NLL: Guaranteed win night pays off for Rock

December 5, 2022

“The boys saved Jamie some money here tonight,” smiled Toronto Rock head coach Matt Sawyer on Saturday night after his team won their home opener 19-8 over the Vancouver Warriors at FirstOntario Centre. Team owner and general manager Jamie Dawick had guaranteed the fans a win, meaning if the Rock had lost, every fan in attendance would receive a ticket to a future game free of charge. But it only…

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NLL: Rock hope drastic off-season moves will bring championship to Hamilton

November 22, 2022

The Toronto Rock’s annual goal is simple – win the NLL Championship. After a thrilling 14-13 overtime win, the shorthanded Rock were swept in the Eastern Finals by perennial rivals, the Buffalo Bandits – both in one goal games. It’s very rare that the Rock make drastic moves in the offseason, even after a loss. But that’s just what General Manager Jamie Dawick did this offseason. Backup netminder Riley Hutchcraft…

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Press Release: Toronto Rock relocating home games for 2023-24 season

November 14, 2022

Several Venues Under Consideration For Temporary Home Game Relocation During FirstOntario Centre Renovation Project Oakville, ON – On Friday, the Toronto Rock were officially informed by the Hamilton Urban Precinct Entertainment Group (HUPEG) of the estimated 20-month timeline for the renovation project that will transform Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre into a world-class sports and entertainment venue. The expanded budget and renovation timeline will mean the Toronto Rock will relocate their home…

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NLL: Rock sign veteran forward Stephen Keogh

October 5, 2022

ROCK SIGN UFA VETERAN FORWARD STEPHEN KEOGH Gifted And Gritty Goal Scorer Coming Home To Rock City Oakville, ON – Toronto Rock Owner, President, and GM Jamie Dawick announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent forward Stephen Keogh to a one-year agreement for the 2022-23 season. The signing is pending league approval. “We think he brings a lot to the table,” said Dawick of his most recent…

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NLL: Emotional 18-17 win for Bandits in game one over Rock

May 18, 2022

In terms of a lacrosse game, game one of the conference finals between the Buffalo Bandits and Toronto Rock was an instant classic. But for the Bandits and the city of Buffalo, it was far more. Tragedy struck the city of Buffalo Saturday afternoon, as a heinous, senseless mass shooting at a local grocery store left 10 people dead. The attack was racially driven, and that hits home to the…

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NLL: Rogers the Rock hero; Thunderbirds go down in OT

May 8, 2022

“There’s nothing more exciting than one game, win or go home. It’s basically a game seven,” said Toronto Rock head coach Matt Sawyer following Toronto’s 14-13 overtime win over the Halifax Thunderbirds. Under normal circumstances, that’s a true statement. On Friday night, it was an understatement. Halifax fought back from a 9-3 halftime deficit to tie the Rock at 13 midway through the fourth quarter. Outside of the final media…

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NLL: Thunderbirds prepare to meet Rock in quarterfinals

May 6, 2022

The Halifax Thunderbirds have one more shot against the Toronto Rock this season. They played Toronto three times during the regular season, more than any other team, and won the season series two games to one. They will face their rivals one final time in the quarter-finals on Friday night in Hamilton, Ont. Game time is 7:30 and it’s the Game of the Week on TSN. “When you’re playing a…

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NLL: Toronto takes season series against Buffalo with 10-7 win in Banditland

May 1, 2022

The rivalry continues. Going into the game Saturday night, Toronto and Buffalo were tied at one game apiece for the season, they are the top two teams in the NLL, and both teams already locked in their spots for the playoffs with no chance of moving up or down in the standings. But wait, there’s more! Both teams are coming off a bye week, both teams are 8-2 over their…

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NLL: Hamilton feels like home for playoff-bound Rock

April 20, 2022

It took 20 weeks, but after the Toronto Rock’s 15-7 victory in front of over 10,000 fans, Hamilton is feeling like home. Their victory came over the other team that called FirstOntario Centre home earlier this season, the Halifax Thunderbirds. Halifax was forced to play two home games in Hamilton due to Nova Scotia’s Covid restrictions (and won both). With the win, Toronto clinches a home playoff date, a fact…

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NLL: Dawson sets all-time career assists mark as Rock defeat Knighthawks

April 11, 2022

The Rochester Knighthawks led the Toronto Rock for 56:50 on Saturday night, but not when the final horn sounded. The Rock captured their third straight win 11-9 in Rochester, extending the Hawks losing streak to seven games. Once again, Toronto played without Rob Hellyer. Only five of their 11 goals were scored by traditional forwards, including an empty netter by Dan Craig, his second of the game. Tom Schreiber also…

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