On Saturday December 10, 2011 the Toronto Rock and Washington Stealth will play a preseason game at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, British Columbia. The Rock and Stealth have met in the NLL Championship Game for the past two consecutive years with the Stealth winning in 2010 and the Rock victorious in 2011.
Rock forward Garrett Billings hails from Langley and grew up playing minor lacrosse there until leaving to play Junior A in Burnaby.
“It’s a great opportunity to play a professional game in my hometown,” expressed Billings. “There hasn’t been any pro lacrosse in BC in a long time and this will be big for Langley and the entire BC lacrosse community.”
The entire weekend promises to be a great one for lacrosse players, coaches and fans alike. Activities start off with a Coaches Chalk Talk and social Friday December 9th led by coaches of the Toronto Rock and Washington Stealth, followed by both teams opening their practices to the public the morning of Saturday December 10th, and hosting on-floor player clinics Saturday afternoon (led by coaches and players from both teams), a post-game autograph session, and meet the teams social at the Langley Events Centre following the game.
This will also mark the second consecutive season the Rock will travel west during the NLL exhibition season. Last season the Rock traveled to Denver, Colorado in the preseason to play the Colorado Mammoth.
“Last year’s trip provided us a chance to get in some team bonding before the season got underway,” said Rock Captain Colin Doyle. “The road game also gets everyone back into the routine of preparing to play on the road.”
The remainder of the Toronto Rock exhibition schedule and training camp will be announced in the fall along the Toronto’s regular season schedule for the 2012 NLL campaign.
Tickets for the exhibition game between the defending NLL Champion Toronto Rock and the Washington Stealth go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, July 5 at 10:00AM PST. For more information on tickets and the Langley Events Centre, please visit their website www.langleyeventscentre.com.
About Langley Events Centre
Langley Events Centre (LEC) is a 260,483 square foot state of the art facility, which includes an Arena Bowl, Gymnasiums, Banquet Hall and Meeting Spaces all in one. Opened in 2009 with the latest technology, the LEC is home to Trinity Western University Athletics (Basketball, Volleyball and Hockey), the Langley Rivermen of the BC Hockey League, the Langley Thunder of the Western Lacrosse Association and the Langley Junior Thunder of the BC Junior A Lacrosse League. Many organizations call the LEC home including Langley Sports Medicine, Tourism Langley, MLA Rich Coleman and the Langley Gymnastics Foundation. The facility has hosted events such as the 2011 BC Summer Games, 2011 CIS Men’s Volleyball National Championships, 2011 BC Boys AAA Basketball Championships, and Provincial Gymnastic Championships. The LEC is also proud to be host to the 2012 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling. For more information, or to purchase tickets for one of our teams, please visit www.langleyeventscentre.com.