Rock forward Colin Doyle thinks fans will be missing out if they don't check out the cream of the National Lacrosse League crop this afternoon at the Air Canada Centre.
"It's a real luxury to see the world's best lacrosse players," Doyle, the league's third-leading scorer, said. "When you get to play with guys of this calibre, it certainly makes for an awesome evening."
Rock content in the all-star game will be high.
Besides Doyle, team captain Jim Veltman, NLL scoring leader Josh Sanderson, Blaine Manning and Phil Sanderson also will play for the East squad.
Portland Lumberjax goaltender Dallas Eliuk will become the only player to have played in all six all-star games when he splits time for the West tomorrow with former Rock 'keeper Anthony Cosmo.
Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares scored an overtime goal last year to lead the East to an 11-10 victory in Calgary in front of 11,511 fans.
All-stars strut their stuff
Participants from the nine other NLL clubs showed their stuff in a skills competition at the half of the Philadelphia-Toronto contest.
John Grant of the Rochester Knighthawks had the hardest shot for the second year in a row, Gavin Prout of the Colorado Mammoth was the most accurate shooter and Jonas Derks of the Arizona Sting won the creativity contest.
New York expansion soon
NLL commissioner Jim Jennings confirmed to The Sun last night that in a couple of weeks, an expansion team will be placed "In a major market in the northeast U.S."
According to a number of league sources, the team will play in New York City, but some games may be played on Long Island.