Rock sign leading scorer Billings to one-year deal
11/1/2012 5:39:45 PM
The Toronto Rock signed forward Garrett Billings to a one-year agreement on Thursday. Last season, the Langley, BC native established a new team record with 114 points as well as setting a new NLL record with 82 assists.
Billings was runner-up in NLL MVP voting to John Grant Jr. of Colorado, who set a new league scoring mark with 116 points. Billings' 114 points ranks third on the NLL all-time single-season scoring chart behind Grant (116) and Buffalo's John Tavares (115).
"I'm happy to be back with the Rock," said an exuberant Billings. "We're all ready to take another run at the Champion's Cup. It's an exciting time to be a part of this organization and we hope the city of Toronto is as ready as we are."
The 26-year old sniper's most impressive accomplishment may have come on March 31st in a game against the Buffalo Bandits when he figured in on every one of the Rock's 15 goals on the evening, collecting 4 goals and 11 assists for 15 points. In the process setting a team record for most points in a game, falling just shy of the NLL record held by Buffalo's Mark Steenhuis of 17 points in a game.
"The individual success is always secondary to me," explained Billings. "For every single person in our organization, last season's goal was not fulfilled. We want to play another championship game in front of our fans in May and win another Champion's Cup."
Billings came just shy of his first Mann Cup championship in August with his hometown Langley Thunder of the Western Lacrosse Association. Billings led the Mann Cup in scoring, registering 7 goals and 25 assists for 31 points in the six-game championship series.
"Getting that close to winning a championship and not winning is an awful feeling," said Billings of his first trip to a Mann Cup championship. "It's something I never want to feel again, I just want to win another championship and that journey begins in January in Toronto."
Billings won two Minto Cup titles with Burnaby (2004 & 2005), an NCAA Division I title with Virginia (2006) and a Champion's Cup with the Rock (2011).