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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”

Dean McLeod Honoured by Lacrosse Canada

Lacrosse Canada (formerly the CLA) announced today that Brampton’s Dean McLeod has been honoured as the recipient of the 2021 Lester B. Pearson Award. The award is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions and dedication to the lacrosse community.

Dean McLeod honoured
Dean McLeod at the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame

In his 50+ years with Brampton lacrosse, Dean has built an outstanding resume, having made contributions in nearly every way possible. As both a player and General Manager Dean has won Minto and Mann Cup titles with the Brampton Excelsiors. Since 1967 he has served on the Executive Committee, eventually being named both a life member of the BELC and honourary life time Director. He also serves on the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame Committee and has overseen the induction of many local lacrosse stars.

As well, Dean has been honoured at the provincial level. In 1985 he was given the “Mr. Lacrosse Award” by the OLA. In 1991 he was named a life member of the OLA, and in 1998 was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame. A standout achievement of his involvement with provincial lacrosse was serving 37 years as Commissioner of the Ontario Jr. A Lacrosse League before retiring in 2018. Recently the OJALL announced McLeod would be returning to the organization as an advisor and historian.

The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame also inducted him for his longstanding contributions to the game, especially his involvement, as OJALL Commissioner, with the Minto Cup. The most recent honour Bestowed upon Dean McLeod by Lacrosse Canada also includes a life membership in the organization.

This incredible news has come just a week after it was announced that the BELC had named Dean, along with three other life members, no longer in good standing. Shortly before this decision, Dean had resigned from the Executive Committee and spoken to the OLA about the dealings of the Major Excelsiors’ sale.

See the announcement from Lacrosse Canada here.