Canadian Dan Dawson has another honour to add to his impressive lacrosse resume.
The Boston Blazers forward from Oakville, Ont., was named the National Lacrosse League's most valuable player for 2009 on Thursday to cap a standout season.
The all-star and eight-year NLL veteran scored 30 goals, set a career-high in assists with 74 and produced his second-highest career point total (104).
His assists tied him with Calgary Roughnecks forward Josh Sanderson for the league record.
Perhaps the most impressive part of Dawson's season was his leadership as team captain of the expansion Blazers and their young roster. Dawson led Boston to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth in the East Division.
The 27-year-old recently captured the league's Sportsmanship Award for 2009.
Dawson plays for three lacrosse teams. He was a member of the Mann Cup-champion Brampton Excelsiors of Ontario's senior amateur league last summer, and he's on the roster for the Toronto Nationals pro field season that begins Friday night in Washington.