Mann Cup

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The Mann Cup is the trophy awarded to the senior men's lacrosse champions of Canada. The championship series is played between the Western Lacrosse Association champion and the Major Series Lacrosse champion. The trophy is one of the most valuable trophies in all of sports, made of solid gold and valued at $60,000.[1]

It was donated in 1910 by Sir Donald Mann;[2] prior to then, the Minto Cup was the senior amateur championship trophy. The Mann Cup was originally a challenge trophy, but in 1925 the champion New Westminster Salmonbellies turned the trophy over to the Canadian Lacrosse Association who instituted a national playoff system. The challenges and championships for the Mann Cup were played by the rules of traditional field lacrosse until 1932, when box lacrosse was adopted by the Canadian Lacrosse Association. The first indoor Mann Cup was played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto in October 1932.

2014 Mann Cup[edit]

Competitors[edit]

Results[edit]

  • Game 1: Sept. 5 - Victoria 4 @ Six Nations 7
  • Game 2: Sept. 6 - Victoria 6 @ Six Nations 5, 2OT
  • Game 3: Sept. 8 - Victoria 12 @ Six Nations 11, OT
  • Game 4: Sept. 9 - Victoria 6 @ Six Nations 12
  • Game 5: Sept. 10 - Victoria 6 @ Six Nations 8
  • Game 6: Sept. 12 - Victoria 4 @ Six Nations 9

Champions[edit]

Year Champion Finalist(s) Series
Challenge Cup era
1910 Young Torontos Vancouver Athletic Club
Toronto Maitlands
1911 Vancouver Athletic Club Toronto Young Torontos
1912 Vancouver Athletic Club Winnipeg Canadian Northern Railroad
St. Catharines Athletics
1913 Vancouver Athletic Club Armstrong
Oak Bay
1914 Vancouver Athletic Club* Calgary Chinooks
Brampton Excelsiors
1915 New Westminster Salmonbellies no finalist
1916 New Westminster Salmonbellies no competition due to WWI
1917 New Westminster Salmonbellies no competition due to WWI
1918 Vancouver Coughlans Shipyards Winnipeg
1919 Victoria Foundation Shipyards Winnipeg Argonauts 17-7 (1 gm)
1920 New Westminster Salmonbellies Vancouver Athletic Club
1921 New Westminster Salmonbellies no finalist
1922 Vancouver Lacrosse Club Victoria Capitals
1922 New Westminster Salmonbellies Vancouver Lacrosse Club
1923 New Westminster Salmonbellies Victoria Capitals
1924 New Westminster Salmonbellies no finalist
1925 New Westminster Salmonbellies Vancouver Indians
National Playoff Era begins
1926 Weston Westonmen Winnipeg Tigers 11-3 (1 gm)
1927 New Westminster Salmonbellies Weston Westonmen 2-0
1928 Ottawa Emmets Winnipeg Tigers
1929 Oshawa Generals New Westminster Salmonbellies 2-0
1930 Brampton Excelsiors New Westminster Salmonbellies 2-1
1931 Brampton Excelsiors New Westminster Salmonbellies 2-1
1932 Mimico Mountaineers Winnipeg Argos 2-0
1933 Hamilton Tigers New Westminster Salmonbellies 3-2
1934 Orillia Terriers New Westminster Salmonbellies 3-0
1935 Orillia Terriers Richmond Farmers 3-0
1936 Orillia Terriers North Shore Indians 3-1
1937 New Westminster Salmonbellies Orillia Terriers 3-0
1938 St. Catharines Athletics New Westminster Adanacs 3-0
1939 New Westminster Adanacs St. Catharines Athletics 3-0
1940 St. Catharines Athletics Vancouver Burrards 3-1
1941 St. Catharines Athletics Richmond Farmers 3-2
1942 Mimico-Brampton Combines New Westminster Salmonbellies 3-1
1943 New Westminster Salmonbellies Mimico-Brampton Combines 3-1
1944 St. Catharines Athletics New Westminster Salmonbellies 3-2
1945 Vancouver Burrards St. Catharines Athletics 3-0
1946 St. Catharines Athletics New Westminster Salmonbellies 3-0
1947 New Westminster Adanacs Mimico Mountaineers 3-0
1948 Hamilton Tigers New Westminster Adanacs 3-2
1949 Vancouver Burrards Hamilton Tigers 3-1
1950 Owen Sound Crescents New Westminster Adanacs 4-3
1951 Peterborough Trailermen Vancouver Combines 4-3
1952 Peterborough Trailermen Vancouver Burrards 4-0
1953 Peterborough Trailermen Victoria Shamrocks 4-1
1954 Peterborough Trailermen Victoria Shamrocks 4-0
1955 Victoria Shamrocks Peterborough Trailermen 4-1
1956 Nanaimo Timbermen Peterborough Trailermen 4-1
1957 Victoria Shamrocks Long Branch Pontiacs 4-0
1958 New Westminster Salmonbellies Welland-Crowland Switsons 4-0
1959 New Westminster O'Keefes Peterborough Mercuries 4-0
1960 Port Credit Sailors Nanaimo Labatt's 4-1
1961 Vancouver Carlings Brampton Ramblers 4-0
1962 New Westminster O'Keefes Brampton Ramblers 4-0
1963 Vancouver Carlings St. Catharines Athletics 4-2
1964 Vancouver Carlings Brooklin Hillcrests 4-3
1965 New Westminster O'Keefes Brooklin Merchants 4-3
1966 Peterborough Petes Vancouver Carlings 4-1
1967 Vancouver Carlings Brooklin Redmen 4-2
1968 Brooklin Redmen Nanaimo Luckies 4-0
1969 Brooklin Redmen New Westminster Blues 4-1
1970 New Westminster Salmonbellies Peterborough Lakers 4-0
1971 Brantford Warriors New Westminster Salmonbellies 4-0
1972 New Westminster Salmonbellies Brantford Warriors 4-0
1973 Peterborough Lakers Vancouver Burrards 9-5 (1 gm)
1974 New Westminster Salmonbellies Windsor Warlocks 18-5 (1 gm)
1975 Vancouver Burrards Brampton Excelsiors 2-0
1976 New Westminster Salmonbellies Brampton Excelsiors 4-3
1977 Vancouver Burrards Brampton Excelsiors 4-2
1978 Peterborough Red Oaks Victoria Shamrocks 4-3
1979 Victoria Shamrocks Peterborough Red Oaks 4-0
1980 Brampton Excelsiors New Westminster Salmonbellies 4-1
1981 New Westminster Salmonbellies Brampton Excelsiors 4-0
1982 Peterborough Lakers New Westminster Salmonbellies 4-2
1983 Victoria Pay Less Peterborough Lakers 4-2
1984 Peterborough Lakers Victoria Pay Less 4-1
1985 Brooklin Redmen New Westminster Salmonbellies 4-3
1986 New Westminster Salmonbellies Brooklin Redmen 4-2
1987 Brooklin Redmen New Westminster Salmonbellies 4-3
1988 Brooklin Redmen Coquitlam Adanacs 4-2
1989 New Westminster Salmonbellies Brooklin Redmen 4-2
1990 Brooklin Redmen Vancouver Burrards 4-0
1991 New Westminster Salmonbellies Brooklin Redmen 4-0
1992 Brampton Excelsiors New Westminster Salmonbellies 4-1
1993 Brampton Excelsiors Coquitlam Adanacs 4-1
1994 Six Nations Chiefs New Westminster Salmonbellies 4-2
1995 Six Nations Chiefs New Westminster Salmonbellies 4-2
1996 Six Nations Chiefs Victoria Shamrocks 4-0
1997 Victoria Shamrocks Niagara Falls Gamblers 4-1
1998 Brampton Excelsiors Coquitlam Adanacs 4-2
1999 Victoria Shamrocks Brampton Excelsiors 4-0
2000 Brooklin Redmen Victoria Shamrocks 4-0
2001 Coquitlam Adanacs Brampton Excelsiors 4-3
2002 Brampton Excelsiors Victoria Shamrocks 4-3
2003 Victoria Shamrocks Brampton Excelsiors 4-1
2004 Peterborough Lakers Victoria Shamrocks 4-2
2005 Victoria Shamrocks Peterborough Lakers 4-2
2006 Peterborough Lakers Victoria Shamrocks 4-2
2007 Peterborough Lakers Coquitlam Adanacs 4-2
2008 Brampton Excelsiors New Westminster Salmonbellies 4-0
2009 Brampton Excelsiors New Westminster Salmonbellies 4-3
2010 Peterborough Lakers New Westminster Salmonbellies 4-2
2011 Brampton Excelsiors Langley Thunder 4-1
2012 Peterborough Lakers Langley Thunder 4-2
2013 Six Nations Chiefs Victoria Shamrocks 4-2
2014 Six Nations Chiefs Victoria Shamrocks 4-2

