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BELC Announces Major and Junior Staff

Excelsiors Major Junior Staff

Following false reports of a change in the Jr. B Excelsiors coaching staff, the BELC has announced the confirmed 2022 staff for both the Major and Junior teams. They are as follows:

General Manager/Head Coach – Dan Teat
Assistant General Manager – Jamie Dubrick
Assistant Coach – Brian Beisel
Assistant Coach – Chris Driscol

Jr. A:
General Manager – Chris Lowe
Head Coach – Paddy O’Toole
Offensive Coach – Mike Burke
Defensive Coach – Dylan Evans

Jr. B:
General Manager – Brent McCauley
Assistant General Manager – Clint Nickerson
Head Coach – Todd Wilfong
Assistant Coach – Evan Whillans
Assistant Coach – Greg Phillips

The BELC also made it clear that the former BELC website as well as the former BELC twitter account are not representative of the club and should not be trusted for club related news. These are among the assets yet to be turned over by the former board who were dismissed by the membership. For trusted BELC news please follow the club’s recognized twitter accounts (BELC, Jr. A, Jr. B) or the official BELC facebook page. At this tme, the BELC does not have an official website.

OLA to Recognize BELC Board of Directors

Some great news issued by the BELC Executive Committee:

OLA to recognize the BELC Board of Directors as elected by the members on December 7th

Since the October 4th, 2021 special membership meeting, there has been a dispute as to who rightly represents the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club. Our position has always been to follow the directive of the membership and its constitution.  We are pleased to announce that the OLA Board of Directors have definitively recognized the BELC Board of Directors under the presidency of Glenn McClelland.

We respect that the OLA did their due diligence in carefully reviewing all documentation. We, as a board, are eager and excited to represent our membership and continue the preparation for the 2022 OLA season. We have a new and dedicated group of directors with many dynamic ideas to continually grow and foster the Excelsior legacy. This will be a fantastic year for the Brampton Excelsiors.  We would like to thank our members, the city of Brampton and their leadership, the stakeholders and our many lacrosse fans.  This result would not have been possible without your support!

The elected directors are as follow:
Glenn McClelland – President
Dean McLeod – Vice President
Matt Bowman – Secretary
Ron Evans – Treasurer
Dan Teat – GM Majors
Chris Lowe – GM Jr. A
Brent McCauley – GM Jr. B
Clint Nickerson – Director at Large
Bob Boddam – Director at Large
Wes Jackson – Director at Large
Dave Succamore – Director at Large
Brock Boyle – Director at Large
Keith Slinger – Director at Large

Here’s to welcoming Brampton Excelsior Lacrosse back to the floor and fields for the 2022 season and beyond. 

Yours in Lacrosse,

Glenn McClelland, BELC President

BELC Dismisses Directors

Brampton Excelsiors Logo

On Monday night, the membership of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club held a special general meeting to discuss and carry out a number of points of business.

The first significant motion made was to reinstate two life members, Dan Teat and Dean McLeod who had previously been declared not in good standing by the Board of Directors. It should be noted that the board reinstated Mike Hasen and Brian Beisel the previous day. The motion was unanimously passed, returning all four who were removed to a position of good standing with the club.

Following this, a motion was made to recognize Ron Evans as a duly elected Director. After openly speaking out against the sale of the Major Excelsiors, the operation of the club and the conduct of other board members, he was removed in a private meeting of the Executive. This violated the Corporations Act which states only the members have such a right. After a brief explanation of the situation, the membership voted unanimously to recognize Ron as a director once again.

The most significant item of business that night was a resolution to immediately relieve the sitting board of Directors, with the exception of Ron Evans, of all duties. Matt Bowman was recognized as a special delegate on behalf of ELLA, informing the membership of our group’s inception, goals and discoveries regarding this sale. He made an impassioned speech detailing how the member’s voices had been silenced and their rights infringed upon. ELLA President Glenn McClelland further explained why it was imperative for the members to take immediate action. After a long and tough but important discussion, the resolution was passed unanimously.

As the only remaining Director, Ron Evans was left with the authority, according to the BELC constitution, to fill any vacant positions on the committee by appointment. With the approval of the membership, Ron appointed Matt Bowman, Glenn McClelland, John Sanderson, Dean McLeod and Brian Beisel (it should be noted that Beisel declined the appointment). All positions filled are up for election at the next AGM. Following this, Glenn McClelland accepted a nomination as interim President of the BELC, which was unanimously approved by the members.

