Tyson Bell was drafted No. 24 overall in the second round of the 2015 NLL Draft by the Calgary Roughnecks after spending two years at Onondaga Community College. He played for the Roughnecks for five seasons, winning the 2019 NLL Championship with the team, before being dealt to the Halifax Thunderbirds last summer. This is his player profile.
Tyson Bell Player Profile
Tyson Bell was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, and played Junior A lacrosse for the local St. Catharines Athletics from 2009 to 2012. While playing at Everest Academy, he fielded many offers from colleges across divisions, including Syracuse, Towson, Detroit Mercy and more, but grades limited his options. Ultimately, Bell chose Onondaga Community College, where he would thrive.
In his two seasons at OCC, the Lazers didn’t lose a game, going 35-0 and winning back-to-back NJCAA national championships in 2014 and 2015, the sixth and seventh of seven-consecutive titles the program claimed. Bell played in all 35 games, starting in all 18 his sophomore season, and tallied 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points, plus 64 ground balls, in his tenure.
Bell declared for the NLL Draft in 2015 and went in the second round to the Calgary Roughnecks. He made an immediate impact as a rookie, playing in 17 games and putting up three goals and nine points. His role in the team would only grow, with the exclamation point coming in 2019 when Bell helped take the team to the league’s mountaintop, riding the No. 3 seed in the West all the way to a 2-0 series triumph over the Buffalo Bandits for the championship on an overtime victory in Game 2, 14-13.
In September, the Roughnecks traded Bell to the Halifax Thunderbirds in exchange for the No. 14 and No. 20 overall picks in the 2020 NLL Draft, ending the player’s five seasons in Calgary. In 72 games, Bell scored 17 goals and dishes 31 assists to total 48 points and scooped 411 loose balls. He will continue his NLL career in Halifax with one of the league’s newest debutants, surely forcing future adds to the Tyson Bell player profile.