Doyle dour at deal

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

A "thoroughly disappointed" Colin Doyle got a sour wedding present from the Rock yesterday.

The former National Lacrosse League MVP and scoring leader was shipped to the San Jose Stealth, along with recently acquired defender Darren Halls and a 2007 first-round pick.

In return, the Rock receives forward Ryan Benesch (the first overall pick in the 2006 NLL entry draft), transition threats Kevin Fines and Chad Thompson, and first-round draft picks in 2008 and 2009.

Doyle, who is preparing for Saturday's nuptials, said he was shocked by the trade.

"I really wanted to play my whole career with one team, it's something that doesn't happen very often anymore," Doyle said.

"It's tough to give so much to a franchise, but I have a lot of great memories."

For his part, Benesch was thrilled to be joining the Rock, but admitted there would be "a lot of pressure" in trying to replace Doyle, who he idolized growing up in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Benesch, a lefty scorer like Doyle in a league starving for talented southpaws, tallied 81 points (42 goals, 39 assists) in junior play this past summer.

Thompson, the ninth selection in the 2005 draft and Fines, who collected 27 points last season, are expected to add much-needed speed to the Rock attack.

Director of lacrosse operations Mike Kloepfer said Doyle was in high demand around the league and it showed in the package he fetched.

"Once these young players get here and start showing what they can do, and what they can contribute, I think our fans will be excited," he said.

Doyle, 29, spent nine seasons in Toronto, seven as an all-pro, and collected a league-record three playoff MVP selections.

He finished first or second in team scoring in each of the past seven campaigns.

The Rock's season begins Jan. 13 in Rochester.


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