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Toronto Rock, Garrett Billings team with RBC Royal Bank to conduct 4 clinics

RBC Royal Bank and the Toronto Rock are pleased to announce a partnership on a new initiative to help grow the game of lacrosse and get more youth involved in Canada’s National Summer Sport. RBC Play Lacrosse presented by the Toronto Rock will kick off this summer with four clinics in the Greater Toronto Area. Toronto Rock star Garrett Billings will lead the clinics as participants will be taught about the rich history of the game of lacrosse as well as learning the basic skills of the sport. The program will be a fun and enjoyable experience for all youth enrolled in the clinics. READ MORE »


Toronto Rock owner Jamie Dawick again in pursuit of top poker prize

Toronto Rock owner Jamie Dawick is at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. (Photo: Toronto Rock)
Toronto Rock owner Jamie Dawick is at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. (Photo: Toronto Rock)

Toronto Rock Owner and President Jamie Dawick will once again pursue the poker world’s biggest prize this weekend as the 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event gets underway in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dawick will enter this year’s Main Event by playing on Day 1B on Sunday, July 6. Last year, Dawick made it to Day 4 and finished in 428th spot earning $28,063 making it his second best finish at the WSOP Main Event. “I’m looking to build off what I accomplished last year,” said Dawick of his run to the money. READ MORE »


Toronto Rock re-sign GM Terry Sanderson for two more years

Terry Sanderson (right) at the draft table for the Toronto Rock.
Terry Sanderson (right) at the draft table for the Toronto Rock.

Toronto Rock Owner and President Jamie Dawick has announced the signing of General Manager Terry Sanderson to a two-year contract extension that will run through the 2016 season.

“I’m really happy and excited to have ‘T’ back on board as General Manager with this 2-year extension,” said Dawick.  “I look forward to building on our recent successes as we work our way towards another championship.”

Sanderson took over as GM following the 2009 season.  At that time, Dawick had just purchased the Rock and Sanderson was coming off his second NLL Champion’s Cup win on the bench as an assistant coach with the Calgary Roughnecks.  His first title came in 2005 with the Rock when he was both the GM and Head Coach. READ MORE »


Video: Rock GM Sanderson recaps season

The 2014 National Lacrosse League season came to another disappointing end for the Toronto Rock. And now that he’s had some time to digest the season, General Manager Terry Sanderson stepped back to assess the damage. “We don’t have much problem putting the ball in the net,” he said. “It seems to be defending, and some of the easier stuff, that I don’t understand, that we allow some of those things to happen on the floor. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher.” READ MORE »


Toronto Rock’s Garrett Billings has surgery on torn ACL, plus the links

Rock forward Garrett Billings had successful surgery Monday on the knee he injured on this play on April 5. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Rock forward Garrett Billings had successful surgery Monday on the knee he injured on this play on April 5. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Toronto Rock forward Garrett Billings underwent successful knee surgery on Monday to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. Billings was on his way to his first National Lacrosse League scoring title when he injured his knee in the second quarter of Toronto’s game in Vancouver on April 5. Before leaving the game, the fifth-year forward from Langley, B.C., had accumulated 6 points and surpassed the 100-point plateau for the third consecutive season, establishing a league record. “I am feeling pretty normal now but it was pretty rough right after the surgery,” Billings told TorontoRock.com after the surgery. READ MORE »


Video: Leblanc throws first pitch

Stephan Leblanc prepares for his big pitch.
Stephan Leblanc prepares for his big pitch.

Stephan Leblanc does a lot of great things on the lacrosse floor. He’s one of the National Lacrosse League’s great scorers and he’s been remarkably consistent throughout his short career with the Toronto Rock. But when it comes to baseball, well … let’s just say he’d need a big strike zone. We’re not picking on Leblanc and his ceremonial first pitch that he offered earlier this week at a Toronto Blue Jays game, but we figure his lacrosse career won’t be threatened by a baseball career anytime soon. Watch the pitch via the link but remember this: He’s done something most of us will never do, and that’s throw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game. And that’s something that can’t be taken away from him. Good on you, Mr. Leblanc.


