Friday, December 28, 2012
9 Teams In 9 Days: Toronto Rock
By Avry Lewis-McDougall
The 2012 off season for the Toronto Rock has brought along a season of change, the club now thanks to owner ,Jamie Dawick, have a beautiful new training facility in Oakville and has been given what appears to be the keys to what could be another great season for the six time NLL champs.
In the draft, the Rock added a top prospect in the form of 20 year old defenceman Bradley Kri this year. Kri was apart of the Minto Cup winning Orangeville Northmen and already has some accolades under him. In 2011 he was named the Ontario Junior B League's Eastern division Defender of the year.
Toronto, brought back their long time captain and their all time leading scorer Colin Doyle (898 career points) for another season. Doyle who's been with the club going back to their time in Hamilton as the Ontario Raiders had a 29 goal season last year and at 36 still shows no sign of slowing down as the heart and soul of this club.
Leading scorer, Garrett Billings was also resigned to the squad to a one year deal. Billings had a 114 point campaign and further solidified himself as one of the NLL's premier snipers last season and finished second to Colorado's John Grant Jr in NLL MVP voting.
In the playoffs Billings also had 12 points before the club fell in the Rochester Knighthawks in the Eastern division final.
The Rock this year did lose one of it's leaders in the form Dan Carey who called it a career during the preseason after trying to comeback after missing the end last season due to concussion problems.
Scott Evans will now be in red, white and blue as he signed a one year deal after spending last year with the Edmonton Rush where he was a key cog in the team's run to the Champion's Cup last year while having a season of 24 goals, 23 assists for 47 points.
Troy Cordingly's bunch in 2012 were solid on the road going 6-2 but struggled to get wins at home in the Air Canada Centre with a record of 3-5, something that will have to change this season.
What will be interesting to see this year is the goaltending going into the season. Nick Rose will be back between the pipes this year as the #1 goalie it will appear after splitting starts in 2012 with Matt Roik (who Toronto brought in to be the main guy and lasted about as long as fine china in front of Ron Artest) and the now retired Pat Campbell. Rose went 6-2 in the regular season last year on route to the post season.