Four former Brampton Excelsiors have been named to the NLL Hall of Fame Class of 2021. The league announced their inductees this morning and we were excited to see some great Exelsiors representation among the ten players and referees.
Colin Doyle played all over the CLA during his Sr. A career, but spent a half a decade as a stand out on the Brampton Excelsiors. Joining the team in 2003 he made an immediate impact, finishing second overall in scoring that year (behind team mate Josh Sanderson). He spent four of the next 6 years with Brampton (he played for Coquitlam in the WLA in 2005 and 2007), winning back to back Mann Cups in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 he was traded to Six Nations. Colin Doyle was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame as a Forward.
Pat McCready came to Brampton in 2005 from the St. Catherine’s Athletics and finished fourth on the team in scoring. Though he didn’t put up the same numbers in the following years, Pat was a noticeable contributor to the team on the back end, culminating in a Mann Cup title in 2008. In 2009 he was traded to St. Regis, ending his time with the Excelsiors. McCready was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame as a defenceman.
Shawn Williams began his time with the Excelsiors with a brief stint in 1995 before returning to his hometown Brooklin Redmen. In 2009 he rejoined the team mid season, scoring 30 points in just seven regular season games. During MSL playoffs he finished third on the team in scoring behind Josh Sanderson and Colin Doyle before leading the team to a Mann Cup victory over New Westminster with another 29 points in the seven game series. In 2010 WIlliams again finished the regular season third on the team in scoring with 49 points in eleven games. Unfortunately Shawn’s arm was broken just three games into the playoffs and was unable to play the remainder of the season. Instead he joined the bench staff to lend his incredible knowledge to the team. In 2011 Williams was returned to Brooklin to finish his career. Shawn Williams was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame as a forward.
Bill Fox played for the 1980 Brampton Excelsiors. Playing alongside other Excelsiors legends such as Bram Wilfong, Barry Maruk and Tom Patrick, Fox helped the team hoist their fourth Mann Cup. Bill returned to the team the following year where they again made it to the championship, but lost to the New Westminster Salmonbellies in four games. Despite his contributions to the Excelsiors, Brampton fans will perhaps remember Bill Fox best for his decades of officiating. Though many didn’t agree with his calls, Fox was well respected and considered one of the league’s best officials. Bill Fox was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame as a referee.
We are incredibly proud of the contributions these four have made not only to the Brampton Excelsiors, but to the game of lacrosse, and we thank the NLL for recognizing this. This great news follows just shortly after former Excelsiors goalie Bob Watson, already a member of the NLL Hall of Fame, was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Dean McLeod was honoured with the Lester B. Pearson Award. This has been a fantastic few weeks for members of the Brampton Excelsiors family!
The NLL’s full press release can be found here.