Evans’ overtime winner sends Roughnecks to win over Mammoth, Bandits get back to winning

Shawn Evans scored the overtime winner to send Calgary on to the West final. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Shawn Evans scored the overtime winner to send Calgary on to the West final. (Photo: Brad Watson)

The Calgary Roughnecks and Buffalo Bandits are moving on to the division finals in the National Lacrosse League playoffs after they each secured opening-round wins in a pair of high-scoring games Saturday night. Calgary had to go to overtime then scored on their first shot once they got there. Shawn Evans spun off a check and ripped home an outside shot at 1:23 of the extra frame to send the Roughnecks on to the West Division final series against the Edmonton Rush starting next weekend in Calgary with a 16-15 win over the Colorado Mammoth. In Toronto, the Bandits ended the eight-game losing streak on which they wrapped up the regular season, downing the Rock 15-13 behind a 7-goal, 3-assist night from Ryan Benesch. They move on to face the Rochester Knighthawks in the East Division final starting in Buffalo next weekend. READ MORE »


Toronto Rock aren’t about to take Buffalo Bandits lightly in playoff matchup

Colin Doyle, right, says the Rock are prepared for tonight's playoff opener vs. Buffalo. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Colin Doyle, right, says the Rock are prepared for tonight's playoff opener vs. Buffalo. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

The Toronto Rock know better. And on the off chance that anyone on the team does not, Colin Doyle is quick with the reminder. It’s one of the reasons he’s team captain. “In a one-game take-all, you have to prepare as if you’re playing the best team in the league,” Doyle told the Toronto Star of tonight’s National Lacrosse League game against the Buffalo Bandits. Let’s not underestimate these guys. We know they’re capable of beating anybody on any given night.” And yes, Doyle and the Rock are well aware of the 8-game skid Buffalo’s riding into town, but all it takes is 1 win to end that skid and if that win comes tonight, it ends Toronto’s season. Besides, it’s not as though the Rock can’t empathize. It wasn’t that long ago they were mired in a slump, having lost 7 of 10 in one stretch. “We haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be in their position,” said Doyle. “We’ve got to stay focused and stay hungry.”


NLL Divisional Semi-Finals Staff Picks

Ready. Set. Go! Calgary Roughnecks host Colorado Mammoth in West Division Semi-Final Saturday. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Ready. Set. Go! Calgary Roughnecks host Colorado Mammoth in West Division Semi-Final Saturday. (Photo: Brad Watson)

There are no strangers as the National Lacrosse League divisional semifinals kick off on Saturday evening. In the West Division Colorado and Calgary have met three times in the 2014 regular season, the Mammoth with two overtime wins. In the East Division Buffalo and Toronto have also faced off three times this year, the Bandits taking the first two.

Even with regular season records not in their favour, the Roughnecks and Rock are favourites among the ILIndoor staff to move onto the Division Finals. With their recent divisional semi-finals records, how can you choose against them?
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Hellyer and Schuss named April’s NLL Players of the Month

Toronto's Rob Hellyer is Player of the Month while Minnesota's Logan Schuss nabs his third consecutive Rookie of the Month honours. (Photo: TorontoRock.com/Larry Palumbo)
Toronto's Rob Hellyer is Player of the Month while Minnesota's Logan Schuss nabs his third consecutive Rookie of the Month honours. (Photo: TorontoRock.com/Larry Palumbo)

For the third consecutive month, the National Lacrosse League has chosen a member of the Toronto Rock as Player of the Month and Minnesota Swarm’s Logan Schuss as Rookie of the Month. Toronto Rock forward Rob Hellyer recorded 31 points (8G, 23A, 32 LB, 1FT) in April which is more than his last three seasons combined. The Ontario native, chosen in the by the Rock in the third round of the 2010 Entry Draft ranks ninth in the NLL with 50 assists and 11th overall ending the regular season with 79 points. Recently selected first overall in the 2014 Major Series Lacrosse Entry Draft, Hellyer had seven or more points each game in April with his single game high on April 5th against the Vancouver Stealth where he posted 12 points (3G, 9A, 7LB) in the Rock’s first win in their 4-0 April. READ MORE »