July 12, 2021
RILEY HUTCHCRAFT SIGNS 1-YEAR DEAL
Netminder Excited To Return
Oakville, ON – Toronto Rock General Manager Jamie Dawick announced today that goaltender Riley Hutchcraft has agreed to a 1-year contract extension. The signing is pending league approval.
The 24-year old from Mimico, ON has logged just over 75 minutes over his three-year career. Those minutes equate to one game and one quarter of game play, but his stats are promising with a 5.60 goals-against average and an .863 save percentage. While it’s difficult to figure out how those numbers would look playing full 60-minute games, they certainly paint the picture of a goalie that’s continuing on the trajectory he showed as one of the best goalies in the country at his age dating back to his minor lacrosse days with Mimico and Team Ontario.
“I’m super excited to be a part of the Rock for another year. I can’t wait to battle in front of the best fans in the league again,” said Hutchcraft.
It is well documented around the NLL that a team’s number one goalie plays almost every minute between the pipes and the Rock are no different. The Rock’s main man Nick Rose has started the past 67 consecutive regular season games. It’s a streak that dates back to the tail end of the 2016 campaign.
“The last time we played in 2020, we saw the growth in Riley’s game,” said Rock Head Coach Matt Sawyer. “His performances in practice and his previous summer in Brooklin playing Major Series Lacrosse showed that his game is heading in the right direction. Prior to the 2020 season being cancelled, we had planned on starting him in one of the back-to-back games on the road in April. We’re very confident in both of our goaltenders.”
Sawyer also noted that the bulk of a young goalie’s development does need to take place in practice and in summer lacrosse given the NLL’s schedule format of roughly one game per week.
Stay tuned to the Rock’s social media channels and torontorock.com as more signings are announced throughout the summer months.
The next major date on the NLL’s summer calendar is the opening of the free agent signing period on Aug. 1.
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