The Denver Outlaws rookie attackman, Chris Cloutier has been named the MLL's Cascade Rookie of the Week for Week 12. If Cloutier was playing hockey, the Kitchener, Ont. native would be characterized as putting up "Wayne Gretzky numbers." As an NHL rookie, Gretzky put the league on notice with 137 points.
Cloutier has been doing the same since he began his Major League Lacrosse (MLL) career May 19 with a six-goal, two-assist performance against Charlotte. He was named MLL Offensive Player of the Week for Week 5 for his resounding pro debut. The University of North Carolina alumnus who was named Most Oustanding Player of the NCAA Tournament as a sophomore in 2016 after scoring the OT game-winner against Maryland in the championship game, has scored 18 more goals and added 10 assists in his last four games.
On July 4 against Boston, with his former high school coach at The Hill Academy, Brodie Merrill, on defense, the 6-1, 230-pound rookie scored six goals and added three assists. Cloutier's three assists set up third-quarter goals by MLL Offensive Player of the Week for Week 12, Matt Kavanagh, Zach Currier and Eric Law. Five of his six goals came in the fourth quarter. His totals through five games are 24 goals and 12 assists, which leaves him just 13 points shy of Kieran McArdle's rookie record of 49 points in a season set in 2014.