A lot of things will have to go right in 2006 for Colin Doyle to match the highs of 2005.
Doyle, the Toronto Rock's star forward, led the National Lacrosse League in scoring last season with 111 points and was named MVP. He also collected his third finals MVP award after scoring five goals in the team's 19-13 championship victory over the Arizona Sting last May.
This fall, the Kitchener native was the sole Rock player named to Canada's world team, which will compete in London, Ont., at the world lacrosse championship in July.
And if that wasn't enough, Doyle starts teachers college next month.
While Doyle is gearing up for another strong campaign with the Rock, if Internet scuttlebutt is true, he almost found a new home this off-season. According to a prominent lacrosse website, a three-team trade was in the works this fall that would have seen Doyle shipped to the Colorado Mammoth with three-time league MVP John Tavares joining the Rock.
Doyle was not bothered by the rumours.
"As far as I'm concerned, nothing came of it so it's buried," he said. "I didn't think it was really an issue at all. It's probably more rumour than anything else. You can't blame Colorado. I'm sure I'm not the only name they tried to get because they're hurting for a lefty."
To a man, Doyle said, the Rock has looked good during training camp and he is anxious to see what he can do in 2006.
"The numbers don't need to get better, they just need to stay strong and continue to make the guys around me better," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting this thing going. I think we've got a great team again.
"This is the time of year when you're just champing at the bit to get into a real game."
He'll get his chance Jan. 7 when the Rock opens the regular schedule against Arizona at the Air Canada Centre.