GRETZKY HEADLINES BUSY WEEK FOR REDMEN
MAJOR SERIES TEAM TO PLAY 3 GAMES IN 5 DAYS
The Brooklin Redmen kick off a busy second week of Major Series Lacrosse action with 3 games, a visit from a well-known Canadian youth sports ambassador, and recognition of our 1968 Mann Cup Championship team. Wednesday the Redmen host the Cobourg Kodiaks, visiting the Peterborough Lakers on Thursday and a return trip down the 401 to Cobourg on Sunday.
Walter Gretzky will be the guest of honour on Wednesday evening. Redmen President Dean Link was instrumental in being able to bring Gretzky to town for the game. Link elaborated further, “I think it’s fair to say that Walter Gretzky is Canada’s favourite sports Dad, and when we saw an opportunity to request his involvement as Guest of Honour at one of our games, we had to give it a shot. We are thrilled to have the former hockey and lacrosse coach, as well as mentor, to the Great One join us in celebrating and promoting our favourite sport, the Creators game, Lacrosse!”
1968 MANN CUP CHAMPIONS
The Redmen will honour the 1968 Mann Cup Championship team Wednesday evening as well. The ’68 Champs rolled to a first place finish that year with a 17-6 record, defeating the Mississauga Braves in the first round of the playoffs, before defeating Bramalea in the OLA finals. Sandy Doberstein was the Major Series Most Valuable Player, Paul Tran won the Merv McKenzie award for Best Defensive player, while Justin Howe took home the Harry Lumley Award for fewest goals against in the MSL. The Redmen would move onto the Mann Cup where they swept the Nanaimo Luckies 4-0 in convincing fashion. The 1968 champs would compile a 29-7 overall record. Joe Tomchyshyn was named the Mike Kelley Award winner as MVP of the Mann Cup.
Coming off a 12-7 loss to the Peterborough Lakers on Sunday the Cobourg Kodiaks (0-2-1) roll into town looking to get into the win column for the first time this season. The Redmen (2-0-0) off since defeating the Oakville Rock 9-6 in a hard-fought road game last Friday.
The Redmen hit the road Thursday to the Memorial Centre in Peterborough (4-1) for the first clash since last year’s six game MSL semi-final. This will be the first of four meetings between the rivals during the 2018 season. The Lakers are once again by MSL leading scorer Shawn Evans.
Sunday the Redmen head east on the 401 for a rematch with the Kodiaks ending a furious week of play.