“I still love the game of lacrosse. I’ll just have to enjoy it as a fan.”–Dan Carey

Dan Carey
Dan Carey

It came as a surprise when the Toronto Rock released their roster for the 2013 season on Thursday and included in the press release was the news that Dan Carey had retired. Carey missed the end of last season with the latest in a string of concussions in his career but he was planning on returning to the floor for the 2013 National Lacrosse League season. He had even told Peterborough Junior Lakers Head Coach Mat Giles that he wouldn’t be returning to his position as offensive coach with the team. Carey intended to return to the Senior Lakers lineup next summer and felt he wouldn’t be able to do both. All his plans to play came to a crashing halt after his Rock team physical. “The team doctors told me they didn’t think I should play anymore and they weren’t going to clear me to play,” Carey told the Peterborough Examiner.

Carey scored 103 goals and 261 points in 72 NLL games. He played in the NLL All-Star Game each of his first three seasons in the league. He had quite the two-year stretch in ‘06/’07. He began 2006 as an NLL rookie and helped the Mammoth win the Champions Cup. That summer he was MVP of the Mann Cup, the second of three he won with the Lakers. 2007 was even better. Carey scored career highs of 32 goals and 76 points for Colorado, won a gold medal with Canada at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships and helped Peterborough to another Mann Cup title.

The small but highly skilled left forward finished in the top 10 in Major Series Lacrosse scoring in the last four of his five full seasons in the league. His MSL career totals are 120-163-283 in 88 regular season games and 84-111-195 in 74 playoff games.

Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at stamplax@hotmail.com.

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