The defending champion Toronto Rock are coming off another championship season. Picked by most experts as the favorite to win it all again, the champs surprise everyone with a 2-4 start to the new season. What happens next? The coaching staff is fired.
No, Iâ€™m not talking about Terry Sanderson and the 2006 Toronto Rock. Iâ€™m talking about coach Ed Comeau and GM Derek Keenan of the â€™04 Toronto Rock. Actually, I should say interim coach Comeau and interim GM Keenan.
Shortly before the 2004 season, Les Bartley, the winningest coach in professional lacrosse, was diagnosed with colon cancer. Bartley handed the reins over to longtime assistants Comeau and Keenan so he could battle the disease that eventually took his life in May of â€™05.