1914 Calgary Chinooks[edit]

In 1914, the Vancouver Athletic Club defeated the Calgary Chinooks and Brampton Excelsiors in Mann Cup challenge matches but the Mann Cup Trustees disputed the status of one of the Vancouver players in the series versus Brampton.

Despite the views of British Columbia lacrosse, national lacrosse and amateur athletic organisations that supported Vancouver’s position, the trustees instead awarded the cup to the Calgary Chinooks on September 29, 1914. Vancouver however held on to the gold trophy and refused to turn it over to either the trustees or the Chinooks.

After the Mann Cup was turned over to the control of the Canadian Lacrosse Association in 1926, all references to the Calgary Chinooks title were removed from the records.

1922 Vancouver Lacrosse Club[edit]

In 1922, there were two rival leagues located in British Columbia battling for the Mann Cup: Vancouver Lacrosse Club and Victoria Capitals played in the British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association's senior league while the New Westminster Salmonbellies and Vancouver Elks played in the Pacific Coast Amateur Lacrosse Association. Control of the Mann Cup was retained by the BCALA after New Westminster left that league to join the PCALA. Vancouver Lacrosse Club won their schedule and were awarded the Mann Cup, while New Westminster won their series in the PCALA.

About a week later, Vancouver Lacrosse Club and New Westminster met in a three-game, total goals series to determine who would take home the Mann and Kilmarnock Cups. After Vancouver (who were at the time considered the holders of the Mann Cup) were up 7-6 in goals after two games, they then defaulted their third game after a brawl broke out and the team refused to return to the field. The score was 1-1, so New Westminster lined up and they then went through the formal motions of scoring two unopposed goals into the empty net to take the series and the silverware back by 9 goals to 8.

Cup mishaps[edit]

In 1989, the Mann Cup was stolen from the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in New Westminster, British Columbia. Despite fears of the cup being melted down for its gold content, it turned up a few weeks later, with a small chunk cut out of the rim, but otherwise intact.

In 2004, the Peterborough Lakers won the Mann Cup. During a celebratory gathering the replica of the trophy was dropped in a bonfire and was destroyed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Mann Cup". InsideLacrosse.com. Archived from the original on 2008-01-29. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  2. ^ "The Mann Cup: Canada's signature lacrosse event". cbc.ca. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
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