Garrett Billings set an NLL record in a game against Buffalo last season, scoring the goal or an assist on all 15 of Toronto's goals in a 15-9 win. Photo Credit: Larry Palumbo
The Toronto Rock have locked up their leading scorer from a year ago, as GM Terry Sanderson announced the signing of 3-year NLL veteran forward Garrett Billings to a one-year agreement. Last season, Billings established a new team record with 114 points as well as setting a new NLL record with 82 assists. The contract is pending league approval.
The accolades and accomplishments didn’t end there, as he was runner-up in NLL MVP voting to John Grant Jr. of Colorado who set a new league scoring mark with 116 points. Billings’ 114 points ranks third on the NLL all-time single-season scoring chart behind Grant (116) and Buffalo’s John Tavares (115).
“I’m happy to be back with the Rock,” said an exuberant Billings. “We’re all ready to take another run at the Champion’s Cup. It’s an exciting time to be a part of this organization and we hope the city of Toronto is as ready as we are.”
The 26-year old sniper’s most impressive accomplishment may have come on March 31st in a game against the Buffalo Bandits. The Rock won the game 15-9 in enemy territory at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY, however Billings did something that no other player had done in the 26-year history of the NLL. He figured in on every one of the Rock’s 15 goals on the evening, collecting 4 goals and 11 assists for 15 points. In the process setting a team record for most points in a game, falling just shy of the NLL record held by Buffalo’s Mark Steenhuis of 17 points in a game.
“The individual success is always secondary to me,” explained Billings. “For every single person in our organization, last season’s goal was not fulfilled. We want to play another championship game in front of our fans in May and win another Champion’s Cup.”
Billings is no stranger to championships having won an NCAA Division I title (Virginia 2006) and a Champion’s Cup with the Rock in 2011.