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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.

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.

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