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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.

Life Long Excelsior Voted Marquette Men’s Lacrosse Captain

Photo from The Peterborough Examiner

Last Week Marquette University announced their 2021 Men’s Lacrosse captains and we were excited to see long time Excelsior and Brampton native Connor McClelland’s name among them.

Playing in the maroon and gold since Minor, Connor quickly showed he was an elite player when he joined the already talented Jr. A Excelsiors at just 16 years old. Eventually earning an ‘A’, Connor proved to be not only an extremely solid defender but capable in transition as well. After helping lead the team to the Minto Cup finals in 2018 McClelland graduated to the Major Excelsiors and did not miss a beat as he stepped in and proved he could keep up with the best.

In 2020 Connor was selected in the first round, 12th overall, of the NLL draft by the Saskatchewan Rush. Joining the team’s All-Star defensive line up (featuring other former Excelsiors Kyle Rubisch and Chris Corbiel) goes to show the faith the organization has in his talents and potential.

Throughout his career Connor has earned numerous titles at all levels including Provincial and National Championships. He’s now in his Senior year at Marquette and looking to add to that list.

Though he isn’t first McClelland to leave his mark on the Excelsiors legacy, he will no doubt be a stand out and looked up to by the generation of Brampton fans growing up watching him play now. Connor McClelland continues Brampton’s history of producing lacrosse legends and will no doubt become a well known name in the sport. Marquette has made an excellent choice!

Connor – The ELLA, the Excelsiors and Brampton are all proud of you. Way to go!

Original Press Release

Dan Teat Named to Panther City Coaching Staff

The NLL’s newest franchise, Panther City Lacrosse Club, announced on Wednesday that they’ve hired Dan Teat as the assistant offensive coach. This is big news for Brampton lacrosse fans! Dan is not only a lifelong Brampton Excelsior as well as head coach of the Major team, but also a founding member and President of the ELLA.

Dan played for Brampton  from minor right up until his retirement from Major lacrosse as the Captain of the Excelsiors. He first began making a name for himself in 1988 when he was awarded Rookie of the Year by the Ontario Jr. A Lacrosse League. Just a few years later he repeated that distinction when he moved up to Major lacrosse, while also helping the Excelsiors hoist the Mann Cup that same season. Over the next 16 years he won another four National Championships with Brampton, as well as an NLL championship with Rochester.

After a year off Dan came back to the Excelsiors, this time on the Bench as Assistant coach, and helped lead the team to its third Cup in four years. But his coaching highlights don’t end there. In 2018 Dan coached the Brampton Jr. A’s to the Minto Cup finals for the first time since 2009 (their first Provincial title since 1994). The following season he moved back up to the bench of the Majors, this time as head coach and helped the young underdog team show that they wouldn’t be taken lightly.

All these accolades have earned Dan lifetime membership in the BELC, as well as spots in the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame, the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Despite his high profile, Dan has also been involved for years with the BMLA. Coaching his sons in minor he has added another Provincial and two more National titles to his list of accomplishments, not to mention the skills and knowledge he has passed on to future lacrosse stars.

Dan Teat is a true ambassador of lacrosse. Passionate, competitive and highly knowledgeable there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he will make a significant impact on the Panther City bench. Brampton, the Excelsiors and the ELLA are proud of you Dan. Way to go!

Original Press Release