Number Retirement, Star Wars, Bobbleheads And More!
Oakville, ON – The Toronto Rock opened the season on the road in Rochester, NY last Thursday night with an impressive 12-5 win over the Knighthawks and today have announced the full 2017 promotional schedule which kicks off with next Saturday’s home opener against the Saskatchewan Rush at Air Canada Centre.
The home opener is minor lacrosse night presented by Bell Let’s Talk. $1 from every single game ticket sold to this year’s home opener on Saturday, January 14 will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), in support of local mental health programs. Additionally, Rock Owner Jamie Dawick will match that dollar with another dollar out of his own wallet, making it $2 in total being donated to the CMHA for every ticket that is sold to the first Rock game of the season. Prior to the game, minor lacrosse teams in attendance will parade across the turf in a celebration of their 2016 season accomplishments.
On Saturday, January 28, the Rock and Knighthawks will meet for the second time this season with the possibility of Toronto securing the season series and the tiebreaker should the teams finish with identical records. It’s an important game early in the season and Students will have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for this matchup. At this game, the Rock will also welcome the Central Ontario Building Trades Hammerheads program to the ACC.
The Rock have partnered with KX Country (KX-96 and KX-947) Canada’s #1 Country and the Boots and Hearts Music Festival to bring back Country Night for a second year in a row. The Boots and Hearts halftime show returns on Friday, February 3 when the Buffalo Bandits visit Toronto for the first of two regular season meetings.
For the first time, the annual Bachly Construction Rock bobblehead night will feature a goaltender as the first 5,000 fans through the gates on Friday, February 17 against the Georgia Swarm will receive a Nick Rose limited edition collectible bobblehead.
Come over to the dark side on Friday, March 3 for a good cause. With the New England Black Wolves in town, the Rock will hold their annual charity night in support of the Smilezone Foundation. The proceeds from this year’s charity game will be put towards new Zones at the Safehaven project for community living on Bloor St. West in downtown Toronto. Fans will have several different ways they can contribute to the fundraising efforts including participating in the live game worn jersey auction on the turf right after the game. The jerseys this year will feature a Star Wars dark side theme, which is sure to be very popular. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will also donate $1 for every ticket sold to the fundraising total.
On Saturday, March 11 the Rock will retire Colin Doyle’s number 7 prior to the game against the Calgary Roughnecks. Doyle will join Bob Watson, who had his number 29 retired in 2012, as the only two players to have their numbers retired in the team’s history. Doyle retired in November as the Rock’s all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points and won six Champion’s Cups as a member of the Rock. Doyle and Watson are the only two players to be a part of all six Rock championships.
The Highland Creek Pipe Band will welcome fans to the ACC on Friday, March 17 for St. Paddy’s Day presented by Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill when the Rock host Colorado. On the green turf that night, the Rock will face the John Grant Jr. and the Mammoth, which is far from a regular occurrence. This will be just the fourth time the Colorado Mammoth have ever faced the Rock at Air Canada Centre.
With Canada 150 celebrations going on across the country in the 2017, the Rock will also hold a Celebration of Canadian Lacrosse presented by Tim Hortons on Saturday, March 25 against the Vancouver Stealth. The Rock have partnered with Huronia Historical Parks to present this summer’s Baggataway Lacrosse Festival and fans attending this game will get a taste of what’s to come this summer as we celebrate the birth of organized lacrosse in Canada.
The regular season wraps up with Toronto Sun Fan Appreciation Night. Following the game, fans will have a chance to come down to the turf, meet their Rock idols and get an autograph. Compliments of several of the Rock’s corporate partners, there will also be a ton of great prizes to be won.
Below is the full 2017 promotional schedule.
|Saturday, January 14th||Toronto||Saskatchewan||7:00 PM||Minor Lacrosse Night|
|Saturday, January 28th||Toronto||Rochester||7:00 PM||Student Night|
|Friday, February 3rd||Toronto||Buffalo||7:30 PM||Country Night|
|Friday, February 17th||Toronto||Georgia||7:30 PM||Nick Rose Bobblehead|
|Friday, March 3rd||Toronto||New England||7:30 PM||Star Wars Charity Night|
|Saturday, March 11th||Toronto||Calgary||7:00 PM||Colin Doyle Number Retirement|
|Friday, March 17th||Toronto||Colorado||7:30 PM||St. Paddy’s Day|
|Saturday, March 25th||Toronto||Vancouver||7:00 PM||#CANLAX150|
|Friday, April 14th||Toronto||Buffalo||7:30 PM||Fan Appreciation Night|
2017 Toronto Rock Season, Group and Single tickets are on sale now. For more information, please contact a Toronto Rock account executive at 416-596-3075 or visit torontorock.com.