Toronto – The Rock are very pleased to announce that the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable David C. Onley, will be participating in the ceremonial ball drop before the final Rock game on Sunday afternoon. NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings will also take part in the pre-game ceremonies which will include a tribute to Captain Jim Veltman.
The Rock will play their last game of the 2008 season this weekend when they host the Philadelphia Wings on Sunday April 27th at 1:00 p.m. EST. The afternoon will honour Jim Veltman’s success as Captain of the Toronto Rock for the last ten years and his influence in the NLL. The Sunday afternoon game will be recognized as a Jim Veltman Tribute Game.
The Rock (7-8) were unable to secure a playoff spot this year following a 12-11 overtime defeat by the Calgary Roughnecks on the road last weekend. The Philadelphia Wings (9-6) will need to win the game in order to continue their season.
The afternoon Jim Veltman Tribute game will include special presentations, tribute videos, fan presentations, in-game giveaways and special guests.
“I commend Jim for his years of leadership as Captain of the Rock and applaud his dedication to Ontario’s aboriginal communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Onley. “Reaching out to Ontario’s native youth will build bridges through the love of sport.”
As part of the afternoon celebration and as an acknowledgment to our long time Captain, the team will be wearing a collection of commemorative Jim Veltman jerseys during the pre-game warm up.
In addition, thirteen of these special jerseys will be available to bid on during a Silent Auction inside Gate One on the ACC concourse. These particular Veltman autographed jerseys have been re-created to reflect each design that Jim has worn during his career with the Rock and will be crested with a tribute Captain “C” patch.
The Silent Auction will begin at 12:00 p.m. and conclude when the ball drops in the third quarter. Proceeds from this auction will be donated to Jim Veltman’s charitable projects which include a summer trip with his family to the Northern Ontario Native community of Attawapiskat and Right to Play, as described on the Rock website at www.torontorock.com .
As the Rock’s Tenth Anniversary winds down, the Rock are looking forward to this special day to not only give Jim Veltman the tribute he deserves but to thank our fans for their never-ending support over the years.