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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ILWT Feature: No more Miller time in Philadelphia

December 16, 2020

Brandon Miller retired from the National Lacrosse League much like he began his lacrosse career – quietly making an impact and moving on to do great things. And, if it seems like history is repeating itself, that is because it is. It is no longer Miller Time in Philadelphia. Miller first retired after the 2018 season where he’d been with the Toronto Rock for four and a half years after…

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NLL: Rock shore up at faceoff in 2020 draft

September 21, 2020

The Toronto Rock entered Thursday night’s draft with the fewest picks of all the teams. Arguably, they had the fewest holes to fill. General Manager Jamie Dawick ended up trading a future pick as the Rock added six young players to their ranks. It was a long wait for the first pick, 30th overall. With it the Rock made a somewhat surprising pick in TD Ierlan from Yale. On the…

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NLL: Ninety-three players selected during 2020 draft party

September 18, 2020

It’s finally official – Jeff Teat is a member of the New York Riptide. Jim Veltman made the announcement shortly after 7 p.m. on Thursday night as the NLL hosted its first virtual draft. Ninety-three players were selected over six rounds. Though the NLL doesn’t have a return to play date yet, things are already in motion to prepare for the next season. The draft was the first major step…

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Press Release: Challen Rogers signs 7-year contract extension with Rock

July 30, 2020

Oakville, ON – Toronto Rock General Manager Jamie Dawick announced today that Rock captain Challen Rogers has agreed to a 7-year contract extension, the longest in franchise history.  The signing is pending league approval. Prior to the 2018-19 season, Rogers became the youngest captain in Rock franchise history and with the signing of this long-term agreement he has once again made history.  At 26-years old, he’s already the back-to-back NLL…

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NLL: Rock heat up a lacrosse-less summer with two trades

July 9, 2020

On March 8th, 2020, the Toronto Rock hosted the Calgary Roughnecks. The game marked the return from injury of both Tom Schreiber and Dan Dawson, but was a 13-10 victory for the visitors. It also began the Trade Deadline conversation, just over two weeks away. But the National Lacrosse League never got there. The scope and severity of the current pandemic quickly brought into perspective things like simple wins and…

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NLL: Schreiber’s return not enough to help Rock past Roughnecks

March 11, 2020

Riding a four-game home win streak, the Toronto Rock received an offensive boost Sunday prior to their lone matchup this season against the Calgary Roughnecks. Both Tom Schreiber, who missed six games to injury, and Dan Dawson, who missed the last two, returned to the Rock lineup. The excitement surrounding their return was evident in the building, but it would be short lived as Calgary eventually spoiled the party with…

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