NICK ROSE AGREES TO ONE-YEAR DEAL
Rock Solidify Goaltending For Another Year
Toronto Rock Owner, President and GM Jamie Dawick announced today that goaltender Nick Rose has agreed to a one-year contract. The signing is pending league approval.
“I am excited, with the move to Hamilton, I’m looking forward to putting our stamp on the city,” expressed Rose about the upcoming NLL season.
There has been no doubt about who the number one man between the pipes is with Rose having 67 consecutive starts in the Rock cage. When the 21-22 season gets underway, there’s no reason to believe things will change drastically as Rose begins his 12th NLL season. While goaltenders don’t typically wear a leadership letter on their jerseys, Rose is definitely a key part of the team’s leadership group.
“Rosey has been an incredibly important part of this team for a long time,” said Dawick. “He’s one of the leaders of this group and plays a very important role on and off the floor. The goaltender on any team tends to stick out and Nick has been our backbone for a lot of years.”
Originally drafted by the Rock in the 2008 NLL Draft, Rose didn’t make the cut in Toronto and began his career path to being an NLL starter in Boston with the now defunct Blazers. After a couple of years, and a dispersal draft, Rose found himself in Calgary with the Roughnecks. He didn’t spend much time in Calgary as the Rock swung a trade during the 2012 season to bring in the successor to Bob Watson in the Toronto net.
During the shortened 19-20 season, Rose was on pace for the best season of his career. His 9.41 goals-against-average and .816 save percentage were the kind of numbers that get goalies consideration for post season individual recognition. But with Rosey, it’s always team first and the club had overcome some adversity and was beginning to see some injured players come back to the lineup when the season was halted.
“Personally, I just want to be playing my best lacrosse, no matter what the stats say,” said Rose. “We need to be good in all facets of the game if we want to reach our goal of winning a championship. I’m looking forward to seeing the familiar faces of old teammates and getting to know the new ones. It will be important for us to get off to a good start as a group, picking up where we left off, and get moving on the path towards our ultimate goal.”
Dawick also recognizes that the time is now given the elite level of play he’s received recently from Rose.
“At this point, I think he’s playing the best he’s ever played,” explained Dawick. “He’s been very consistent for us over a long period time. We’re hopeful that he can win a championship with the Rock and he’s very deserving of one. We believe he’s the guy to lead us to a championship and that’s our goal, as a group.”
The Toronto Rock Home Opener is scheduled for Saturday, December 4 at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre. Tickets for the game are now on sale to the general public through ticketmaster.ca and torontorock.com.
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