The Colorado Mammoth awarded Robert Hope the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year with the Dave Stilley Award.
Hope, a fifth-year Mammoth defenseman and the team’s assistant captain, is now a three-time Dave Stilley Award recipient (2016, 2018-19), making him the first Mammoth player to win a team award three times.
In the 2018-19 regular season, and for the second-straight year, 27-year-old Hope led the team in loose ball recovery (138). The Peterborough, ON native opened the season on a high note by scooping up 15 loose balls in the Mammoth's home opener against the San Diego Seals, beating his single-game record by one loose ball.
For those who have followed Hope’s NLL career, the numbers above are impressive but not surprising. After all, Hope has scooped up at least 120 loose balls in each of the last four seasons and has had at least three games of double-digit loose balls in each of the last four seasons, as well.
Arguably, if any one word best describes the perennial Mammoth Defensive Player of the Year, it’s “consistent”.