‘Captain America’ And ‘The Enforcer’ Ink 1-Year Deals
Oakville, ON – Toronto Rock Owner, President and GM Jamie Dawick today announced the re-signing of forwards Tom Schreiber and Kieran McArdle to one-year agreements. Both contracts are pending league approval.
The signing of a couple of American field lacrosse stars with little to no experience in the box game is obviously a bit of a gamble. Dubbed the ‘American Experiment’ by many in the lacrosse world, the signing of Schreiber and McArdle paid off big time for the Rock in 2017.
Schreiber set a new Rock rookie record for points in a season (94), broke the NLL rookie assists record (61), and took home the NLL Rookie of the Year Award. McArdle was a consistent contributor to the Rock offence and drew accolades, and the nickname ‘The Enforcer’, from fans and teammates alike for his gritty play and his willingness to drop the gloves and stick up for himself and his team.
Schreiber also won his second consecutive Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Most Valuable Player award and his Ohio Machine captured the Steinfeld Cup as MLL Champions this summer.
“I’m thrilled to re-sign with the Rock,” said Schreiber. “I had a great experience in year one and I couldn’t be more excited for year two. I want to improve as much as I can week-to-week. I’d like to develop into whatever role the staff sees fit. From a team perspective, like everyone else, the goal is to contend for a championship.”
So, you can now put away the beakers, bunsen burners and test tubes, these two players are the real deal and Dawick believes there’s more to come from the pair.
“He is arguably the best lacrosse player in the world right now,” said Dawick of Schreiber. “What he did last year with us was pretty remarkable and I believe he’s only going to get better. I’m excited about adding him to the mix with Robbie (Hellyer) and (Adam) Jones. We are in a very fortunate position right now with such a deep offensive group.”
McArdle played in 14 games for the Rock in 2017, putting up an impressive 36 points (17+19). He followed that up with a strong summer, playing outdoors for the MLL’s Florida Launch where he scored 32 goals in just 10 games and led the team with 46 points.
“I thought Kieran made great strides and had a great year last year,” said Dawick. “He was a good player for us and I look for him to continue to develop and be a key contributor on the left side for us.”
Both Schreiber and McArdle will also suit up for Team USA against Team Canada in the upcoming Heritage Cup indoor lacrosse exhibition game at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre on Saturday, October 21st. Tickets for that game are available at ticketmaster.ca and event organizers are currently running a 2 for 1 promotion.
Toronto Rock training camp is slated to begin on Friday, November 3rd at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, ON. The Rock will play three exhibition games at the TRAC in November before beginning the regular season at Buffalo against the Bandits on Friday, December 8.
2018 Season Tickets are on sale now. Please visit torontorock.com/tickets or call 416-596-3075 to purchase or for more information.