two Rochester players to record a point in all 18 regular season games.
Jamieson reached 400 career points on 4/11/15. Scored back-to-back game-winning goals (2/21/15 to 2/28/15). Collected a career-high nine assists on 2/14/15. Named the 2014 NLL MVP and a First Team All-Pro. Won three straight Champion’s Cups (2012 to 2014), For the third straight postseason, he led the Knighthawks in points. In 2014, he was named Rochester’s MVP for the second time in his career. Became the second Knighthawk to win the NLL Scoring Title. Finished the season with a career-high 108 points and 72 assists, which set a single-season franchise record. Tied his best season with 36 goals. Won the Rochester Press-Radio Club’s Elliot Cushing Award for promoting lacrosse on a national level. On 4/26/14, he became the first Knighthawk since John Grant Jr. to break 100 points in a season; he also recorded his 200th career assist as part of an eight-assist night. On 3/15/14, he set a career high with 11 points. Scored his 100th career goal on 1/25/14. The second player in NLL history to win back-to-back Championship Game MVP Awards, joining John Tavares (1992 to 1993). In 2013, he had a then career-high 61 assists, which was the second most in team single-season history… Fourth in the NLL in assists and sixth with 89 points. Named the NLL Offensive Player of the Week after notching five goals and 11 assists in two games (2/8-2/9/13).
He was an alternate captain for the first time in his career on 1/19/13. Named the 2012 Championship Game MVP after notching four goals and four assists in the title game. Was second in playoff points (17), tied for second in goals (8) and tied for fourth in assists (9). Named a starter for the East Division All-Star team and had six points (2+4). Named to the NLL All-Rookie Team. Captured the NLL Rookie points title. Led the Knighthawks with 28 goals in 2011. Named the Knighthawks Rookie of the Year. Played at Syracuse University (2009 to 2010). In 2010, he was named an Honourable Mention All-American. Scored the OT game-winning goal in the 2009 National Championship Game. Played for Onondaga Community College (OCC) from 2006-07. Inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2016. Named to the OCC Hall of Fame in 2014. Won back-to-back junior college national championships with a combined record of 33-0 in his two seasons (18-0 in 2006 and 15-0 in 2007). From 2010 to 2013, he played for the Iroquois Nationals in the Bowhunter Cup, winning it in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Won a silver medal with the Iroquois team at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. Named the 2011 Transition Player of the tournament and All-World. Won a bronze medal with the Iroquois Nationals at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championship. Named to the Iroquois Nationals for the 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championship. In his junior career, he had 199 goals and 196 assists in 103 regular season games for the Six Nations Arrows. Inaugural winner of the NLL Insider Junior Player of the Year Award in 2008. Was a First Team All-Star (2007-08). In 2008, he won the Bobby Allen Award as the top scorer in Junior “A” lacrosse. He led the league with 101 points and 59 goals in 21 games. Voted MVP of the Minto Cup after leading the Arrows to the 2007 title. Winner of the Tom Longboat Award as Canadian Aboriginal Athlete of the Year. Won four straight Ontario championships (2004-07).
Stay tuned. There will be more before Jamieson “hangs ‘em up.”