Toronto â€“ Toronto Rock forwards Colin Doyle and Josh Sanderson have been designated as Torontoâ€™s two franchise players for the 2013 season General Manager Terry Sanderson announced on Tuesday.
Doyle and Sanderson are each in their second tours of duty with the Rock. Â Doyle returned to Toronto in 2010 and Sanderson in 2012.
â€œColin Doyle has brought so much to this franchise and this city with six championships but also just so much more to the game of lacrosse,â€ said Sanderson. Â â€œHe is our captain and heâ€™s a really special player, one that doesnâ€™t come along often.â€
Doyle is the franchiseâ€™s all-time leader in goals (371), assists (527) and points (898). Â Sanderson, meanwhile, is fourth in Rock history in those same three offensive categories and is just one point shy of 400 points for his Rock career.
â€œJosh is just a proven winner in this league,â€ said Sanderson of his son. Â â€œHeâ€™s won a championship here and I know heâ€™s not done and his goal is winning another championship right here in Toronto.â€
Both players were slated to become unrestricted free agents on August 1st but by designating the two players as Torontoâ€™s franchise players it takes the players off the open market.
The two players per team who receive the franchise player tag are paid 25% more than the maximum veteran player salary as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
NLL teams have until today to declare their two franchise players for the 2013 season. Â On August 1st, teams can begin to sign rostered restricted and unrestricted free agents from other teams as well as players that were on their own practice rosters in 2012. Â Teams are permitted to re-sign their own free agents and non-rostered unrestricted free agents at any time.