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Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks logo 2019.svg
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
Based inRochester, New York
ArenaBlue Cross Arena
ColorsArmy Green, Gold, Black
OwnerPegula Sports and Entertainment
Head coachMike Hasen
General managerDan Carey
Local mediaWHAM-DT2, WNBL, WHTK

The Rochester Knighthawks (also known as the K-Hawks) are a professional box lacrosse team in the North Division of the National Lacrosse League. They play in Rochester, New York at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.

The Knighthawks are owned by Pegula Sports and Entertainment who purchased the intellectual property of the team from former owner Curt Styres who moved the previous version of the team to Halifax, Nova Scotia as the Halifax Thunderbirds at the end of the 2018–2019 season. As an expansion team they are not a continuation of the previous Knighthawks.[1] All records and championships were transferred to Halifax.


The original Knighthawks played in Rochester from 1995 until 2019. They began as members of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League from 1995 to 1997 then became members of the NLL beginning with the league's inaugural 1998 season.[citation needed]

The Knighthawks reached the playoffs in each of their first 13 seasons, from 1995 to 2007. This is a league record going back to the league's original creation, the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League. The previous record was 11 straight years, held by the Philadelphia Wings. They were also the first NLL team to win three consecutive championships (2012–14).[citation needed]

On September 13, 2018, owner Curt Styres announced that he would be accepting a new team in Halifax, Nova Scotia and would be relocating the Knighthawks' to the city for the winter 2019–2020 season. The Knighthawks intellectual property was sold to Terry and Kim Pegula (the latter of whom was raised in the Rochester suburbs) along with an expansion franchise to ensure Rochester's uninterrupted presence in the league.[2] The original name was used, but the color scheme and logo changed. The team logo, colors, and other officials were announced on May 29, 2019 in an event at Blue Cross Arena.[3] The new franchise does not count as a continuation of the previous franchise. All championships and records were transferred to Halifax.[citation needed]

On June 27, 2019, the Knighthawks named Mike Hasen who had coached the original Knighthawks since 2011 as head coach and Pat O'Toole as assistant coach.[4]

Current roster

Active (21-man) roster Inactive roster Coaches
  • 35 Canada Evan Kirk
  • 49 Canada Rylan Hartley
  • 20 Canada Matthew Bennett
  •  2 Canada Paul Dawson (C)
  •  3 Canada Thomas Whitty
  • 18 Canada Julian Garritano
  • 11 Canada Darryl Robertson
  • 34 Israel Doug Utting
  • 16 Canada Phil Caputo
  • 19 Canada Holden Cattoni
  • 41 Canada Mark Cockerton
  •  5 Canada Turner Evans
  •  9 Canada Curtis Knight (A)
  • 14 Canada Dan Lintner
  • 23 Canada Dan Michel
  • 83 Iroquois Frank Brown
  • 96 Canada Cory Highfield
  • 17 Canada Ryland Rees
  • 26 Canada Thomas Whitty
Practice Squad
  • 29 Canada Tyler Biles (T)
  • 21 Canada Adam Perroni (T)
  • 72 Canada Dustyn Pratt (D)
Injured Reserve
  • 91 Canada Travis Burton (D)
  • 75 Canada Jay Thorimbert (D)
  • 45 Canada Chris Willman (T)
Unable to play
  •  6 Canada Zac Reid (T)
Head Coach
  • Mike Hasen
Assistant Coaches

  • * Suspended list
  • (C) Captain
  • (A) Alternate captain

Roster updated 2019-09-18
NLL Transactions

All-time record

Season Division W-L Finish PCT Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
2020 North 2–10 4th .167 2–3 0–7 115 165 Mike Hasen No Playoffs Held
2022 Eastern 4-14 8th .222 2-7 2-7 184 221 Mike Hasen Did Not Qualify
Total 2 Seasons 6–24 .200 4–10 2–14 299 386
Playoff Total 0 Appearances 0–0 .000 0–0 0–0 0 0 0 Championships

Head coaching history

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
1 Mike Hasen 2020– 30 6 24 .200 0 0 0 .000

Draft history

NLL Entry Draft

First Round Selections


  1. ^ "Knighthawks Unveil New Logo Ahead of Expansion Season". 30 May 2019. Archived from the original on 28 February 2021. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  2. ^ "NLL Approves Rochester expansion team using Knighthawks brand – NLL". 13 September 2018. Archived from the original on 14 August 2021. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  3. ^ "NLL's Rochester Knighthawks Announce Logo & Staff – NLL". 30 May 2019. Archived from the original on 25 February 2021. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  4. ^ "KNIGHTHAWKS NAME MIKE HASEN HEAD COACH :: Rochester Knighthawks". 29 May 2019. Archived from the original on 11 December 2021. Retrieved 11 December 2021.