Chrome LC captain Jordan MacIntosh announces retirement
By Nick Zoroya | Oct 20, 2023
Chrome LC midfielder and captain, Jordan MacIntosh, has announced his retirement from the Premier Lacrosse League. The 12-year veteran ends his career with 121 games played and 246 points.
A native of Oakville, Ontario, MacIntosh spent two years at Gordon College before taking his talents to Division III powerhouse RIT. During his two seasons at RIT he notched 128 points in 36 games, along with 130 ground balls and 117 faceoff wins.
His versatility as a midfielder made him a valuable addition to the Rochester Rattlers organization where he made his professional debut in 2012. MacIntosh spent his entire MLL career with the Rattlers before joining the Chrome LC in the PLL for his final five seasons.
Throughout his career MacIntosh has been known as a star player, earning All-Star appearances in 2013 and 2015. His impact on the field will be missed but his presence in the locker room will leave a void that won't easily be filled. A multi-time captain, MacIntosh won the Brendan Looney Leadership Award in 2022. He was pivotal in helping the Chrome adopt the Rochester Rattlers culture of team-first egoless lacrosse, a culture that stands firm to this day.
MacIntosh’s career has left a major impression on his current and former teammates:
I have had the fortune to play with some of the best players and teammates in the world. Jordan was unequivocally the most professional teammate I ever got to share a locker room with. His approach, consistency, level-headedness, and poise made us better every chance we were together. While his play speaks for itself, it was how he led that always amazed me. On the field, his work ethic behind the scenes is one of his greatest attributes, and it led to a sustained career that most only dream about. While his field career may be coming to an end, his relationship with his teammates has only gotten stronger. I am lucky to call him one of my best friends, and I look forward to us getting old and watching our daughters grow up together. I know Emersyn and I will be calling Jordan for fashion tips for years to come!
It is hard to articulate the impact Jordan Macintosh has had on my life and the game of lacrosse. On the field, Mac is the ultimate pro. I have never been around someone who has more passion for lacrosse and competes harder than he does. He loves the game more than anyone I have ever been around and this drive, along with his leadership skills, catalyzed every locker room he was a part of. There was no question, Mac was the leader of the team and he got the absolute most out of his teammates. Jordan is also a winner in every sense of the word. He has won at every level of the sport; college, outdoor, indoor, and international, which is a testament to the player and person he is. He and I had a special relationship on the field but off the field, he is someone I have always looked up to since becoming his teammate in 2014. He is someone I turn to for all of life’s challenges and will continue to for years to come (keep bombarding you with texts on a daily basis). I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to play alongside such an unbelievable teammate and friend. Enjoy retirement and I love you to death.
When I think of a leader, I think of Jordan Macintosh. You can ask anyone who has ever played with or against Mac I’m sure they would say the same thing. Jordan Macintosh is the exact type of player you want to lead your team. He gets the attention of every individual when he speaks, he’s smart, and most importantly he’s a great lacrosse player.
Definitely going to miss Mac on game weekends, from going out to eat at an Italian restaurant the night before every game, getting our pregame meal at Whole Foods, and hearing him tell me how he can beat me at a Faceoff.
Mac welcomed me with open arms when I got drafted to the Chrome and after 5 years I am grateful to call him a friend. He is a great role model to have for both lacrosse and life. Love you Mac, thank you for everything you have done for me and this sport.
Jordan MacIntosh released the following statement:
It’s time. After twelve seasons I have decided to retire from the PLL.
15 years ago the thought of writing this post one day would make me laugh. Playing professional field lacrosse always seemed like a goal too far out of reach. I was very fortunate to have a lot of people in my corner throughout my career that allowed me to continue playing the game I love.
To my teammates. The Ratz were one of the closest teams I ever played for. To this day we are all a part of each other's lives. The Chrome Men, despite some ups and downs have built a great bond and culture that will help propel future success in this league. The locker room is sacred and such an important part of pro sports, I am so lucky to have been a part of some great ones these past 12 years.
To my coaches. Jake Coon, Shawn Wilkins, Jeff McKee, Bill Warder, Jacques Monte and Timmy Soudan. I don’t make it here without these men. My college coaches pushed me, challenged me and ultimately brought the best out of me. Coach Soudo gave me a shot and stuck with me year after year. I owe a lot to each of them.
To my family. My brother, Mom and Dad sacrificed summer after summer driving me all over to play this game. To this day they are my biggest supporters and the first call I get after a game. Emily, my rock at home. The life of a professional lacrosse player can be difficult on a spouse. I cannot thank you enough for your selfless support and encouragement to continue living out my dream. Vivian, my baby girl. Thank you for reminding me that no matter how a game went I can always count on you cheering me up when I get home.
It’s been an incredible ride filled with amazing memories.