By Fred Wallace
NLL Star Colin Doyle Retires
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There was a significant moment yesterday in the world of lacrosse, specifically the NLL, when Toronto Rock captain Colin Doyle announced his retirement.
For almost 2 decades, Doyle has been a league fixture, primarily with the Rock where he has served as club captain and is their all-time leader in every imaginable offensive category.
Coming up in March, the Rock will retire Doyle’s jersey # 7 in a ceremony at the Air Canada Centre. Of note, it will be just the second number in franchise history to be honoured; the other being # 29 belonging to netminder Bob Watson.
In confirming his departure, Doyle related that his drive to compete had dwindled and as such, that was the signal to walk away from the sport.
However, in doing so, he stressed he wasn't retiring to spend more time with his family, but in fact was gracious to the sport of lacrosse which actually created an environment and an opportunity for him to be with his family extensively during his playing days.
And that " family " is certainly an extended one; one that branches out to the playing fields of Owen Sound and throughout Ontario where Doyle was a key developer in recent years for the Lady NorthStars program locally, a program which flourished thanks to his involvement and guidance.
Colin Doyle's name and number will hang from the Air Canada Centre, but his influence and impact on the various levels of lacrosse is well known far beyond the ACC.
I'm Fred Wallace