Tri-City lacrosse star wins NLL championship as rookie
The former Centaur and Adanac lacrosse player was a trusted starter throughout the playoffs and helped Colorado Mammoth win its second championship in franchise history.
How many times does the first season of a professional athlete at the highest sporting level end with a trophy in his hands.
We might not argue too much, but that’s what happened to Jalen Chaster finishing a year he’s sure not to forget.
The Coquitlam rookie put everything he had on the floor to help Colorado Mammoth claim the 2022 National Lacrosse League (NLL) championship last Saturday (June 18) in a 10-8 win over the Bandits from Buffalo.
The Mammoth won the final best-of-three, 2-1, and had to rally from an 0-1 start to ultimately claim their second title in team history – their first since 2006.
Chaster had four points, including three assists, in seven playoff games en route to winning the NLL Cup.
The 22-year-old scored his first career goal after the season in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, which ended up being the insurance scorer Colorado needed to defeat the San Diego Seals 2- 1 in the series.
The transition player also recovered 13 stray balls and caused two turnovers in the playoffs, both in Game 2 of the Finals.
Chaster made his name known throughout his first professional season and recorded several memories along the way.
In fact, his first career NLL points were tallied not far from home on the floor of Rogers Arena in front of family and friends.
The 2017 Centennial Secondary grad scored a goal and added an assist in Colorado’s 18-15 win over Vancouver on Jan. 7.
That would lead to five points (two goals and three assists) in Chaster’s 16-game rookie campaign, helping the Mammoth claim third place in the Western Conference with a 10-8 regular season record.
He picked up four loose balls and caused a turnover in his professional debut on December 11, 2021 at Denver’s Ball Arena.
Chaster was taken by the Mammoth in the second round, 31st overall in the 2020 NLL Entry Draft.
He is also owned by the Coquitlam Adanacs of the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA), who he is likely to join for the remainder of their 2022 season and currently sits in second place with a 5-2-0-1 record.
Chaster was drafted to the senior team in 2021 after registering three goals and 12 assists in 21 games for the Jr. Adanacs in 2019 – the last time the leagues were able to compete after the 2020 season was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information on the Adanacs’ season, you can visit the team’s website.
Coquitlam will play a home and away series this weekend against the Burnaby Lakers beginning Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Bill Copeland Arena.
They return to the Palace sur Poirier, the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex, on Saturday, June 25 at 7 p.m.