2008 Toronto Rock season

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2008 Toronto Rock
League NLL
Division 6th East
2008 record 7-9
Home record 4-5
Road record 3-4
Goals for 172
Goals against 174
General Manager Mike Kloepfer
Coach Glenn Clark
Captain Jim Veltman
Alternate captains Blaine Manning
Chris Driscoll
Arena Air Canada Centre
Average attendance 14,572[1]
Team leaders
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 Toronto Rock are a lacrosse team based in Toronto playing in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). The 2008 season was the 12th in franchise history, and 11th as the Rock.

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.[2] However, negotiations continued, and on October 25, the league announced that a new CBA has been agreed on, and that the season would proceed.[3] 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"[4] 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.

This was captain Jim Veltman's final season as a player; he retired after 16 seasons and joined the Rock coaching staff in 2009.

Regular season[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Reference: [5]

East Division
P Team GP W L PCT GB Home Road GF GA Diff GF/GP GA/GP

1 Buffalo Banditsxyz 16 10 6 .625 0.0 7–2 3–4 203 174 +29 12.69 10.88
2 Minnesota Swarmx 16 10 6 .625 0.0 6–2 4–4 199 196 +3 12.44 12.25
3 New York Titansx 16 10 6 .625 0.0 5–1 5–5 197 186 +11 12.31 11.62
4 Philadelphia Wingsx 16 10 6 .625 0.0 7–1 3–5 225 220 +5 14.06 13.75
5 Rochester Knighthawks 16 8 8 .500 2.0 4–4 4–4 197 171 +26 12.31 10.69
6 Toronto Rock 16 7 9 .438 3.0 4–5 3–4 172 174 -2 10.75 10.88
7 Chicago Shamrox 16 6 10 .375 4.0 3–5 3–5 176 212 -36 11.00 13.25
West Division
P Team GP W L PCT GB Home Road GF GA Diff GF/GP GA/GP

1 San Jose Stealthxy 16 9 7 .562 0.0 4–4 5–3 185 172 +13 11.56 10.75
2 Colorado Mammothx 16 9 7 .562 0.0 6–2 3–5 184 167 +17 11.50 10.44
3 Calgary Roughnecksx 16 7 9 .438 2.0 5–3 2–6 183 178 +5 11.44 11.12
4 Portland LumberJaxx 16 6 10 .375 3.0 3–5 3–5 179 194 -15 11.19 12.12
5 Edmonton Rush 16 4 12 .250 5.0 3–5 1–7 141 197 -56 8.81 12.31

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; GBGames 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

Game log[edit]

Reference:[6]

Game Date Opponent Location Score OT Attendance Record
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

Player stats[edit]

Reference:[7]

Runners (Top 10)[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; LB = Loose Balls; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player GP G A Pts LB PIM
Lewis Ratcliff 17 42 50 92 91 10
Blaine Manning 16 30 44 74 90 4
Aaron Wilson 16 28 22 50 90 4
Josh Sanderson 11 23 27 50 61 6
Ryan Benesch 14 19 31 50 71 38
Kasey Beirnes 16 15 14 29 57 8
Rob Marshall 16 7 17 24 109 8
Jim Veltman 14 6 17 23 122 8
Cam Woods 14 6 12 18 81 78
Totals 257 429 349 1114 36

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; MIN = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; GA = Goals Against; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player GP MIN W L GA Sv% GAA
Bob Watson 15 812:38 7 6 140 .786 10.34
Mike Poulin 16 153:04 0 3 32 .740 12.54
Mike Attwood 1 0:00 0 0 0 .000 .00
Totals 7 9 174 .776 10.88

Awards[edit]

Player Award
Bob Watson[8] NLL Goaltender of the Year
Bob Watson First Team All-Pro
Jim Veltman All-Stars
Peter Lough
Bob Watson

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

March 25, 2008[9]
To Toronto Rock
Lewis Ratcliff
conditional first or second round pick, 2009 entry draft
To Calgary Roughnecks
Josh Sanderson
first round pick, 2008 entry draft
March 11, 2008[10]
To Toronto Rock
second round pick, 2009 entry draft
To Minnesota Swarm
Ian Rubel

Roster[edit]

Reference:[11]

No. Position Player
Canada Goalie Mike Attwood
 ? Matt Baker
33 Canada Fwd Kasey Beirnes
21 Canada Fwd Ryan Benesch
37 Canada Def Scott Campbell
23 Canada Def Matt Carroll
93 Canada Trans Chris Driscoll
9 Canada Fwd Jon Harasym
 ? James Hinkson
6 Canada Def Dan Ladouceur
27 Canada Def Peter Lough
Canada Def Brad MacArthur
17 Canada Fwd Mike MacLeod
16 Canada Fwd Blaine Manning
14 Canada Trans Rob Marshall
Canada Fwd Tim O'Brien
30 Canada Goalie Mike Poulin
No. Position Player
42 Canada Fwd Lewis Ratcliff
Def Bryan Riddell
Canada Def Ian Rubel
Canada Fwd Josh Sanderson
Canada Fwd Nathan Sanderson
15 Canada Fwd Mark Scherman
Canada Fwd Matt Shearer
13 Canada Def Stewart
7 Canada Def Derek Suddons
40 Canada Fwd Jamie Taylor
94 United States Fwd Matt Taylor
Canada Def Chad Thompson
32 Canada Trans Jim Veltman
29 Canada Goalie Bob Watson
10 Canada Fwd Aaron Wilson
20 Canada Def Jay Winder
22 Canada Def Cam Woods

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://pointstreak.com/prostats/attendance.html?leagueid=230&seasonid=1995
  2. ^ "2008 Season Cancelled". NLL.com. 2007-10-16. Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  3. ^ "NLL, PLPA reach seven-year deal". NLL.com. October 25, 2007. Archived from the original on 26 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  4. ^ "League Releases New 2008 Schedule". NLL.com. November 2, 2007. Archived from the original on 6 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  5. ^ "National Lacrosse League - 2008 Regular Season - Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Toronto Rock - 2008 Regular Season - Game Schedule". NLL.com. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ http://pointstreak.com/prostats/teamplayerstats.html?teamid=25959&seasonid=1995
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "Ratcliff, Sanderson Swapped". NLL.com. March 25, 2008. Archived from the original on 28 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  10. ^ "Toronto Trades Rubel to Minnesota". NLL.com. March 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  11. ^ http://pointstreak.com/prostats/teamroster.html?teamid=25959&seasonid=1995

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