The Toronto Rock have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with captain Colin Doyle, the team's all-time leading scorer. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Toronto Rock general manager Terry Sanderson has announced the signing of team captain Colin Doyle to a one-year contract. Doyle, along with Josh Sanderson, is one of two "franchise players" designated by the lacrosse club.
The 15-year NLL veteran has spent 12 seasons with the Rock and has been a member of all six Toronto championship teams. Doyle began his NLL career with the Rock franchise (1998-2006) and was re-acquired by the team in a blockbuster deal just prior to the 2010 campaign. Doyle has accumulated 898 points (371+527) with the organization, franchise-bests in goals, assists and points.
“Colin is one of the best leaders this sport has ever seen,” Sanderson said. “He’s done so much for this game, this franchise and this city. He’s a champion and his work ethic and professionalism are second to none in our business.”
The 35-year-old forward is entering his fourth season as captain of the Rock, and he’s coming off a season in which the team fell short of their ultimate goal of winning a league-record seventh NLL championship. Toronto’s training camp opens Dec. 1 and Doyle’s competitive juices are flowing already.
“I can't say how happy I am to be back for another year,” said the Kitchener, Ontario native. “The Rock, as they show year in and year out, continue to be the flagship franchise in the NLL. It excites me to embark on another season where we get to carry on such a winning and rich tradition. Toronto is where I want to be. It’s as simple as that.”
The impact Doyle has made on the franchise is easily measured. In his three seasons away from Toronto (2007-2009), the Rock never finished above .500, qualified for the playoffs just once (losing in the first round), and had a combined record of 19-29.
Upon his return for the 2010 season via trade from the Stealth, the Rock made it to the NLL Championship Game in the first year of his second tour of duty in Toronto. The Rock then finished the job in 2011, as the team won their first title since 2005 with an 8-7 victory over the Washington Stealth on home turf at Air Canada Centre.