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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.

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.

Doug Scott, Brampton Excelsior

Doug Scott Brampton Excelsiors ELLA

The ELLA was heartbroken to learn of the passing of Doug Scott on Thursday, March 11. He succumbed to a tough fought battle with cancer, leaving behind wife Carol and children Shane and Katherine. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.

Doug was well known in the Brampton lacrosse community. He was dedicated, passionate about lacrosse and always having a smile on his face. During his life Doug made significant contributions to the BMLA and more. Having dabbled in almost every aspect of lacrosse organizations, Doug built up quite the resume. Many remember him as a coach. He recognized the importance of both rep and house league, coaching at both levels. His incredible knowledge of the game no doubt played a part in the careers of some future stars. Posts on social media have described a number of fond memories from players he helped guide as they grew up. However he also played a big part behind the scenes.

Off the bench, Doug also helped support the BMLA through consistent sponsorship, a vital role for any community sports organization. He served for a number of years as a director on the BMLA Board, helping to plot the course for the future of Brampton lacrosse’s foundation. As a tournament organizer Doug volunteered his time to ensure the intricacies of the weekend events ran smoothly, making it fun and exciting for all involved. With two kids playing he was also always busy on game days. Doug served as a team manager when he wasn’t behind the bench. Not only that, but he could often be found in the time box serving in one of the most underappreciated positions in minor sports.

As his children grew and moved on from minor lacrosse, so did Doug. He was an assistant coach to the Jr. A Mississauga Tomahawks. He also gave back to the upstart Arena Lacrosse League as equipment manager for the Toronto Monarchs, a team Shane helped pushed to the championship game in their first year. Through this though he always supported and gave back to Brampton lacrosse.

You could always count on seeing Doug around the arena at Jr. A or Major games. He always continued to encourage those he had mentored as they grew up. Anyone who knew Doug Scott will remember him for his sense of humour, positivity and love of the game. His passing has left a hole which will be hard to fill in Brampton lacrosse. But his legacy will be in those who step up to not only fill his shoes, but to exceed him, passing on what he taught them. Here’s to Doug Scott, a true Brampton Excelsior!

WLA Getting Ready for Shortened 2021 Season

On February 24 the Western Lacrosse Association released the schedule for a shortened 2021 season to begin play in June. While holding play over this summer is still not set in stone due to COVID-19 restrictions, the announcements shows that league officials are hopeful the virus will be under control in the coming months.

Meanwhile in the East, Major Series Lacrosse officials have yet to release any word of when or how the season may start. Despite this, plans are in place between to the two leagues to hold the Mann Cup Championship in Ontario the coming September. This means word from the MSL should arrive shortly as to how the league plans to proceed.

The question still hangs in the air however of what exactly the MSL will look like this season. Will possible government restrictions affect Six Nation’s intent to play out the season after announcing they may fold at the end of this year? And closer to home for the ELLA is what the fate of the Brampton Excelsiors will be following an investigation by an OLA committee into the team’s sale. Will the team remain at home in Brampton or will Owen Sound see Sr. A lacrosse return to the small town?

As each day passes the possible start of a lacrosse season looms closer and closer. Lacrosse fans are all anxious to find out if and how play will proceed in 2021 and Brampton fans in particular anxious to see their team continue play out of Memorial Arena. Stay tuned to ELLA news and social media for any further announcements!

Original Press Release from the WLA