Editorial: A tribute to Rocco Granato

January 5, 2021

https://www.bacchifh.com/obituaries/Rocco-Joseph-Granato-III?obId=19505696#/obituaryInfo I met Rocco Granato only once; he and his wife Jackie came to Toronto last year for a Rock/Wings game. I didn’t get a picture with him at the time, and when I realized later that I should have, I thought “next time!” knowing he was a frequent traveller when it came to lacrosse. But there won’t be a next time. Rocco tragically passed away on December 29 from…

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ILWT Feature: Medicine Game was therapeutic process for author Delby Powless

December 11, 2020

Books written about lacrosse are few and far between. When they are, you know they’re going to be good because how many people would write about lacrosse unless they had a passion for the game? Today we get to do something fun and chat with the author of one of the best new books of the season, and of course it’s about lacrosse. Medicine Game is written by Delby Powless,…

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REVIEW: Powless’ Medicine Game should be under every lacrosse fan’s Christmas tree

December 10, 2020

My first job was at Chapters, which was the family business as I grew up. I am a book snob. I have no problem admitting that. While the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” has generally come to mean “don’t judge a person by their looks,” I absolutely judge actual books by their covers. I mean, you can take one look at a romance novel and know everything…

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MSL: Excelsiors head coach supports fight to keep team in Brampton

December 2, 2020

In all the back-and-forth regarding the relocation of the Brampton Excelsiors, one voice that hasn’t been heard is one that probably most embodies the spirit of the team and the city. After a successful run with the Jr. A Excelsiors, Dan Teat was promoted to head coach of the MSL club in 2019. Though he’s only coached them through one season, he’s been part of the organization for 45 years….

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MSL: Excelsiors Board of Directors not contesting move to Owen Sound

November 24, 2020

A firestorm started on Lacrosse Twitter last week is coming to an end. The Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club will not be contesting the move of the Major Excelsiors to Owen Sound. The BELC Board of Directors released a statement this afternoon rebuffing a popular theory on the social media platform that the 2018 transfer of the team to Joe Norton was done without authorization from the board. In part, the…

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MSL: City of Brampton had no knowledge of Excelsiors sale or move

November 23, 2020

The city of Brampton has already threatened legal action against the Ontario Lacrosse Association, In Lacrosse We Trust has learned. In a November 4th letter obtained by ILWT, Mayor Patrick Brown writes to then-OLA President Marion Ladouceur that he intends “to do everything possible to keep [the] lacrosse team in Brampton and playing in the Major Series Lacrosse league. All available options including legal action are actively being considered,” and suggests…

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MSL: Major shakeup as Brampton Excelsiors relocate to Owen Sound (UPDATED)

November 20, 2020

There has been some explosive news out of Major Series Lacrosse this past week. First, the Six Nations Chiefs published a blog post indicating that without sponsorship and more fan support, 2021 might be their last season in the league. Then on Wednesday, the Owen Sound Sun Times dropped a bomb into the Ontario lacrosse community when they broke the news that the Brampton Excelsiors would be relocating to Owen…

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NLL: Black Wolves hoping to replace Crawford’s scoring touch with field stars

September 24, 2020

The New England Black Wolves selected one of the smallest draft classes last week, acquiring just five new players in the NLL’s first virtual draft. They also acquired Jacob Ruest and the 24th overall pick from the Colorado Mammoth for their own two second rounders. The Black Wolves had to wait until the second round to get involved in the action, having traded their 2020 first-round pick to Georgia in…

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NLL: Teat leads exceptionally strong Riptide draft class

September 23, 2020

With all the hype that Jeff Teat is bringing to the New York Riptide, it’s a shame that he won’t actually be suiting up until the 2021-22 season. When the NCAA granted a fifth year of playing eligibility to senior students to complete their collegiate careers, Teat decided to return to Cornell for one more shot at a championship with the Big Red. Another year of preparation isn’t necessary for…

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NLL: Seven players on the move after trades during draft

September 18, 2020

Seven current NLLers have new homes after being traded during Thursday’s NLL draft. First to move was Jeff Wittig, who was sent to the Rochester Knighthawks for the 28th pick in the draft. Witting is a forward who will enter his third year in the league with 13 goals and 16 assists under his belt. Rochester needed to bolster their roster and Witting should start to come into his own…

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