Toronto Rock forward Colin Doyle was among the final 23 players selected to represent Team Canada at the 2006 World Lacrosse Championships in London from July 13-22, 2006.
Doyle, who was the National Lacrosse League’s leading scoring in 2005 and the league MVP, was the only Rock player to make the cut from 53-man to the 23-man roster. Blaine Manning, Matt Shearer and Patrick Merrill were also vying for a spot on the squad.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to represent my country at the highest level,” said Doyle, who played college field lacrosse with the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.” It looks like we are going to have a great team and a great opportunity to do something great in our own country.
Team Canada head coach Frank Nielsen and his assistants David Huntley, Ed Comeau and Randy Mearns had some difficult choices to make in reducing the roster with such a talented group of players.
“This has been the toughest selection camp that Canada has ever had, there’s unbelievable talent here,” said Nielsen, who had the tough task of paring down the roster from 53 to 23 players.
Rock head coach and GM Terry Sanderson said he is pleased for Doyle to get an opportunity at representing his country.
“Any time these guys get to play and compete at a high level, it’s good for them as players and for our organization,” said Sanderson. “We’re very happy for Colin and hope he can help Canada bring in a gold medal.” Team Canada is proudly sponsored by Under Armour Canada.