Rock player profiles

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

BRIAN BEISEL DEFENCE

6-4, 210 -- Big Bees led all Rock defenders in points last season. Briefly a member of the Ontario Raiders/Rock in 1998-99, he rejoined the club last season following a trade with San Jose.

SCOTT CAMPBELL DEFENCE

6-0, 220 -- Strong and tough, Campbell is expected to punish opponents for getting too close to goalie Bob Watson. Had an injury-plagued rookie year with Minnesota in 2005.

J.J. DICKIE FORWARD

6-2, 220 -- Free-agent signing plays with heart and toughness and likes to throw his weight around. Was on the practice roster in 2001-02.

COLIN DOYLE FORWARD

6-3, 215 -- The reigning NLL MVP and franchise goal leader will again lead the potent Rock offence. NLL rookie of the year in 1998 and with three playoff MVP awards, has only gotten better from there.

CHRIS DRISCOLL FORWARD

6-0 190 -- Veteran transition player enters his third full season with the Rock. Productive scorer tied for third in the NLL with three short-handed goals, also finished in the top 25 in loose balls and shooting percentage last season.

MAT GILES FORWARD

6-3, 245 -- Acquired in a trade with Portland, he scored 23 points in 15 games with Rochester in 2005. A reliable scorer when given the chance. Registered 34 goals and 60 points with now-defunct Ottawa in 2003.

JASON HENHAWK FORWARD

5-11, 220 -- Big, strong lefty with natural goal-scoring instincts. Tied Jim Veltman for third in Ontario senior B league scoring this summer. Free-agent signing meshed well with Colin Doyle and Josh Sanderson in training camp.

CHET KONECZNY DEFENCE

5-11, 180 -- Selected in the third round of the 2005 entry draft by the Rock and the only drafted player to stick with the team. A skilled passer, he will start the season on the practice roster. Played under Rock assistant coach Matt Sawyer with the junior A Orangeville Northmen.

RUSTY KRUGER FORWARD

5-8, 175 -- Acquired in the 2004 deal that brought Josh Sanderson to Toronto. One of many dangerous Rock attackers. Scored 22 points in 10 games last season.

DAN LADOUCEUR DEFENCE

6-6, 245 -- Rugged defender and team leader makes opponents pay the price. A Rock member since 1999, he is also a police officer with the Durham Region SWAT team.

BRAD MACDONALD DEFENCE

5-11, 185 -- Acquired in an off-season trade with Calgary. Is steady in his own end but also has a tremendous feel for the game on offence.

BLAINE MANNING FORWARD

6-1, 210 -- Another key to the Rock's attack, he finished in a second-place tie in league scoring last season with 105 points. Gifted young sniper also can pass like few others.

ROB MARSHALL DEFENCE

6-3, 185 -- Signed as a free agent, the 21-year-old rookie is the Rock's youngest player. Won a Founders Cup, national junior B championship with Elora this past summer.

PATRICK MERRILL FORWARD

6-0 180 -- The NLL's first overall pick in 2002 is a defensive force on the floor. Clears the net and batters opponents. Led the Rock and finished 13th in the league with 39 penalty minutes.

TIM O'BRIEN DEFENCE

6-1, 200 -- Perhaps the most feared player in the NLL. He is a fan favourite at the ACC and will not back down from anyone. Collected six loose balls and 23 penalty minutes in 2005 after sitting out the previous year due to injuries.

JAY PREECE GOALIE

6-2, 210 -- Will once again play on the Rock's practice team. Big and quick and ready to go when called upon.

IAN RUBEL DEFENCE

6-0, 200 -- Hard-rock collected 31 penalty minutes and 20 loose balls in 2005. Acquired from Vancouver in 2003.

PHIL SANDERSON DEFENCE

5-9, 175 -- A solid all-around player, he tallied 13 points in 16 2005 games while finishing sixth in the NLL in loose balls with 113, one ahead of his cousin Josh. Scored a huge goal in the 2005 East final to propel the Rock to the title game.

JOSH SANDERSON FORWARD

5-7, 150 -- The Adam Oates of the NLL, nobody sets up teammates like Sanderson. Thrived in his first season in Toronto playing for his father Terry, setting a league record with 71 assists in 2005 and finished tied for fourth in scoring with 102 points.

MATT SHEARER FORWARD

6-0, 185 -- Gifted goal-scorer found the back of the net 17 times in 2005, the fifth-best mark on the club. Has topped 25 goals in five of his eight NLL seasons.

DEREK SUDDONS DEFENCE

6-2, 210 -- Dependable, steady veteran has missed only one game in his four-year NLL career.

MATT TAYLOR FORWARD

5-11, 200 -- Rookie forward showed a nice offensive touch in the pre-season. Won two consecutive Canadian university field lacrosse championships as a student at Brock before signing with the Rock as a free agent. Will start season on the practice roster.

JIM VELTMAN FORWARD

6-2, 185 -- One of the most respected figures in all of lacrosse. The classy Rock captain annually leads the league in loose balls collected and though his offensive numbers slipped last year, the former league MVP is still a dangerous offensive threat.

BOB WATSON GOALIE

6-0 195 -- The Rock's "rock" between the pipes, Watson has backstopped the team to each of their five titles. Was solid again in 2005, leading the NLL in wins while finishing fourth in goals-against average.

PHIL WETHERUP GOALIE

6-1, 200 -- Dependable backup enters his second season with the Rock after coming on board as a free agent prior to last season. Dressed for 16 games and appeared in five for the Rock in 2005.

AARON WILSON FORWARD

5-9, 175 -- Yet another offensive star in a lineup filled with them. Led league in short-handed goals and his 41 goals were good for sixth in the league. His 74 points in 2005 nearly doubled his previous career high.

- Head Coach and GM: Terry Sanderson, Asst. Coaches: John Lovell, Matt Sawyer, Assistant GM: Bob Clevely


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