He’s coming off one of the best summer seasons by a goaltender in years, but it was the games with the Toronto Rock to end the 2012 National Lacrosse League season that really helped Nick Rose regain his confidence. Rose was traded to the Rock late in the NLL season from the Calgary Roughnecks after Toronto brass needed to shake things up, and he immediately flourished in his first gig as a full-on starter. He’s been bred to succeed, growing up in the Orangeville Northmen minor system, giving him a mental edge knowing he’s been playing with some of the best his entire life in one of the best-run systems out there.
Rose exudes confidence, remaining calm and collected between the pipes, seemingly never phased whether he’s scored on or gets run. He plays his angles very well and has been known to make some pretty amazing saves that he has no reason to make. As the kids say, “he’ a ‘beauty’”. Spend a few minutes talking with ‘Rosey’ and you’ll begin to appreciate his upbringing, his background and his love for the game.
Much of that is all in this week’s OTCB podcast brought you by IL Indoor.
Growing up as a young Hornhead, Rose was a bit of a rink-rat–benefiting from his father Tony Rose being the manager of the “Bunny Barn” in Orangeville allowing the younger Rose to constantly be around the teams and players, learning from some of the game’s best. It was those early experiences that gave him the itch to continue playing the game and always striving to be the best by putting in the work. One of the best things to come out of those days in the Silver and Black was the life long friendships and stories that he has compiled. From Minto Cup wins, to heartbreaking loses, Alumni golf tournaments and hockey games, to charity events for former Northmen Chris Sanderson and Kyle Miller- the Northmen Alumni could be the best Alumni group in all of lacrosse.
That family mentality is a large part of Rose’s personality and it’s immortalized on his new helmet, his first personalized painted one that’s had some real meaning. One side is a picture of his father Tony in an old school Orangeville uni shooting on his son in a Toronto Rock net and on the other side, a tribute to fallen alumni Ryan and Chris Sanderson. Classy. Also, if you haven’t already, check out Evan Kirk’s new bucket for the Swarm; the goalie-union is strong.
We all know goalies are a different breed; they have to be to let guys like John Grant, Paul Rabil, Kaleb Toth fire rubber cannons at them repeatedly–but often times, when you peel away the layers, take off the pads, and get to the depths of the man behind the mask, you find an amazing person, with true values, a heart of gold and a killer afro!
Also, Stephen Stamp informed you of Kyle Sorensen’s Push Page, well Nick Rose may have been the first NLL player to start this new social media trend.Teddy Jenner is one the leading sources for lacrosse information. He comes by his love of lax honestly with a lifetime of experience, two Mann Cup championships and six years of play in the NLL. Email him at email@example.com, follow him on Twitter @OffTheCrosseBar or catch him on Team 1410 radio in Vancouver, B.C., as the host and producer of the Off the Crosse-Bar Radio Show In 2012, he was awarded the BCLA's Norm Wright Merit Award- handed out to a member of the media deemed to have have contributed to the promotion of lacrosse.
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