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1
Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
8:00 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Rock’S Josh Sanderson Retires After 19 Nll Seasons

After 19 seasons, Toronto Rock forward, and future NLL Hall of Famer, Josh Sanderson is retiring from the National Lacrosse League leaving behind an incredible legacy as one of the game’s all-time greats.

To say Josh Sanderson was one of the NLL’s all-time greats might be selling him short.  The man they called ‘Shooter’ was never the biggest or fastest guy on the floor but there were few players who were smarter or had a bigger heart, making him a one-of-a-kind player we may not see the likes of again, anytime soon.

“I know I can’t play at the level I want to anymore and that’s why I’m choosing to retire,” said the 39-year old Sanderson.  “My teammates and competing each week is what I’ll miss the most.  I have so many great memories because of the great people I played with and the friendships I made along the way.  I’m truly thankful for the opportunities this game has given me.”

Toronto Rock owner, president and general manager Jamie Dawick had a close bond with one of the best leaders in team history.

“I’m happy and proud and honoured that he played his last game wearing a Rock uniform,” expressed Dawick.  “Josh is going to be missed in that dressing room.  A great player on the floor and a great leader and from what I’ve heard from everyone who ever played with him, one of the greatest teammates of all-time.”

Sanderson flirted with retirement prior to the beginning of the 2016 NLL season when he stepped away during training camp to contemplate his lacrosse future.  After missing the first five games of the season, Sanderson returned to the Rock lineup on February 14 and posted a goal and four assists in a 17-16 overtime loss to the New England Black Wolves.  A week later at Air Canada Centre against the Buffalo Bandits, he scored once and setup six others to lead the Rock to their first win of the season.  Sanderson finished the 2016 season with 42 points in 11 games.

The Orangeville, Ontario native finished his career in fourth place in all-time league scoring with 1357 points (449 goals and 908 assists) in 268 regular season games played.  The only players with more points in their careers are John Tavares, John Grant Jr. and Rock teammate Colin Doyle.

With two career stops in Toronto as well as stints in Rochester, Albany, Boston and Calgary, Sanderson had the chance to play for his father Terry Sanderson on four different occasions. 

“I’m lucky to have had those chances, he always showed a ton of confidence in me,” explained Sanderson.  “Playing for my dad put more pressure on me.   We had a great relationship on and off the floor.  He always had the confidence to trade for me, hoping I would play well.  Playing for him really helped me.”

Originally selected in the second round of the 1997 NLL Draft by the Rochester Knighthawks, Sanderson played just two seasons in a limited role before moving on to Albany.  It was while playing with the Attack that Sanderson established himself as an NLL superstar and led his team to a 2002 NLL finals appearance, losing to the Toronto Rock.

“I had great teammates and it was a great group in Albany.  It was a really fun time and I started getting a lot of confidence,” said Sanderson.  “The 2002 finals was a tough loss and not getting a chance to win with that group is probably the one regret of my career.  I learned how tough it is to win a championship; I really would have loved to win with that group.  I got to play with my cousins Ryan and Phil Sanderson and so many lifelong friends.  My time in Albany was special to me.”

He didn’t have to wait long to win his first NLL championship.  He was traded to Toronto prior to the 2005 season, and became a part of arguably the best offensive group in NLL history.  Doyle, Blaine Manning and Sanderson all surpassed the 100-point plateau en route to winning the team’s fifth Champion’s Cup in just seven seasons.

“One of the most special years of my career, winning with so many friends, it was a really fun year,” said Sanderson.  “The championship game in Toronto was one of the most memorable games of my career.  The atmosphere at the ACC was something I had never experienced.  We had a really smart front door and really good chemistry almost right away.  It was a smart, really good team offence.”

His first run in Toronto would end during the 2008 season when he was dealt to Calgary and reunited with his dad who was the assistant coach with the Roughnecks.  

“The trade to Calgary was a shocker but it was one of my favourite parts of my career,” said Sanderson who went on to win his second championship in 2009 with the Roughnecks.  “We had good chemistry by 2009 and it was also a really fun group.”

In 2011, Sanderson found himself in Boston suiting up for the Blazers but following that season the team would fold.  Josh’s dad once again pulled off a trade with Minnesota, who had selected Josh in dispersal draft, to bring him back to Toronto for a second time. 

“It was great playing for the Toronto Rock a second time,” said Sanderson.  “It’s a great organization and really nice playing my last years in Toronto. 

“One of my fondest memories is our first game in Rochester last season,” remarked Sanderson who at the time was playing his first game since the passing of his father Terry.  “It was our first regular season game and we won 13-12.  I got the game ball and shared some pretty special moments with my teammates.”

Close personal friend Matt Sawyer coached Josh in Boston and has also been an assistant coach during his two stints in Toronto with the Rock.

“He was a fierce competitor.  The way he competed and the fact he hated to lose was what set him apart and made it impossible for his teammates not to follow,” said Sawyer. 

“I loved playing for 19 years and I loved being part of the NLL, it’s a great league. I want to thank the coaches, trainers and my teammates for everything. Thanks to Brad Bannister in Calgary and Jamie Dawick in Toronto who treated me with a lot of respect and were first class all the way.  I especially want to thank my mom, dad, sister, my wife Lindsay and my four children Cameron, Ashley, Dylan and Owen for all their support.”

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