Rochester Knighthawks General Manager and Vice President of Lacrosse Operations Dan Carey announced today that the team has re-signed goaltender Rylan Hartley to a two-year contract, pending league approval.
Acquired by Rochester in the third round of the 2019 NLL Expansion Draft, Hartley completed his third season with the Knighthawks in 2022-23, showing a 10-7 record and 713 saves while starting all 18 regular-season games. In addition to helping the club to its first-ever playoff berth, he was named the team’s Unsung Hero and earned Player of the Week honors in Week 2.
Hartley, 25, finished third among all NLL goaltenders in minutes (1,049) and saves (713) while his 10 wins tied for fourth in 2022-23. He set the franchise’s single-game saves record with career-high 55 saves on March 4 at Toronto and posted a personal-best six-game win streak from Dec. 3 to Jan. 20. Offensively, he also holds the single-season franchise marks for assists (3), points (3) and loose balls (32) by a goaltender.
In 33 career NLL games, all with Rochester, the Orangeville, Ontario native has compiled a 13-16 record and 1,205 saves since the start of the 2019-20 campaign.
Originally a second-round selection (15th overall) of the San Diego Seals in 2018, Hartley spent five summers with the Junior “A” Orangeville Northmen. In 43 games with the team, Hartley posted a 22-15-2 record to go along with a 7.09 goals-against average and a .795 save percentage. In 2019, he backstopped the Northmen to a Minto Cup title after leading all netminders in wins (16) and saves (550) while ranking third with a 6.15 goals-against average.
In 2018, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound netminder led the league in wins (12), goals-against average (6.63), saves (585) and save percentage (.817) en route to earning the Dennis McIntosh Award as the League’s MVP.