Whitby’s Brooklin Lacrosse Club, Oakville Rock among five clubs in action at MSL Classic

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Published July 27, 2021 at 3:22 pm

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After two years without game action, Major Series Lacrosse will be back in action tonight.

The league, one of two premier summer box lacrosse circuits in the country, will return to action for the MSL Classic tournament, which will feature five teams playing a month-long tournament at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre.

The opening match will include the seven-time Mann Cup champion Brooklin Lacrosse Club of Whitby in action against the Cobourg Kodiaks. The game starts at 8 p.m., with the Brooklin club tweeting “We’re finally back in action!”

Other teams include Oakville Rock, Six Nations Chiefs and Owen Sound. The tournament runs to August 26.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be playing lacrosse of some kind in 2021,” MSL commissioner Doug Luey said. “This isn’t about a Mann Cup. The aim of the MSL Classic is all about preserving our game. We have been away officially for two seasons now and wanted to do what we could to get our present and future players back on the floor. Our players and devoted fans deserve that.”

Teams will combine veteran and younger players into their respective lineups, with those veterans getting an opportunity to get back on the floor, while having the chance to mentor some of the young, up-and-coming talent.

“We are really looking forward to watching the protected and selected players from the previous two entry drafts that we have not been able to see play,” Luey said. “It really is a unique opportunity, and the teams are just as excited to get going. This is also a reminder for the youth that MSL is a stepping stone to get that Olympic dream.”

The MSL Classic will feature veteran officials, and several trial rules, with the hope of a vision to unify all lacrosse leagues’ rules of play. Fans will be able to watch games in person or online. The plan is to stream games, with a schedule for that to be released later this week.

Fans will be able to attend games at the facility. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

Photo: Shawn Muir

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