Less than a week ago, Rock captain Jim Veltman's future in Toronto looked tenuous at best. Instead, the club announced last night that the 41-year old has inked a five-year deal to remain with the franchise he has been a part of since 1998 when it was known as the Hamilton Raiders.
Veltman will spend one more season adding to his National Lacrosse League loose balls collected record, before heading behind the bench to complement long-time teammate Glenn Clark.
"I've seen this franchise right from the beginning and have always prided myself on (its success)," Veltman said.
"I really want to be part of getting back to where we were," he added, referring to the five championships the Rock has won during his tenure.
Last Wednesday Veltman and Rock president Brad Watters acknowledged that the Colorado Mammoth had made a substantial offer that would have seen the 15-year-veteran, who began his career with the Buffalo Bandits in 1992, retire to become head coach.