Notably missing from the meeting was the former Board of Directors. When a request for the meeting was duly submitted by the members, the board chose to disregard the stated business, instead holding their own town hall style meeting. They were informed the member’s meeting would proceed as planned, and that they were welcome to attend. None of them took this opportunity and were marked as absent from the meeting.

The interim committee has been tasked with appointing representatives of the BELC teams to attend the OLA AGM being held in November, as well as addressing the issues surrounding the currently planned BELC AGM. When a solution is found, all BELC members are strongly encouraged to exercise their rights to nominate a new slate of directors, propose constitutional changes, attend the AGM and vote!

Congratulations to the interim directors and thank you to the membership for supporting and carrying on ELLA’s fight to keep the Excelsiors in Brampton!

Interim Board of Directors:

Glenn McClelland – President

Matt Bowman – Secretary

Ron Evans – Treasurer

Dean McLeod – Director at large

John Sanderson – Director at large


Yesterday, notice was given of the upcoming BELC AGM. It is to be held on Monday, October 25.


All BELC members in good standing have the right to attend, vote and speak at any general meeting, including the AGM. The public is also welcome to attend. Members must email BELC President Ziggy Musial ( notifying him of their intent to attend the meeting by Sunday, October 10th. He will be obligated to respond with the details of location and time. It should be noted that the website does not make any mention of the time or location of the meeting. This information is required by the BELC Constitution. Article 2:11(a) states “[…] A notice of the date, time and location of the AGM shall be communicated to the members of the BELC at least 45 days in advance.”

To be clear, this is open to ALL members in good standing. BELC Membership includes the current Directors, life members, the head coaches of BELC teams from the past year of competition and the chair of any active BELC Auxiliary Committee.

Members also have the right to nominate Directors and submit suggestions for amendments to the constitution at the BELC AGM. Nominations will be open starting Friday, September 10th until October 25th. Suggestions for constitutional amendments will be accepted until Saturday, September 25th.

We encourage all available members to make the effort to attend this AGM, and all subsequent meetings. This is how and when the membership has the most power to effect changes and choose the direction the club will follow. In light of recent events, this year’s BELC AGM could be one of the most important ever held.

For those unfamiliar with it, the BELC’s 2017 constitution (the most recent version made available) has been included below along with a copy of the BELC Executive Committee Nomination Form and the BELC Constitutional Amendment Form for your convenience. Both of the latter forms can also be found in the appendices of the constitution.

Excelsiors Staying in Brampton!

Brampton Excelsiors Logo
The Brampton Excelsiors are Staying!

It is with great pleasure that the ELLA can announce the Brampton Excelsiors will remain in Brampton where they belong. After months of research and fighting, the OLA today notified our members that they have found the sale of the team by the BELC Executives to Joe Norton of Bug Juice to be illegal, voting not to approve it. Because of this the Board of Directors has disallowed both the proposed move and the sale of the team, reverting ownership back to the BELC and its members until such a time that those involved can produce documentation proving the sale was carried out legally.

By all accounts the proceedings of the sale violated both the BELC’s own constitution, as well as the Ontario Corporations Act. In April, three of our members, accompanied by Dean McLeod, presented this information to the OLA Board of Directors. After waiting for consultation with their lawyers and deliberation, we are ecstatic to hear they have upheld our stance.

Some have argued on social media that these are loopholes, they shouldn’t matter and the team was doomed. However these laws and rules exist for a reason. So that the membership, the rightful collective owners of a not for profit corporation’s assets, are not exploited or taken advantage of. They exist to stop exactly what happened to the Brampton Excelsiors. The membership had no say in this sale and in fact, were not even aware the team was being sold until after the contract had been signed and finalized. There is a lot which could have been done, which now will be done, had those in charge been transparent and faithful.

Over the past months while our group were the ones speaking out and fighting, we have had an incredible amount of support from BELC members, Brampton fans, alumni and even people from outside the Excelsiors family. That support was more important than we can say. There were times we all felt defeated and beat, but when we did the people counting on us to save this team pushed us through. We could not have gotten to this point without them. Those people have proven that there is a fan base for lacrosse in Brampton, that it’s NOT unviable to run an MSL team here. Thank you.

We know that there will be many lacrosse fans in Owen Sound upset to hear this news. The same way we wanted to save our team, they hoped to get a team. Owen Sound has a strong and respectable history of lacrosse, including a Mann Cup title. We sincerely hope that the MSL will make the continued effort to bring an expansion franchise to these fans who were promised Major Series lacrosse.

