2008 Toronto Rock season
|2008 Toronto Rock|
|General Manager||Mike Kloepfer|
|Alternate captains||Blaine Manning
|Arena||Air Canada Centre|
|Goals||Lewis Ratcliff (42)|
|Assists||Lewis Ratcliff (50)|
|Points||Lewis Ratcliff (92)|
|Penalties in minutes||Cam Woods (78)|
|Loose Balls||Jim Veltman (122)|
|Wins||Bob Watson (7)|
|Goals against average||Bob Watson (10.34)|
The 2008 season almost never happened. On October 16, 2007 the league released a statement officially cancelling the season, after no agreement could be reached on a new collective bargaining agreement. However, negotiations continued, and on October 25, the league announced that a new CBA has been agreed on, and that the season would proceed. The new revised schedule was released on November 2, 2007, but only included 12 of the expected 14 teams were included. The expansion Boston Blazers and 2007 Western division champion Arizona Sting had decided for "a number of business reasons" to opt out of the 2008 season and return in 2009. Due to the short time frame between the agreement on a new CBA and the start of the season, the New York Titans were unable to secure 8 home dates for the revised schedule, and thus both the Toronto Rock and Buffalo Bandits hosted a Titans home game in their own arena.
The Rock had their second consecutive sub-.500 season, finishing 7-9, and out of the playoffs for the first time since they were the Ontario Raiders in 1998. Despite the losing season, veteran Bob Watson was named NLL Goaltender of the Year.
|1||Buffalo Bandits – xyz||16||10||6||.625||0.0||7–2||3–4||203||174||+29||12.69||10.88|
|2||Minnesota Swarm – x||16||10||6||.625||0.0||6–2||4–4||199||196||+3||12.44||12.25|
|3||New York Titans – x||16||10||6||.625||0.0||5–1||5–5||197||186||+11||12.31||11.62|
|4||Philadelphia Wings – x||16||10||6||.625||0.0||7–1||3–5||225||220||+5||14.06||13.75|
|1||San Jose Stealth – xy||16||9||7||.562||0.0||4–4||5–3||185||172||+13||11.56||10.75|
|2||Colorado Mammoth – x||16||9||7||.562||0.0||6–2||3–5||184||167||+17||11.50||10.44|
|3||Calgary Roughnecks – x||16||7||9||.438||2.0||5–3||2–6||183||178||+5||11.44||11.12|
|4||Portland LumberJax – x||16||6||10||.375||3.0||3–5||3–5||179||194||-15||11.19||12.12|
x: Clinched playoff berth; c: Clinched playoff berth by crossing over to another division; y: Clinched division; z: Clinched best regular season record; GP: Games Played
W: Wins; L: Losses; GB: Games back; PCT: Win percentage; Home: Record at Home; Road: Record on the Road; GF: Goals scored; GA: Goals allowed
Differential: Difference between goals scored and allowed; GF/GP: Average number of goals scored per game; GA/GP: Average number of goals allowed per game
|1||January 5, 2008||@ Chicago Shamrox||Sears Centre||W 11–9||6,116||1–0|
|2||January 11, 2008||Minnesota Swarm||Air Canada Centre||L 16–17||OT||13,317||1–1|
|3||January 12, 2008||@ Minnesota Swarm||Xcel Energy Center||L 4–11||10,104||1–2|
|4||January 19, 2008||@ Edmonton Rush||Rexall Place||W 14–9||12,107||2–2|
|5||January 26, 2008||New York Titans||Air Canada Centre||W 14–10||14,142||3–2|
|6||February 9, 2008||@ Rochester Knighthawks||Blue Cross Arena||L 4–11||9,925||3–3|
|7||February 15, 2008||Buffalo Bandits||Air Canada Centre||W 11–8||14,611||4–3|
|8||March 1, 2008||Calgary Roughnecks||Air Canada Centre||W 9–7||14,542||5–3|
|9||March 14, 2008||New York Titans||Air Canada Centre||L 10–14||14,233||5–4|
|10||March 21, 2008||Edmonton Rush||Air Canada Centre||W 14–9||14,312||6–4|
|11||March 22, 2008||@ Buffalo Bandits||HSBC Arena||W 13–9||15,230||7–4|
|12||April 5, 2008||Rochester Knighthawks||Air Canada Centre||L 6–9||15,422||7–5|
|13||April 6, 2008||@ Philadelphia Wings||Wachovia Center||L 9–11||10,244||7–6|
|14||April 12, 2008||Chicago Shamrox||Air Canada Centre||L 12–13||OT||15,238||7–7|
|15||April 19, 2008||@ Calgary Roughnecks||Pengrowth Saddledome||L 11–12||OT||1,808||7–8|
|16||April 27, 2008||Philadelphia Wings||Air Canada Centre||L 14–15||15,332||7–9|
Runners (Top 10)
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; LB = Loose Balls; PIM = Penalty Minutes
Note: GP = Games Played; MIN = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; GA = Goals Against; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average
|Bob Watson||NLL Goaltender of the Year|
|Bob Watson||First Team All-Pro|
|March 25, 2008
||To Toronto Rock
conditional first or second round pick, 2009 entry draft
|To Calgary Roughnecks
first round pick, 2008 entry draft
|March 11, 2008
||To Toronto Rock
second round pick, 2009 entry draft
|To Minnesota Swarm
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- "NLL, PLPA reach seven-year deal". NLL.com. October 25, 2007. Archived from the original on 26 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-25.
- "League Releases New 2008 Schedule". NLL.com. November 2, 2007. Archived from the original on 6 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-02.
- "National Lacrosse League - 2008 Regular Season - Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
- "Toronto Rock - 2008 Regular Season - Game Schedule". NLL.com. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
- "Watson Named US Navy Goalie of the Year". NLL.com. May 7, 2008. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
- "Ratcliff, Sanderson Swapped". NLL.com. March 25, 2008. Archived from the original on 28 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
- "Toronto Trades Rubel to Minnesota". NLL.com. March 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-02.