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Rock Add Aaron Forster With First Pick At NLL Draft


Toronto Selects Six Players In NLL Draft

Philadelphia, PA – The Toronto Rock welcomed six new players to the team tonight as the National Lacrosse League hosted its annual Draft at Xfinity Live in Philadelphia, PA.

The Rock’s first pick fell at the tail end of the first round, 15th overall and GM Jamie Dawick used it to select transition player Aaron Forster from NJIT.  The 23-year old from Ottawa, ON finished his Jr. A lacrosse career with the Toronto Beaches.  In his last season of Jr. A lacrosse, he led the Beaches in scoring with 29 goals and 56 points.  Dawick sees him as a player that could play at either end of the floor.

In the 2nd Round, the Rock selected lefty forward Zach Manns from the Victoria Jr. A Shamrocks, 27th overall.  His 105 points were just one shy of the BCJALL scoring title.  At 6’2”, he will bring an intriguing blend of size and skill to training camp in hopes of earning a spot.  Manns played Division 1 lacrosse at Drexel University, but elected to declare for the NLL Draft and not return to school to pursue a professional lacrosse career.

In the 3rd Round, 43rd overall, the Rock selected lefty defender Jamison Dilks from the Six Nations Arrows of the OJALL.  Dilks is a native of Hamilton, ON and was a member of the Arrows’ 2017 Minto Cup Canadian Jr. A Championship squad.  He is also the younger brother of Rush defender Ryan Dilks, who was also originally selected by the Rock, back in 2010.

The Rock addressed a need for a third goaltender when they selected Troy Holowchuk in the 4th Round, 58th overall.  The 19-year old from St. Catharines, ON, opted into the draft early after a standout season with the Six Nations Arrows of the OJALL.  Holowchuk still has two years of junior lacrosse eligibility remaining and the Rock plan to develop the young netminder over the next couple of years into an NLL regular.

With their 5th Round, 73rd overall selection, the Rock grabbed Ryan Conrad from the University of Virginia.  The talented midfielder finished tied for 13th with 96 career points among UVA midfielders and was a member of the Cavaliers NCAA championship team in 2019.  He finished with 31 goals and 49 points as a senior, the third best single season total in program history.

With the Rock’s final pick in the draft, (6th Round, 86th overall), the Rock selected Jordan Caskenette from Orangeville Jr A Northmen.  He was a member of the 2019 Minto Cup Jr A Champion Northmen.

The Rock will now turn their focus to training camp which opens on Saturday, November 2 at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre.  The Rock will play three exhibition games at the TRAC in November.  Dates and opponents will be announced in the coming weeks.

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