Doyle brings championship experience to Stealth 

He’s 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, scores goals, dishes out assists and is guaranteed to make fans and teammates smile.

Meet forward Colin Doyle, the San Jose Stealth’s big holiday addition. The 2005 National Lacrosse League Most Valuable Player was actually obtained from the Toronto Rock two days after Christmas, but the Stealth will unveil their prized acquisition against the Rochester Nighthawks tonight at 7:30 in their season opener at HP Pavilion.

"Colin was at his first practice [Wednesday] night and when you’re able to bring in someone of his stature it definitely makes the workouts bright," San Jose general manager Johnny Mouradian said. "He’s a guy who makes all the players around him better."

Mouradian believes Doyle will help San Jose reach the playoffs after the team missed out the past two years. The Stealth suffered a number of one- and two-goal losses on their way to a 5-11 record a year ago and sometimes struggled to score at key times. While playing for Toronto in 2006, Doyle had 96 points (43 goals, 53 assists), which is 36 more than any San Jose player had last year.

Doyle also has a knack for playing his best in the most important games, as he led Toronto to five NLL championships in his eight years with the club and was named championship MVP three times.

Doyle will be joining a fair amount of returning offensive talent in San Jose, as second-year forwards Luke Wiles and Jeff Zywicki and veteran attacker Gary Rosyski are all back.

That trio combined for 64 goals last year and Zywicki was named Attackman of the World while representing Team Canada at the World Lacrosse Championships last summer.

"We feel really good about our offense and power play," Mouradian said. "We should be able to score some goals."

Fans of Major League Lacrosse’s San Francisco Dragons will recognize several key members of the San Jose defense. Tim Booth, Steve Holmes and Eric Martin all played for the Dragons in their inaugural 2006 season and will look to keep the pressure off returning All-Star goalie Anthony Cosmo.

"Anthony’s one of the best in the league," Mouradian said. "We definitely feel like we’re contenders this year."

GAME DAY

Stealth (0-0) vs. Nighthawks (0-0)

WHEN: Today, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: HP Pavilion, San Jose

TV: FSN

RADIO: KLIV (1590 AM)

melliser@examiner.com

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