By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
The Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League signed Lion's Head native Rob Hellyer to a 3-year contract extension that runs through 2023.
The signing last week prolongs a continuous run for Hellyer with the club.
After playing 2 seasons with the Bluewater ProTeam Junior B entry in Owen Sound where he was selected as the Western Conference Rookie of the Year in 2009, Hellyer would make his pro debut in Toronto just 2 seasons later.
Remarkably in professional lacrosse, a sport where careers aren't always lengthy and in a league in which player movement among franchises is fairly common, Rob Hellyer has played his entire 9 year career with the Rock, albeit, he did miss the entire 2017 season recovering from a torn ACL.
Last year in a shortened season, Hellyer scored 32 times which allowed him to bypass the 200 career goal mark.
He also blew by the the 500 point barrier and currently sits with 541 career points.
That career point total means Hellyer is 5th all-time in Rock scoring, trailing only Colin Doyle, Blaine Manning, Josh Sanderson and Stephan Leblanc, certainly prominent names in the history of the franchise.
And while cracking the Top 5 is definitely impressive, it also is a measure of the challenge in front of Robbie Hellyer if he has aspirations of becoming the all time Toronto points leader.
His current point total is essentially 500 points back of Doyle who put up more than a thousand points during his 15 years in a Rock uniform.
We'll see how far up the Rock scoring chart Robbie Hellyer can climb with a new 3 year contract extension.
I'm Fred Wallace