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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”

ELLA Wins Appeal

Ontario Lacrosse Association OLA logo ELLA appeal

It is with great pleasure we announce that the ELLA has won the appeal with the OLA to rescind the March 3 vote, which approved the move of the Brampton Excelsiors. An appeal was submitted on the grounds that the vote was held by the OLA Board of Governors. Article R25.03 states this vote must be held by the Board of Directors. After a hearing held on Thursday, the appeals committee found the vote to have been in violation of the constitution.

In light of this, the previous vote has been rescinded with a new one to be held, by the proper group, in the coming days. While the Board of Directors may still vote in favour of the move, we are happy that the OLA has shown integrity in holding up its bylaws and correcting the mistake. We are hopeful this means they will also recognize and correct the issues surrounding the sale and move of our team.

The ELLA has requested the opportunity to present our case directly to the OLA Board of Directors so we may fully explain the intricacies of our arguments and answer any questions the Board may have. For further details, please be sure to follow us on twitter, instagram and facebook. We would once again like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who have supported the ELLA in our fight to save the Brampton Excelsiors. That love for the game is the reason we’re doing this.

UPDATE: ELLA Reps Present Case to OLA

OLA Declares Free Agents

On March 15, 2021, the OLA was asked to review the agency of four players. The players in question; Jeff Teat, Connor McClelland, Travis Burton and Clarke Petterson requested the review. The case being made was that the Brampton/Owen Sound Major franchise ownership had failed to comply with article R6.23(d) of the OLA constitution. This requires the reimbursement of $300 paid to the Jr. A affiliate of any protected players. It was found that the Major club had violated the constitution and all four players declared to be free agents. This means that they are no longer required to sign with the franchise now in Owen Sound. They may sign elsewhere at their own discretion.

Travis Burton Clarke Petterson Connor McClelland Jeff Teat free agents
Clockwise from top left: Travis Burton, Clarke Petterson, Connor McClelland, Jeff Teat have all been declared free agents in the MSL

The ELLA is happy to hear this news. It not only shows that OLA leadership is willing to send a strong message about rules which have, in the past, been ignored, but it also provides these players the opportunity to play for a club where they feel comfortable and happy. Since the announcement of the team’s move, a number of Brampton Excelsiors players publicly expressed disdain and an unwillingness to play for Mr. Norton in Owen Sound. They may, if they so wish, still sign with the team. The ELLA are satisfied that the choice will be theirs to make. There may also be further announcements of OLA free agents to come if more similar violations are found.

In the wake of the Board of Governor’s vote to move the team, which defied the OLA constitution, this is a great move by the organization. It will help restore faith in the leadership and their willingness to follow their rules. Holding the vote to approve the Excelsiors’ move with the wrong group has received heavy criticism from the public and the ELLA. We will still appeal this vote and fight to bring the Excelsiors home. This is a step in the right direction and gives us hope that the OLA will do the right thing.