Toronto Keeps Most of Team In Tact, Looks to Compete for NLL Championship

Last Year the Toronto Rock were within a game of the Champions Cup but fell to their rivals the Rochester Knighthawks. Toronto will look to once again be a force in the NLL in 2013 and have been busy this offseason.

During this offseason Toronto has resigned Jesse Gamble, Rob Marshall, Mike Hobbins, Brenden Thenhaus, Stephan Leblanc and Nick Inch. All these players are core role players who will help the Rock to remain strong on both sides of the ball. Josh Sanderson was also resigned as the rock placed the franchise tag on him. The Rock hope that Sanderson who is the NLL’s 5th all time leading scorer can continue to find the back of the net for the Rock.  The Rock would also resign Dan Carey who in just 12 games last season had 25 points. The Rock  signed two free agents this summer as they signed defenseman Chris White and forward Brandon Ivey. The Rock hope White will bring some added depth to their defense along with a much needed edge. White last season with Buffalo was selected to the all star game and will be a great addition to the Rock. Forward Brandon Ivey will need to earn his spot on the rock after being cut by Calgary last year but he is young and full of potential that the Rock hope to develop. The Rock  signed former goalie Pat Campbell to be their new goalie coach. So expect Campbell to be putting the Rock goalies through their paces in training camp.

At the NLL draft the Toronto Rock stocked up on D men as their first pick was defenseman Bradley Kri who they hope will develop into a future star. Their second selection was gritty defenseman Mike Lum Walker from Whitby. The Rock then drafted forwards Kyle Belton and Kyle Pereira to add to their offensive depth. The Rock hope that these young guns will be the future and help the Rock to succeed for many years to come.

The Rock have returning to them Goaltender Nick Rose who had a stellar summer in the WLA as he led the Coquitlam Adanacs to the WLA final. Unfortunately for Rose he lost to team mate Garrett Billings who continued on his phenomenal NLL season in the WLA and helped to lead the Langley Thunder to the Mann Cup. The Rock should have no problem on offense with Billings, Blaine Manning and Colin Doyle to carry the load. If the Rock can play better defensively and Nick Rose can play like he did in the WLA the Rock should have a terrific season.

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