NLL: Dawson has milestone night but Rock fall to Thunderbirds in OT

January 18, 2022

NLL fans lucky enough to catch a ball out of play go home with a unique souvenir. With no fans in attendance, it was a number of players who went home with souvenirs from Saturday night’s game at FirstOntario Centre. It’s a shame, really, that the building was empty because the Halifax Thunderbirds and Toronto Rock put on a show, a 14-13 Halifax overtime victory. Rock head coach Matt Sawyer…

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NLL: Emotional win for Tucker as Bandits double up Rock

January 12, 2022

Emotional. That’s the best word that comes to mind after Saturday’s contest between the Toronto Rock and Buffalo Bandits. It was the annual “Tucker Out Lymphoma” night in Buffalo, where both teams honored the late Tucker Williams. The son of former Bandit and Rock player Shawn Williams, Tucker lost his battle with Burkitt’s Lymphoma in 2014. Every year the Bandits honour him by wearing special jerseys that are auctioned off…

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Press Release: Toronto Rock will play next home game without fans

January 5, 2022

Oakville, ON – The Toronto Rock announced today that the team plans to play its Saturday, January 15 home game against the Halifax Thunderbirds without fans in attendance at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre, pending final approval from local officials.  This is a result of recent provincial guidelines returning Ontario to a modified Stage 2 of reopening. The team has also shifted Indigenous Heritage Night and their Charity Night fundraising events to…

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NLL: Petterson, Boushy, Hill big contributors in Halifax win over Toronto

December 13, 2021

Clarke Petterson and Chris Boushy came to the rescue for a depleted Halifax Thunderbirds offence, scoring seven points each in an 11-7 victory over the Toronto Rock in Halifax on Friday evening.  The Thunderbirds were without Cody Jamieson and Austin Shanks heading into the game. Then they lost Rhys Duch in the first quarter, who fell awkwardly after being hit. With a shorthanded offence, Clarke Petterson scored six goals and…

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NLL: Dawson moves up in history books as Rock down FireWolves at FirstOntario Centre

December 8, 2021

It was a special night in Hamilton as the Toronto Rock transitioned from Scotiabank Arena to FirstOntario Centre on December 4th. Tom Schreiber scored four goals, the Rock scored five times on the powerplay, and Dan Dawson moved up the history books as the Rock downed the Albany FireWolves 10-9. Albany committed two substitution penalties in the first quarter, the first resulting in a two-man advantage for the Rock. Rob…

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2021-22 PREVIEW: Toronto Rock

December 3, 2021

When the NLL season kicks off this weekend, the Toronto Rock will return to the floor with a new home, and some new faces.   The biggest change, of course, is a return to the city of their birth. Sort of. The Ontario Raiders joined the NLL in 1998 and played one season at then Copps Coliseum before moving down the QEW in 1999 to become the Toronto Rock, playing at…

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NLL drops 2021-22 schedule

September 30, 2021

National Lacrosse League Announces Full 2021-22 Schedule San Diego To Raise the Curtain On Friday, December 3; 2019 NLL Finals Rematch Between Calgary & Buffalo Also Highlights ‘Face Off Weekend’; Debut In Fort Worth, Texas; Return to Albany, New York and Hamilton, Ontario feature the Early Schedule PHILADELPHIA, September 29, 2021 – The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the largest and most successful professional lacrosse property in the world, today revealed…

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NLL Expansion Draft 2021: Predicting the Toronto Rock’s protected list

June 10, 2021

The deadline for National Lacrosse League teams to submit protected rosters is Tuesday, June 15th. There are two different options for how players may be protected: Five offense, five defense, one goalie (or five O, six D) Four offense, seven defense, one goalie (or four O, eight D) The most recent expansion draft was held in 2019 when both the Rochester Knighthawks and New York Riptide selected. This will be…

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NLL: Reaction to Rock move swift and varied

May 13, 2021

The Toronto Rock revealed one of the worst kept secrets among lacrosse insiders: they will be relocating from Toronto, where they resided for over 20 years, to the city of their birth – Hamilton, Ontario (when they were the Ontario Raiders). The two teams aren’t officially associated (different owners), but it’s largely accepted they share history (more on this below). The announcement was made during a season ticket holders’ town…

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NLL: Rock’s move to Hamilton presents challenges

May 12, 2021

What a week in the NLL. First the news of the Saskatchewan Rush being sold came (but staying in Saskatoon, for now at least), and then the Toronto Rock announced they’re moving to Hamilton. The Sask news caught us by surprise, but the Rock news – well, with apologies to our readers, we’ve known since March. Out of respect for the people who weren’t supposed to leak the news, we…

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