Nick Chaykowsky in Major League Lacrosse with Chesapeake Bayhawks
[PHOTO: Cover - Marika Guerin, McGill Athletics, Above - Inside Lacrosse]
In 2015, with two years of junior and a season of collegiate lacrosse under his belt, Nick Chaykowsky (Bradford, ON) represented Canada playing for C-Lax at the inaugural IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship, which at the time was known as the U-19 World Lacrosse Challenge.
Leading up to that same summer, Chaykowsky completed his freshmen year at Nipissing University where he received All-Canada Honourable Mention for the 2014 CUFLA season. During the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse Season he played his best statistical season of Junior A lacrosse with the Barrie Lakeshores which lead to him ultimately being named to the Canada C-Lax Roster.
During the World Juniors he provided leadership at both ends of the floor, powering his Canada C-Lax team to a head-to-head battle with Canada West. While C-Lax and Chaykowsky did not win gold, he walked away with a silver medal and priceless experience on the international stage that would add to the depth of his character proving to be valuable in the next chapter of his lacrosse career.
OJALL & BCJALL REGULAR SEASON
A consistent presence on floor throughout his junior career, Chaykowsky flourished on the collegiate field. Heading into his sophomore year in the Fall of 2015, hot off the emotional World Junior Gold Medal loss, Chaykowsky launched his lacrosse career to new heights. He was named First Team All-Canadian Midfield in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and again in 2019. Additionally, Chaykowsky won the 2016 CUFLA East Scoring Champion title, was named 2018 Outstanding Midfielder, culminating with the 2019 CUFLA MVP award. In 2019 Chaykowsky was also named to the All-Baggataway Cup team after leading Trent University to the championship game, only to lose to the University of Western Ontario by a final score of 8-5.
CUFLA REGULAR SEASON
Academically, Chaykowsky studied at Nipissing University for a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education/Fitness, with a Minor in Chemistry and then went on to Trent University to study for a Bachelor of Arts in Education - Senior/Intermediate.
In six (6) Baggataway Cup game appearances, one (1) with Nipissing and five (5) with Trent, Chaykowsky scored 10 Goals and collected 9 Assists for 19 Points. Now as a professional lacrosse player, Chaykowsky combines his 6'4", 207lbs frame and athleticism to anchor the defence and provide transition for the New England Blackwolves of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
[VIDEO: Chaykowsky used his athleticism to be an offensive-force while playing in the Canadian University Field Lacrosse League (CUFLA). Above Chaykowsky scores a beautiful backhand goal against McGill]
In the 2017-2018 NLL Draft Chaykowsky was selected 17th Overall in the 2nd Round by the New England Blackwolves. In three seasons with the Blackwolves Chaykowsky has played 35 Games and recorded 6 Goals, 15 Assists, and 123 Loose Balls as a defender.
Continuing his field lacrosse career, Chaykowsky was selected by the Chesapeake Bayhawks on March 3, 2020 in the 2020 MLL Supplemental Draft. To combat COVID-19 and the on-going global pandemic, the MLL as modified their 2020 Regular Season and Playoffs into a shortened season tournament-style format. The tournament began on July 18th and will be played entirely in the city of Annapolis, Maryland. The season will be one-week long and will host all six MLL teams. The week will conclude with a final-four playoff, crowning the 2020 MLL champion the weekend of July 25-26.
You can watch Nick Chaykowsky and the Chesapeake Bayhawks take on the Denver Outlaws tonight at 7:00PM ET on TSN Direct.