Today marks the start of Jeff Shattler Week at LaxAllStars. It’s part of something new we’re doing to emphasize athletes and game growers who help make the sport the special outlet that it is.
Who Is Jeff Shattler?
Jeff Shattler has been a mainstay in the NLL for well over a decade, first entering the league after the Buffalo Bandits selected him No. 10 overall in the 2005 NLL Entry Draft. He played just one game for the Bandits before being shipped to the Calgary Roughnecks in exchange for Kevin Dostie. Shattler spent the next 11 seasons in Calgary, winning an NLL championship in 2009 and an NLL MVP in 2011. In 2017, he signed a deal with the Saskatchewan Rush as a free agent, and in the following year, he achieved the second NLL title of his career.
Shattler has been active outside of the NLL, too. He won the Mann Cup with Brampton Excelsiors in 2008 and has played with the WLA’s Victoria Shamrocks for years, including a Most Outstanding Player recognition from the association in 2013.
Internationally, Shattler has become a fixture for the Iroquois Nationals, appearing in the 2011 and 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships (WILC) for the program and helping them win silver medals at both competitions. In 2015, he was named to the WILC All-World Team for his outstanding transition play.
That isn’t all Jeff Shattler is; he’s also a husband, a father, an Obijwe and Inuit, a snowboarder and more. Most importantly, he’s a human being, and one of the many human beings who have played a part in making the sport of lacrosse special. This week, and in two weeks when we complete the second half of this series, we aim to showcase Shattler for everything that makes him who he is, including, but not limited to, one of the best lacrosse players there is.
Jeff Shattler Week #1
Yes, that’s right: Week #1! With an athlete as dynamic and storied as Jeff Shattler, it’s going to take two weeks to just start uncovering the tip of the iceberg.
Tomorrow, we will publish our first of many in-depth looks into the life and career of Shattler. Including everything from his childhood in Toronto, finding his place in lacrosse, his many accolades in the sport, what motivates him, his family and what keeps him sane, we will illustrate what makes him who he is.
Week #2 begins Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, with looks into his maturation, his love for snowboarding, a check in on his home town and more.
There may just be some contests and other opportunities for free swag, so always check back to see what’s going on.
Strap up, it’s Shattler season. Things might get a little wild.