UNCASVILLE, Conn. (August 11, 2016) – The National Lacrosse League announced today that New England Black Wolves assistant coach and former league star Tracey Kelusky will be inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame in September.
“I never really gave it a lot of thought (being inducted),” Kelusky said Thursday morning. “It was an honor just being on the ballot, and then I got the phone call from the commissioner and I got goose bumps. It was pretty emotional for me. The first thing that came to my mind was my dad, who was my biggest fan. Ironically, today is the third anniversary of his passing. All of the things he taught me growing up, all I could think was how proud he’d be. When you’re looking at it, this is really a glorified team award. I was able to play with some amazing, talented players that played the game the right way, and was taught by some amazing coaches. I’m extremely proud and honored to be added to the list.”
Kelusky spent 14 seasons in the NLL with Columbus, Montreal, Calgary, Buffalo and Philadelphia. The 2001 NLL Rookie of the Year, Kelusky won two Champion’s Cups (2004 and 2009) with Calgary, where he also served as team captain. When he retired following the 2014 season, Kelusky ranked 11th in both goals (383) and points (823) in league history and 13th in games played (195).
An All-Pro honoree in five consecutive seasons from 2001-2005, the forward was the recipient of the NLL Sportsmanship Award in 2007. He closed out his career ranked 10th in NLL career playoff goals with 37 and had 50 or more points in 10 of his 14 NLL seasons.
Following his retirement after spending the 2014 season as a member of the Philadelphia Wings, Kelusky joined the Black Wolves as an assistant coach, a position he has held for the past two seasons. In 2016, Kelusky served as offensive coordinator and helped guide the Black Wolves to a 10-8 record and a run to the East Division Finals.
Kelusky will be joined in the 2016 NLL Hall of Fame class by John Tavares and Josh Sanderson. It was Kelusky’s second year on the ballot, which is voted on by NLL teams, current members of the Hall of Fame and senior members of the league’s media. The trio, which marks the league’s largest member class since 2010, will be enshrined at the NLL Hall of Fame Ceremony on Tuesday, September 27th at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ont.