Versatile Laker earns breakout season honour
This Fan's Unofficial Burnaby Lakers breakout player of the year did it in a most versatile way.[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="400"] Jackson Decker produced a career-best 0.226 shot percentage for the Burnaby Lakers this season. Garrett James photo[/caption]
Jackson Decker was drafted as a right-handed scoring threat in the 2012 Western Lacrosse Association junior entry draft, but earned this season's Fan's honour as a transition runner from the Burnaby back court.
The 6-1 Port Moody native was moved to the Lakers defensive corps in 2014 and provided consistent back-to-back 11-point seasons in the next two seasons for the Burnaby club.
This year, Decker led all Laker defensive players in team scoring with a career-high seven goals and 11 assists from the back end.
Decker tallied a 0.226 scoring percentage in 2016, the highest shot average of his five-year WLA career. It was also the sixth best-scoring percentage among this season's Laker players.
In his second season as a Laker, Decker scored a career-best 13 goals, including four on the power play, and a total of 29 points. He also added four goals and six points in the playoffs that year.
In junior A ball, Decker was even deadlier, notching 63 goals and 117 total points in just 37 regular season games. He was equally productive in the playoffs, registering 38 goals and 79 points in 23 games in the Jr. A post season.
Decker has spent four seasons in the pro National Lacrosse League, the last three with his current club the Colorado Mammoth.
In his pro indoor lacrosse career, Decker has garnered eight goals, 11 assists and 19 points, while also vacuuming up 42 loose balls.