The Toronto Rock Lacrosse Club has acquired Colin Doyle and a conditional second round selection in the 2012 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft from the Washington Stealth in exchange for Lewis Ratcliff, Joel Dalgarno and Tyler Codron. Terms of the deal were not disclosed due to team policy.
Doyle began his professional lacrosse career with the Ontario Raiders in 1998. He led the team in scoring and was named NLL Rookie of the Year. When the expansion franchise relocated from Hamilton to Toronto and changed their name to the Rock, Doyle made the move too.
In his eight years with Toronto, Doyle played in 117 regular season games collecting 624 points from 263 goals and 361 assists, and finished either first or second in Rock scoring each season. In 2005, Doyle was named NLL Most Valuable Player.
As part of each of Toronto’s championship teams, Doyle has won the NLL Champion’s Cup with the Rock five times and was named Champion’s Cup Most Valuable Player in 1999, 2002, and 2005.
On December 27, 2006 the Rock announced a blockbuster trade that sent Doyle, Darren Halls, and a 2007 first round entry draft pick to the San Jose Stealth for Ryan Benesch, Kevin Fines, Chad Thompson, and the Stealth’s 2008 and 2009 first round entry draft selections.
Doyle spent three seasons captaining the San Jose Stealth, now the Washington Stealth based out of Everett, Washington. While in San Jose, Doyle scored 87 goals, assisted on 193 others and picked up 166 loose balls. He finished the 2009 regular season with 111 points, good for first in the League. The marker was only four points shy of Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares’ single season record of 115 points.
Only the third player in NLL history to surpass over 900 points, Doyle has never missed the playoffs in his 12 year career.
The Washington Stealth add Ratcliff, Dalgarno and Codron, all British Columbia natives, to their roster in the deal.
Ratcliff, an assistant captain for the Rock last season, joined Toronto in March 2008 from the Calgary Roughnecks. In the 2009 season Ratcliff recorded 68 points (34 goals, 34 assists) and 68 loose balls.
Dalgarno was the Rock’s second pick in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft (1st round, 7th overall). Ohio State’s captain from Port Coquitlam, B.C. was a member of the Maple Ridge Burrards in the summer and posted 100 points in only 23 games in his first two seasons of Sr. A lacrosse.
Codron was acquired by the Rock in the Portland LumberJax dispersal draft in July 2009. Sidelined due to an ACL injury sustained while playing football at the University of British Columbia, Codron’s playing status for 2010 is still unknown.