Canadian Lacrosse League
|Current season or competition:
2012 Canadian Lacrosse League season
|President||Paul St. John|
|No. of teams||5|
|Most recent champion(s)||Iroquois Ironmen|
|Most titles||Ohsweken Demons, Iroquois Ironmen (1)|
The Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) is a men's professional indoor lacrosse league based in Canada, beginning play in January 2012. The league is North America's fourth professional lacrosse league, after Major League Lacrosse (a field lacrosse league), the National Lacrosse League (the established professional indoor lacrosse organization) and the North American Lacrosse League which is forming at the same time. Similar to the NLL but unlike other lacrosse leagues that play in the summer, the Clax will play its games in the winter and spring.
In 2012, the inaugural year, the league had six teams in three cities: the Brampton Inferno and Peel Avengers in Brampton, Ontario, the Iroquois Ironmen and Ohsweken Demons in Hagersville, Ontario, and the Durham TurfDogs and Oshawa Machine in Oshawa, Ontario. In 2013, the league expanded to seven teams and entered into three new markets, adding the Barrie Blizzard in Barrie, Ontario, moving the Machine to Toronto, Ontario to create the Toronto Shooting Stars, and moving the Avengers to St. Catharines, Ontario to become the Niagara Lock Monsters.
The league's original intentions were to be with eastern and western leagues. This plan was modified to have multiple Ontario teams and one Quebec location in the first year.
The first three teams announced in 2011 were franchises in Ohsweken, Peterborough, and Montreal. An article in July listed a team in London. Of the original three, only Oshweken wound up with an actual team in the 2012 season. With only three teams, the league decided two teams should operate in each announced location, leading to the creation of the Iroquois, Peel, and Durham teams; Rodney Hill operated the two Oshweken teams, but the league owned the other clubs initially.
The inaugural games took place January 7, 2012 starting at 13:00 EST in Ohsweken. The first game was a 18-11 win for the Brampton Inferno over the hometown Iroquois Ironmen. In the second game, the Peel Avengers defeated the Durham TurfDogs 16-9. To conclude the opening day of league play, the Oshawa Machine played the other hometown team, the Ohsweken Demons, and lost 13-9.
It was announced on October 3, 2012 that the league would be expanding to three new markets, Barrie, Toronto, and St. Catharines. The Oshawa Machine would be moving to Toronto to become the Toronto Shooting Stars, the Peel Avengers would be moving to St. Catharines, and the city of Barrie would be awarded an expansion team. It was also announced that the Durham Turf Dogs would be changing their name to the Oshawa Turf Dogs.
In November 2013, the defending champion Iroquois Ironmen announced that they were ceasing operations and would no longer compete in CLax. In December 2013 it was announced that the 2013 finalists, Toronto Shooting Stars. Also, The Brampton Inferno would become a touring team based out of Southwestern Ontario called the SouthWest Cyclones.
|Barrie Blizzard||Barrie, Ontario||Barrie Molson Centre (4,195)|
|Durham TurfDogs||Oshawa, Ontario||GM Centre (5,113)|
|Niagara Lock Monsters||St. Catharines, Ontario||Seymour-Hannah Sports & Entertainment Centre (1,500)|
|Ohsweken Demons||Hagersville, Ontario||Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (2,300/3,000)|
|SouthWest Cyclones||Wilmot & Hagersville, Ontario||Wilmot Recreation Complex/Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (2,300/3,000)|
|Iroquois Ironmen||Hagersville, Ontario||2012||2013||Folded|
|Toronto Shooting Stars||Toronto, Ontario||2013||2013||Folded|
- National Lacrosse League
- North American Lacrosse League
- Major Series Lacrosse
- Western Lacrosse Association
- Major League Lacrosse
- List of professional sports teams in the United States and Canada
- Cayley, Shawn (10 October 2011). "Canadian Lacrosse League to launch with two local teams". DurhamRegion.com (Durham Region, ON). Retrieved 22 October 2011.
- Gary McCarthy, "New lacrosse Bzz hope to fly", The Brampton Guardian, 27 July 2011.