We’re all feeling really elated right now and are happy to have our team back. However this does not mean our work is over. Going forward the BELC membership must ensure that the right people are placed in charge. Change needs to happen and Brampton lacrosse cannot survive without it. What the future holds for the Brampton Excelsiors we cannot say. But do know that the ELLA will continue to do everything we can to secure the future of the team and promote lacrosse in Brampton. These events have guaranteed that whatever happens next to the team, will be with the agreement and consent of the BELC membership at large, not a select group without any other say in the matter.

The roaring torrent is deep and wide!
And loud that clarion voice replied,

On Behalf of Dean McLeod

Recently ELLA has been in contact with former BELC director Dean McLeod. After coming out against his fellow directors and openly opposing the sale and move of the Major Excelsiors, Dean has also stood alongside our own representatives to address the OLA and supported our arguments to keep our team. He has reached out, and asked us to post the following message on his behalf.

Dean McLeod

“To the supporters of the Brampton Excelsior Major Lacrosse Club; players, coaches, fans and financial supporters I am informing you that I no longer align myself with the Brampton Excelsior Lacrosse Club, (BELC). I will now work alongside the Excelsior Legacy Lacrosse Association (ELLA) group and dedicate my efforts to keeping the Major Excelsiors in Brampton. I feel that it is important for lacrosse to be played in Brampton at all levels, Minor through Major, and that is where I will dedicate my efforts.

I have reached this decision, after about 55 years of being a Board Member of the BELC. I feel that four valued Members of the Excelsior Life Membership program; Dan Teat, Mike Hasen, Brian Beisel and myself, were discredited by the BELC, Board of Directors, in having our voting rights removed from us. Life Memberships were awarded to each of us in recognition of decades of dedication to lacrosse in Brampton, Ontario and Canada.

Dean McLeod.

Lacrosse Canada, Life Member

Ontario Lacrosse, Life Member”

Major Series Lacrosse Classic

Thursday night, during the Major Series Lacrosse “Classic” being held at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville the Brampton Excelsiors competed under the name and jerseys of “Owen Sound”. We would like to reassure Brampton fans and supporters that as of right now, the OLA has not approved the sale or move of the Brampton Major Excelsiors. As the Governing body of the MSL, the OLA has the authority to approve or disapprove the sale and/or move of any franchise. 

Brampton Excelsiors Logo

In our view, having “Owen Sound” compete in the Major Series Classic is nothing more than a back handed bullying tactic. An attempt by those who want the approval pushed through to convince the public that it is finalized and there is nothing more to be done. We want to stress that this is not the case. 

We cannot say for sure that the OLA will block the move, but as of right now the team is still the Brampton Major Excelsiors. Our stance is firm that until such a time as the OLA Board of Directors votes on the sale and move, the Major Excelsiors still reside in Brampton and should be competing as such. 

Since the event was announced last week, the OLA has remained silent on the issue. As they are the governing body over Major Series Lacrosse and responsible for overseeing that the league follows regulations, we hope to see some sort of intervention to stop this, or at the very least an official statement on the issue. We urge our supporters to continue watching for any such statements from the OLA or from the ELLA. When a decision is made, we will notify everyone of it promptly. 

The ELLA has done our research, we have reviewed statements, contracts, constitutions and sought all possible legal and lawful options. We are confident in our opinion that the sale of the Majors was carried out illegally. In April, we have presented this case to the OLA, and other relevant parties, and we hope they agree. However, for now, all sides of this debate are awaiting their vote and subsequent announcement. 

msl classic logo

In the interim we are proceeding with the understanding that the team remains the Brampton Excelsiors. 
This team is part of our history. We have played, coached, volunteered and given our hearts to the Excelsiors. This is not just another team moving in and out of our city. This team is entwined in the history of Brampton and we have built families around it. No one in the ELLA is in any way opposed to a Major Series franchise being put in Owen Sound. In fact, we would be happy to see and support it, because their fans deserve it. But this is not how to make it happen. Ripping something this important away from a community with no input from the membership should not be what anyone wants.

Lastly, we want to wish all the members of the Excelsiors family competing in the Major Series Classic all the best. We hold no ill will against those who choose to play for any of the teams in this event. We want to see those athletes who have grown up in maroon and gold or come to play for Brampton later in their careers succeed to their fullest potential. Despite our qualms with the league, there is no denying that it is some of the best lacrosse in the world and we will not fault anyone for grabbing a chance to play at that level.

This fight is not over and we will keep working to keep the Major Excelsiors in Brampton, where they belong.

