Toronto Rock General Manager Terry Sanderson has announced the signing of veteran forward Josh Sanderson to a one-year contract covering the 2013 NLL season.
In July, the Rock placed the franchise tag on the NLLâ€™s 5th all-time leading scorer meaning he would not become an unrestricted free agent on August 1st. Â The Rock placed the second of their two franchise player tags on Captain Colin Doyle.
â€œIâ€™m really excited to be back in Toronto,â€ said Josh Sanderson. â€œThe goal is to win a championship and I want to do that for the best organization in the league.â€
2013 will be Sandersonâ€™s 16th NLL season and 6th season in Toronto where he has amassed 399 career regular season points in 73 games over his five previous campaigns in a Rock uniform. Â Sanderson has played for Rochester, Albany, San Jose, Calgary and Boston in addition to his pair of stops in Toronto. Â The Rock re-acquired the 35-year old Orangeville, ON native in September of 2011 from the Minnesota Swarm who had just selected Sanderson in the Boston dispersal draft.
In Sandersonâ€™s first tour of duty with the Rock, he captured the Championâ€™s Cup in 2005 as Toronto defeated Arizona for the franchiseâ€™s 5th NLL title. Â Sanderson later won another league championship with the Calgary Roughnecks in 2009.
â€œI really thought we were coming together at the end of the year,â€ said Josh Sanderson speaking of the Rockâ€™s 2012 season. Â â€œI want to take a run at a title with this group. We were really playing well at the end of last season and Iâ€™m excited about the opportunity that lies ahead this year.â€
The Toronto Rock open the home portion of their 2013 NLL schedule on Saturday, January 19th at Air Canada Centre when they host the Philadelphia Wings. Â For the full 2013 Rock schedule and ticket information, please visitÂ www.torontorock.com.