Forget everything else he’s done. Colin Doyle is big-time now. The Toronto Rock will honor their captain and all-time leading scorer on Friday, February 15 on Bachly Construction Colin Doyle bobblehead night. The first 5,000 fans through the gate at Air Canada Centre will receive one of the collectibles. “The chance to honour our captain and the face of this franchise with a limited edition collectible like this is something I know our fans will truly appreciate and value,” Rock Owner and President Jamie Dawick told the team’s website. As for Doyle, he’s down with it too. But not as much as his kids are, and can you blame ‘em? It’s not every dad who has a bobblehead doll of themselves to share with the kiddos. “It is a little hard to believe, but really special,” said Doyle. “I hope the fans find it as neat as my kids certainly will.”
The bobblehead includes the signature black leg band that Doyle has worn throughout his career. It also has the tattoo on the back of his left calf of a native warrior holding a lacrosse stick, which Doyle proudly says is a tribute to the creators of the game.
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