Toronto – Toronto Rock Owner and President Jamie Dawick has signed General Manager Terry Sanderson to a 2-year contract extension that will run through the 2014 season.
“I’m happy to get it done,” said Dawick. “With Terry entering the final year of his contract, this extension gives the club the necessary stability we need moving forward. This is great for the Rock and our fans to have Terry in the fold for the foreseeable future.”
After not making the playoffs for two consecutive seasons, Sanderson came in and rebuilt the Rock in short order winning the East Division title in 2010 and then taking the next step winning the Champion’s Cup in 2011.
Taking the reigns of the Rock in the summer of 2009, Sanderson drafted Garrett Billings and Stephan Leblanc and then traded for Colin Doyle just prior to the start of the 2010 season. The acquisition of those three players has been a key part of the Rock’s resurgence to perennial championship contender.
Sanderson then went about assembling the roster with players who fit the system that Head Coach Troy Cordingley employs. After coming so close to the Champion’s Cup in 2010, Sanderson made more roster changes for the 2011 season which yielded the Rock GM his second NLL Championship with his other title coming in 2005 in his first tour of duty with the Rock.
“I’m pleased that Jamie has the trust in myself to see this thing through for another two seasons,” said Sanderson. “There’s not a better place to be or a better person to work for than Jamie.”
After winning the championship in 2011, Sanderson has again made significant moves to take another run at the Champion’s Cup. He’s been handed one of the most difficult situations perhaps any NLL GM has ever been presented – finding the successor to Hall of Fame goaltender Bob Watson.
“We face the same challenges every year,” explains Sanderson. “We are always going to put the most competitive team possible on the floor to take a run at winning a championship. We’re all in this to win championships. We’re extremely confident in Matt Roik and his past success in this league is a good indicator of why we have that confidence in him. We had to give up some quality defenders to add depth to our offensive left side and fill our goaltending position, but we’ve got two veterans in Ryan Sharp and Drew Petkoff that are coming off injuries and will take two of those defensive openings left by the trades.”
The Rock will open training camp in late November and will play an exhibition game in Langley, BC against the Washington Stealth on Saturday, December 10th.
On Sunday, January 8th the Rock will begin defence of their 2011 NLL Championship when they host the Calgary Roughnecks at Air Canada Centre. Season tickets are on sale now and single game tickets go on sale on Wednesday, October 19. For more ticket information, please call 416-596-3075 or visit www.torontorock.com.