Four Excelsiors Join Hall of Fame

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 NLL Hall of Fame
Colin Doyle

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 NLL Hall of Fame
Pat McCready

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 William NLL Hall of Fame
Shawn Williams

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 NLL Hall of Fame
Bill Fox

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.

Canadian Residential Schools

Over the last few days we have struggled to find the right words with which to express our thoughts and feelings on the issue of residential schools. While this is obviously not a new issue, the recent news has brought to light to alarming lack of knowledge and understanding surrounding this dark piece of Canada’s history.

In his famous novel ‘1984’, George Orwell wrote of a government which manipulates it’s citizens into being exactly who those in power want them to be. The book describes in detail how ‘The Party’, through means of torture and forced mental conditioning, subdues dissenters into believing the fabricated realities fed to them. This book if often used as a cautionary example of how unchecked powers could be abused in a dystopian future. However many fail to acknowledge that for thousands of Native-American children, this was a reality.

The first residential boarding school was opened in 1831. For over 150 years, indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and sent to these schools with the express purpose of eliminating their culture – be it through assimilation or death. These children were starved, allowed to fester with disease and abused both physically and sexually until they conformed to the exact expectations of those running the facilities, or they died.

We instill in them a pronounced distaste for the native life so that they will be humiliated when reminded of their origin. When they graduate from our institutions, the children have lost everything except their native blood.”
– Bishop Vital Grandin

The most disturbing part of this is that these schools were never covered up. There was no attempt to hide them from the world, or to deny they ever existed. They were not only accepted, but embraced. It is easy to say that they were from a different time, with different values and understandings. However the last residential school was not closed until 1996. Through confederation, through the entire history of our country until less than thirty years ago, this was being allowed to happen. The worst of it all though, is the complete lack of awareness, of recognition that this occurred.

The news of 215 bodies being discovered has shocked and disgusted nearly everyone. Many people have shown disbelief that something like this could ever have been allowed to happen in Canada, and some have even tried to rationalize it. The fact that such a significant part of our country’s history has been ignored by the education system and hardly acknowledged by the government is the truly shocking part. Residential schools and what happened in them is something every Canadian should be well aware of. This story has shed light not only on what happened at that facility, but on how we as a society can be grow by demanding better education and communication about indigenous history. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission estimated that over 6000 children died as a direct result of residential boarding schools. We need to be willing to acknowledge not only them, but the thousands more who survived and have lived with the trauma for decades.

We feel this is especially vital in our lacrosse community. To play a game given to us by the first nations peoples, to love it and entwine it into our lives without understanding the history of those who shared it with us is detrimental and insulting. The ELLA, as part of our mission to honour and share the history of lacrosse, will work to bring awareness to the history of Canada’s relations with the First-Nations. We strongly urge all our supporters and followers to take the time, now, to learn more about residential schools and the effects it had on indigenous communities. Bigotry and ignorance can not be tolerated in our sport.

Ignoring the past, trying to pretend it didn’t happen, or that it was just an anomaly will not change what happened and only results in more pain and suffering. By acknowledging it, working with those affected to right the wrongs and ensuring it is never repeated we can all move forward towards a better future.

Watson Named to Hall of Fame

The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame announced their 2021 class of inductees yesterday, and may Brampton fans were happy to see Bob Watson on the list. The Guelph native played Jr. A and B. in Kitchener-Waterloo, during which time he won a Founder Cup championship. He is probably best remembered as the Toronto Rock’s goaltender from their inaugural season in 1999 until his retirement after winning the 2011 Champion’s Cup. During this time he also won five other NLL titles, two championship MVP awards, two goaltender of the year awards and set the [still standing] record for fewest goals against in a game before being inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame.

Bob Watson Brampton Excelsiors
Hall of Fame

For many Brampton Excelsiors fans though he is best remembered for backstopping the team to their 2002 Mann Cup championship. For a number of years he proudly wore the maroon and gold in front of roaring home crowds. Regarded as one of the best goalies to ever play the game, Bob Watson left a noticeable impact on Brampton lacrosse, inspiring a generation of young goalies who donned his number and strived for the same level of excellence. Watson is incredibly deserving of the Hall of Fame.

The news follows shortly after Lacrosse Canada honoured another incredible member of the Brampton Excelsiors, Dean McLeod, with the Lester B. Pearson Award. We are incredibly proud of the many accomplishments members of our lacrosse family have achieved and the positive influence they continue to have on the sport. The Excelsiors Legacy is the oldest and one of the greatest in lacrosse. We’re grateful for those setting an example for the next generation to follow.