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Toronto Rock: Stephan LeBlanc sets career-high for points

The Toronto Rock’s 13-9 win last night against the Buffalo Bandits was important for a whole host of reasons. However, the biggest was to still have a fighting chance at homefield advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

On an individual level, it was also a big night for Stephan LeBlanc, who set a new career high with 84 points (42 goal & 42 assists) in a season. He was asked about the milestone after the game:

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Toronto Rock: Who wins a race between Damon Edwards & Jesse Gamble

The race for the playoffs is over, now that the Toronto Rock have clinched a spot in the postseason. Now they can now concentrate on other races, such as who would win a sprint between Damon Edwards and Jesse Gamble:

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Toronto Rock: Brandon Miller discusses making the playoffs

Congratulations to the Toronto Rock, who clinched a playoff spot with their tense 10-9 win against the Philadelphia Wings. Goaltender Brandon Miller talked about making the playoffs and winning his first game at the ACC:

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Toronto Rock: Garrett Billings placed on injured reserve list

As the Toronto Rock prepare for tonight’s season-defining clash against the Philadelphia Wings, GM Terry Sanderson confirmed that Garrett Billings has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list. Billings suffered an ACL tear in the second quarter of last weekend’s 17-9 win against the Vancouver Stealth.

As a result of this move, Nick Diachenko has been added to the active roster. This will be the rookie’s first action for the Rock, having spent time on the injured reserve list himself, with a lower body injury.

Diachenko was originally selected 14th overall in the 2013 NLL draft by the Buffalo Bandits, before being signed by the Rock as a free agent earlier this year. While considered a raw prospect, the Rock will be hoping to take advantage of the 24-year old’s speed and size.

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Toronto Rock: FanFest Saturday at the ACC

It’s a big weekend for the Toronto Rock, as they take on the Philadelphia Wings at the Air Canada Centre tomorrow night at 7:00 pm. If they win, it will clinch a playoff birth, so hopefully you have an idea of how important the game is!

Anyway, if you’re looking for something to do, the Rock welcomes the return of FanFest prior to the game, between 5:00 pm-6:00 pm in the Galleria outside Gate 1. There will be lots of activities for the entire family, such as face painting, a poster zone and the Rock shooting gallery.

Toronto Rock legend and NLL Hall of Fame goaltender Bob “Whipper” Watson will be there to sign autographs. Plus, more importantly, you’ll get a chance to meet the Toronto Rock Cheerleaders, who will be performing during the event, as well as signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans.

Toronto Rock in-game host Mia Gordon will be hosting FanFest, with trivia and prizes available throughout the event. And, despite my admittedly irrational dislike for all mascots, I should tell you IGGY will also be around to harass meet the fans.

Saturday is also Autograph Night, with the first 5,000 fans in attendance receiving a Toronto Rock Cheer Card.  Fans will then be invited to go down to the turf at the ACC after the game to get an autograph from their favourite Rock players.

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Toronto Rock: Brandon Miller’s new mask

Whether it’s lacrosse, hockey or whatever, I don’t normally pay attention to their masks, no matter how elaborate some of them can be. However, the story behind Toronto Rock goaltender Brandon Miller’s mask design is pretty interesting:

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Toronto Rock: Jesse Gamble interview

Are you getting nervous Toronto Rock fans? Just four days to go until the crunch clash with the Philadelphia Wings. Win, and you’re virtually assured of a playoff spot. Lose, and………..well, it doesn’t bare thinking about!

Anyway, to take your mind off it all, Toronto Rock host Mia Gordon caught up with Jesse Gamble in the locker room for a one-on-one chat:

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Toronto Rock: Reaction to Garrett Billings injury

As we reported yesterday, Garrett Billings has suffered a season-ending injury. Billings was enjoying a fine season, having just become the first person in NLL history to record three consecutive 100-point campaigns.

While Billings is upset, he still made a point of praising his team for an important win in Vancouver on Saturday night:

Obviously, the injury is a huge blow for the Toronto Rock, who are still looking to secure a playoff spot. Several colleagues took to Twitter to convey their messages of support:

 

Just in case you’re wondering how respected Billings is in the game, even former teammates shared their thoughts:

 

All we can do is reiterate that we hope Garrett Billings makes a full and speedy recovery for 2015. For now, fingers crossed Colin Doyle and the rest of the guys can regroup for the all-important clash with the Philadelphia Wings at the ACC this coming Saturday.

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Toronto Rock: Garrett Billings suffers ACL tear

The Toronto Rock secured an important 17-9 in Vancouver, in the process keeping hold of the third and final playoff spot in the East. Unfortunately, not all of the news from last night’s game was positive.

What started as a dream return to his home town for Garrett Billings quickly turned into a nightmare, as he suffered a season-ending injury. It was the first professional appearance in Vancouver for the 28-year old, who was born in Langley, BC.

Billings suffered a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return. It was later confirmed the 2009 6th overall draft pick had an ACL tear, which typical takes 6-9 months to recover from.

The irony is that the injury came after Billings had reached the 100-point mark in the first quarter, with five assists. This marked the third consecutive year he had reached the 100-point total, making him the first time in NLL history to achieve the feat.

The Rock must now attempt to recover from the loss of one of their leaders and arguably the best player in the NLL. With three regular season games remaining, they have a one-game lead over the Philadelphia Wings, who they meet next weekend in Toronto.

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Toronto Rock: Cam Woods added to active roster

This is a big weekend for the Toronto Rock, who look to keep hold of their tenuous grip on the final playoff spot in the East. They were helped by the Philadelphia Wings loss last night, but a win tonight in Vancouver will solidify their position somewhat.

The Stealth will also be motivated to win, as they still have a chance of making the playoffs themselves. If the last game at the ACC earlier this season is anything to go by, it should be another physical encounter tonight.

Perhaps with this in mind, Toronto Rock GM Terry Sanderson announced that Cam Woods has been added to the active roster. The former NLL defensive player of the year retired at the end of last season, but was recently signed by the Rock after a change of heart.

As head coach John Lovell told www.torontorock.com: “Cam has progressed quickly through a few practices and is ready to play.  He brings a presence both on the floor and in the locker room.”

The 37-year old previously played for the Rock between 2008-2013,  setting a single season team record in 2008, with 78 penalty minutes.To make room for the transaction, Mike Lum-Walker has been moved to to the practice roster.

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