CALGARY, AB – The National Lacrosse League named John Bean, Calgary Roughnecks Governor and Chief Operating Officer of the Calgary Sports & Entertainment Corporation, the Executive of the Year at the 2014 NLL Season Awards Ceremony held Sunday evening at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ontario.
“On behalf of the Calgary Roughnecks, I am honoured to receive this award in recognition of our accomplishments last season,” said Bean. “I am privileged to work with an immensely talented team who is dedicated to growing the sport of lacrosse and providing our community with a phenomenal in-game experience. We are excited about the future of the Roughnecks and look forward to the upcoming season.”
Bean led a skilled team of ticketing, sponsorship and in-game promotion to drive significantly improved results in the 2014 NLL season. As a member of the NLL Board of Governors, Bean continues to assist the league and all its partners by focusing the NLL and its member teams on the current financial model. In addition, Bean serves as a member and chairman of the NLL Audit Finance Committee.
Bean was an instrumental member of the rebuild effort at the Scotiabank Saddledome and oversaw the reconstruction of the entire event level following the devastating Alberta floods of 2013. This vast undertaking was finished in just 65 days while a project of this scope and magnitude normally takes three or four times that to complete.
Roughnecks forward Shawn Evans, the 2013 NLL MVP, was named to the NLL All-Pro First Team while teammates Curtis Dickson and Dane Dobbie were named to the All-Pro Second Team. Evans led the Roughnecks with 105 points, including 79 assists, in 18 games last season, while Dobbie registered 90 points (51 goals, 39 assists) and Dickson tallied 44 goals along with 28 assists. Transition player Karsen Leung, selected by Calgary in the second round, 10th overall, in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft, was named to the All-Rookie Team. Leung finished sixth among league rookies, recording 11 goals and 18 assists in his NLL debut season.
The Roughnecks also had finalists in two other categories: General Manager of the Year (Mike Board) and Head Coach of the Year (Curt Malawsky).
For a complete list of the 2014 NLL award recipients, visit NLL.com.