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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

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.

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.

ELLA Reps Present Case to OLA

ELLA Present Case to OLA

Last night, representatives of the ELLA had the chance to present our case to the OLA Board of Directors, after previously winning an appeal. Evidence was given of what we believe was an illegal sale of the Brampton Excelsiors. We also offered a solution to the Board, the MSL and Mr. Norton, which we think will benefit all parties. BELC Honourary Lifetime Director Dean McLeod also spoke to the committee as an individual.

No decision has been made yet, it is unclear exactly when a vote will be held. We would like to thank the OLA for exercising due diligence in this matter and allowing the ELLA to present our case. It is our hope that the proposed solution will be accepted and that everyone involved can come out of this in a better situation.

Remembering Jeff Teat Sr.

Jeff Teat Dan Teat Mann Cup

Today, on the fifth anniversary of his passing, the ELLA would like to remember Jeff Teat Sr. He was a pillar of Brampton lacrosse. Anyone who regularly attended game saw him constantly on the move, helping out wherever needed. His passing left a big hole to fill in the Brampton Excelsiors family.

For over 35 years Jeff worked tirelessly as a volunteer at every level of Brampton lacrosse. As son Dan moved up through Minor, Junior and onto Major so too did Jeff’s volunteer work. Teat helped out sometimes as equipment manager, with merchandise sales, ticket sales, as GM of the Majors and with any little task which needed to be done. Those involved with the team knew him for his generosity and eagerness to pitch in, any way he could. When his grandchildren got old enough to play Jeff could once again be found at minor games, often coaching. He passed on his wealth of knowledge and passion for the game to another generation.

During his time with the Excelsiors Jeff was honored with many awards. His name adorns both the Revis Bennett Award and the Mush Thompson Award. In 2002 he was named a life member of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club. On April 17, 2016 Jeff passed away leaving behind an incredible legacy, having had an immense impact on the lacrosse community. Though his name will forever live on, etched in the awards and rosters of the Brampton Excelsiors, those who knew him will remember Jeff Teat for the personal interactions they had and the stories he shared.

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

Recent Bigotry in Lacrosse

Excelsiors Lacrosse Legacy Association ELLA Logo

Members of the ELLA have been disturbed, to say the least, at the comments and stories which have been coming out over the past few weeks involving racism, sexism and other kinds of bigotry. We recognize this is nothing new, but are ever saddened by how prevalent it remains amongst talk of inclusion, acceptance and justice for those discriminated against. We are especially hurt to hear of it happening in lacrosse. A game of healing, used to resolve conflicts and shared with us by a now marginalized people should be the last place this happens…but it does.

The way many members of the lacrosse community have stood up in support of those being discriminated is inspiring to see. We support everyone trying to live their best lives, in harmony with the rest of society, in being who they are. Lacrosse has had many very influential and great people including women, people of all racial backgrounds and those belonging to the LGBTQ+ community. Without many of these contributions our sport would not be what it is today. But we feel the lacrosse world, as a whole, still has a long way to go to be free of bigotry.

To many, lacrosse has come to be seen as a rich white boys sport. An air of exclusivity has been associated with it. There is always talk of places with “the right demographics” to grow the sport, and it is abundantly clear those demographics are white people with money. This needs to change. Our sport cannot grow if we only look to involve the same group generation after generation. Exclusion of any kind, at any level, has no place in lacrosse.

The ELLA aims to work with our local organizations and community to get everyone involved in lacrosse. To us, not having “the right demographics” just means that there is a huge market being completely ignored, to whom we can reach out. We believe that inclusion in the sport we love will not only help it grow, but teach kids early on to accept and respect differences in everyone. Bigotry is a very big and very difficult problem to take on. Its roots run so deep through society it often exists where people don’t think to look. There is no single “right” answer. But if we continue on the same path, we will never reach a point where people don’t have to live in shame or fear of who they are. We can’t change the whole world, but we can start making it better through lacrosse.