Major Series Lacrosse requests response to appeal


MEDIA RELEASE Monday April 25, 2022

The Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) Board of Governors respectfully requests to appeal the decisions and mandates laid out in an April 18, 2022 memorandum signed by Sean O’Callaghan, Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) Vice President, Junior-Major on behalf of the OLA Board of Director.

On April 18, MSL was given an ultimatum via memorandum by the OLA in regards to the Major Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club’s relocation to Owen Sound and the payment of protected and drafted players, making them free agents.

MSL is going through this appeal process in the most respectful way possible and we ask for this to be dealt with in a timely manner so we as a league can move forward with our 2022 season, and prove once again that MSL truly is one of the best indoor lacrosse leagues in the world.

We do understand and respect that the OLA is the governing body of lacrosse for Ontario and MSL is under that umbrella. The OLA provides MSL the insurance needed to play, and is the governing body responsible for supporting an Ontario representative for the Mann Cup, the national championship for senior A lacrosse in Canada.

The governing body of MSL is and always has been its Board of Governors, who collectively stand with its commissioner Doug Luey, Owen Sound Lacrosse Club owner Joe Norton, along with all teams - Brooklin Lacrosse Club, Cobourg Kodiaks, Oakville Rock, Owen Sound LC, Peterborough Lakers and Six Nations Chiefs, its Governors, players, volunteers and Executive Committee members.

MSL is excited and committed to returning to action and defending the Mann Cup this summer. It is something we as a league have been planning for and are looking forward to when we hit the floor on May 23 for our opening game.

Thank you,

Brooklin Lacrosse Club

Cobourg Kodiaks

Oakville Rock

Owen Sound Lacrosse Club

Peterborough Lakers 

Six Nations Chiefs