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San Diego Seals Sign NLL Legend Dan Dawson


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The San Diego Seals announced Tuesday that the team has signed lacrosse legend and 16-year NLL veteran Dan Dawson to a one-year agreement, pending league approval.

“I’m very excited about having the opportunity to play lacrosse in San Diego,” said Dawson. “It’s special to be one of the lucky ones to wear a Seals jersey from day one. Patrick and his staff have done an amazing job assembling a great group of players. I’m looking forward to a very competitive training camp that will set the tone for the season.”

Dawson, 36, ranks second on the NLL all-time leaderboard in games played (269), fourth in assists (828), fourth in points (1308), and fifth in goals (480).

“Dan’s a future Hall of Famer,” said Seals general manager and head coach Patrick Merrill. “He’s one of the best offensive players the NLL has ever seen. He’s big and athletic and has great skill. Dan’s a quality person off the floor and brings championship experience to our inaugural team.”

The 6-6, 220-pound righty is a three-time NLL champion and a seven-time NLL All-Pro selection. Dawson was named the 2014 NLL Champion’s Cup Most Valuable Player, the 2009 NLL Most Valuable Player and the 2009 NLL Sportsmanship award recipient.

Known as the league’s ironman, Dawson played in every regular season game for 12 consecutive years (2003-14) and owns the second-longest consecutive games played streak in NLL history at 215.

Dawson has had success at the international level, winning three gold medals playing for Team Canada.