Toronto, ON – The Toronto Rock prepare to take on the Buffalo Bandits tonight at the Air Canada Centre in a battle for first place in the NLL’s Eastern Division. The Rock, currently sit a top the division with a 5-2 record, marred only by a pair of losses to the Rochester Knighthawks. The Rock holds a 10-3 overall record against the Bandits, that includes a 3-2 record on home turf. The Bandits dropped their last game in a surprising 14-8 loss to the Philadelphia Wings.
“We’ve hit the halfway mark for the season and every game is like a playoff game, especially in the Eastern Division. Each team has played extremely well to this point and one bad game can have a big impact on the standings. The guys have been fired up since Wednesday so the game is sure to be intense.” Terry Sanderson, Toronto Rock Head Coach and GM.
Tonight will also mark the third time the Rock has teamed up with Special Olympics to raise funds for community programs, sport training and competition. In the last two years the Rock, in partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, has raised over $50,000 for Special Olympics Ontario.
This year’s Charity Classic is scheduled for this weekend when the Rock are set to take on Eastern Division rivals; the Buffalo Bandits. At the game, the Rock will yet again unveil a set of special edition third jerseys that will be auctioned off in a silent auction on the concourse through the first half of the game. The jerseys will be signed by the players and awarded on the floor at the end of the game. The starting bid for each of the 23 jerseys is $150.00 CDN and can be purchased using Visa, Mastercard, American Express or cash. Additional prize packages will also be available on the auction tables as provided by Jetsgo, Brine, Budget Car and Truck Rental, Joe Badali’s, the Westin Harbour Castle, Tim Horton’s, the Buffalo Bandits and the Toronto Rock. Finally, a selection of 2004 Toronto Rock Game Worn Jerseys will also be available for sale at the auction tables. All of the proceeds from the auction and jersey sales will be donated to the Ontario Special Olympics.
Tickets are still available for this weeks tilt with the Buffalo Bandits through Ticketmaster outlets online at www.ticketmaster.ca , by phone at (416) 872 5000 or in person at the Box Office at the Air Canada Centre.