Toronto forward, a 17-year NLL veteran, will undergo rotator cuff surgery
The Toronto Rock have announced that team captain Colin Doyle will miss the entire 2015 National Lacrosse League season due to a shoulder injury that will require surgery. The 17-year NLL veteran will undergo the procedure to repair the injury next week.
Doyle played lacrosse this past summer where he sustained a shoulder injury. Upon further examination late last week, it was confirmed that Doyle had a torn rotator cuff and would require surgery that will sideline him for the entire 2015 NLL season.
“This is a significant loss to our team,” said Rock Owner and President Jamie Dawick. “We will have to look to other guys to step up and fill the leadership role and also have to count on some other veteran guys to step up on the offensive side of the ball.”
Doyle is the all-time leader in every offensive category in Rock franchise history and ranks among the top scorers in league history. He and NLL Hall of Fame goaltender Bob Watson are the only two players to be a part of all six Toronto Rock championship teams.
While the offensive depth on the left side diminishes with the loss of Doyle, the Rock still have the likes of Stephan Leblanc, Josh Sanderson and Kevin Ross to carry the load.
The Rock will also have to deal with the absence of Garrett Billings, their leading scorer over the past three seasons, from their lineup to begin the season as he recovers from ACL surgery back in May. Billings is targeting an early season return, but the timing is still uncertain.
The Toronto Rock will open training camp on November 29th at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario. The Rock will play three exhibition games in preparation for the 2015 season, including a trip to Montreal, Quebec to face the Rochester Knighthawks on Sunday, December 14th. Toronto also play two exhibition scrimmages at the TRAC (Calgary on December 6th and New England on December 20th), which will be open to the public with no charge for admission.