Johnny Powless on the move again

August 15, 2018

In a three-way deal between the New England Blackwolves, Calgary Roughnecks and Toronto Rock, forward Johnny Powless has been sent to the fifth team of his brief career. The Roughnecks receive Dan Taylor from the Rock in the deal, while the Blackwolves get two draft picks from the Roughnecks. Taylor has some upside—and returns to his hometown—so the Roughnecks are likely happy to receive a secondary scorer who could evolve…


NLL 2015 Les Bartley Award Candidates

July 5, 2015

The nominees for the NLL Head Coach of the Year Award—also known as the Les Bartley Award—have been announced and now it’s a matter of waiting until September to see who the winner is. The nominees for 2015 are Mike Hasen of the Rochester Knighthawks, Derek Keenan of the Edmonton Rush, and John Lovell of the Toronto Rock. Lovell and Keenan faced each other in the Champion’s Cup this year,…


NLL Goaltender of the Year Candidates

June 21, 2015

As the offseason continues, the NLL is continuing to release the candidates for the league’s various top honours. On Thursday the Goaltender of the Year nominees were revealed. For the second year in a row, Aaron Bold of the Edmonton Rush was nominated. For the second straight year, Bold led the league in goals against average, at 9.44, and wins, with 12. Brandon Miller of the Toronto Rock was nominated…


2015 NLL Season in Review

June 8, 2015

  The Edmonton Rush won the Champion’s Cup this weekend, their first title in their 10-year history. And so ends the 2015 NLL season. So let’s now have a look back at the season that was, and some of the highlights along the way. The season got off to an unexpected start in the first two weeks of the schedule when the three-time defending champion Rochester Knighthawks lost two straight,…


Rock and Rush Square off for Round 2 in Battle of Division Leaders

March 21, 2015

When they faced each other three weeks ago at Rexall Place, the Toronto Rock (10-2) needed overtime to best the Edmonton Rush (5-4) by a score of 16-15. Saturday night the top teams in their respective divisions meet again, this time in the ACC in Toronto. The Rush followed that overtime loss with another overtime loss the next weekend, when the lowly Calgary Roughnecks squeaked past them by a 12-11…


Toronto Rock Best Edmonton Rush 16-15 in OT

February 28, 2015

When the No. 1 teams in each division face each other, you hope for a down-to-the-wire contest and that’s what we got on Friday night when the Toronto Rock beat the Edmonton Rush 16-15 in overtime. The Rock improve to 8-1 on the season—best in the NLL—while the Rush drop to 4-3 and are now tied with the Colorado Mammoth for first in the West Division. The first quarter saw…


2015 NLL Breakout Players: Damon Edwards

September 21, 2014

As the NLL season approaches many offensive players are getting attention. One player to watch this year though will be Damon Edwards who plays defensive for the Toronto Rock. Coming up with Toronto, Edwards went to the Boston Blazers in his rookie year before moving on to CLax. He signed back with Toronto and has emerged as a potential breakout player. Edwards played this summer with the Coquitlam Adanacs before…


Rock Sign Forward Brett Hickey

September 15, 2014

Toronto Rock General Manager Terry Sanderson has announced the signing of free agent forward Brett Hickey to a 1-year agreement. The contract is pending league approval. The Windsor, Ontario native was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NLL Draft by the Vancouver Stealth. Hickey played his entire Junior lacrosse career with his hometown Windsor AKO Fratmen (now the Clippers) of the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League (OJBLL). In…


NLL Draft Needs: Toronto Rock

September 3, 2014

The Toronto Rock struggled for consistency through much of the 2014 season before finally going on a 4-0 run to wrap up the schedule. And then, after such a strong finish, they were upset by the Buffalo Bandits in the first round of the playoffs. Toronto management identified defense as an issue, feeling the Bandits were able to push them around and impose their will in the postseason. They’ve already…


NLL Free Agent Update: Brodie Merrill Trade the Big News

September 1, 2014

A few more free agents were locked down in the past week as NLL teams continue to re-sign their players, but the biggest newsmaker was a trade between the Toronto Rock and the unnamed Connecticut franchise that saw transition Brodie Merrill moved to the Rock for two players and three draft picks. After remaining quiet on the transaction front for almost the entire first month of the free agent period,…