The National Lacrosse League today released the date for the 2019 ceremonial expansion coin toss along with other details. To read the official release, click here.
The New York Riptide's Lance Basler, assistant general manager and director of lacrosse operations, and the new Rochester Knighthawks' Dan Carey, general manager and vice president of lacrosse operations, will represent their respective teams at a ceremonial coin toss held during halftime of Game 1 of the NLL Finals in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, May 18.
The Riptide, the NLL's 13th franchise, and the Knighthawks, the NLL's 12th Franchise, will each acquire players through the NLL Expansion Draft and the NLL Entry Draft before beginning play in the 2019-2020 season. The ceremonial toss will determine the order of draft selection. The franchise that wins the coin toss will choose either the first player selection during the Expansion Draft or the first player selection at the Entry Draft.
The Expansion Draft will be held in July 2019. Ahead of the draft, current NLL member clubs can protect a total of eleven players, including up to one goalie and ten runners or eleven runners and no goalie. In both scenarios, only five of the protected runners can be offensive players and must be approved by the Commissioner. In addition, no member club shall be required to lose more players than the number of expansion teams entering the Expansion Draft. Clubs are not allowed to protect more players once a current player has been drafted.
In the Entry Draft, to be held in Fall 2019, both expansion teams will have picks in the first round. They will have one additional selection at the end of the Second, Third and Fourth Rounds. Given there are two expansion teams, the order of selection determined from the May 18 coin toss will be reversed in each alternating round at the Entry Draft.
The May 18 ceremonial coin toss will be held at halftime of Game 1 of the 2019 NLL Finals with Commissioner Sakiewicz presiding over the ceremonies. The coin toss will be streamed live on B/R Live, and Fanseat.