Medo Martinello

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Miro "Medo" Martinello
— Lacrosse player  —
Born December 6, 1935
Windsor, Ontario
Position Forward
OSBLL team
Detroit Olympics (NLA)
Brampton Ramblers (OSALL)
Windsor Warlocks (OSBLL)
Coaching career Detroit Turbos (MILL)
Quebec Caribous (NLL)
Nationality Canadian
Pro career 1962–1971
Career highlights

Presidents Cup: 1970, 1971
Champion's Cup: 1991 (Coach)

Miro "Medo" Martinello (born December 6, 1935) is a former Professional box lacrosse player, coach, and ice hockey referee, born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada of Italian descent.[1] He is a member of the Windsor and Essex County Sports Hall of Fame, Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and is a recipient of the Canadian Government 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal "for outstanding Achievements on behalf of Canada".[2]


Martinello was born in Windsor, Ontario on December 6, 1935.[3]

He played box lacrosse from the age of 12,[4] playing in the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League with Windsor Joe's Cement in his later teens. He played in the OLA Senior B Lacrosse League in the 1960s and 1970s winning the OLA Sr. B title in 1961 with the Leamington Clippers[5] and later the 1970 and 1971 Canadian National Championship Presidents Cup with the Windsor Clippers and Windsor Warlocks.

In 1962, Medo played for the Brampton Ramblers of the OLA Sr. A League,[6] then the highest level of the sport in the world. In 1968, he had an 8-game stint with the newly formed professional Detroit Olympics of the National Lacrosse League,[7] again, then the highest level for the sport in its era.

In hockey, Medo played his junior hockey with the Blenheim Blades of the Border Cities Junior B Hockey League before becoming a referee. From 1953 to 1955, Martinello was a minor hockey referee. From 1956 until 1960, he reffed Junior B and C in the Ontario Hockey Association. In the 1960s, Martinello reffed in the elite-amateur OHA Senior A Hockey League and professional International Hockey League. From 1970 until 1989, Medo reffed all levels of Junior hockey, from A down to C, for the OHA. In 1972, Medo became the first Canadian to referee an NCAA Final, the game was between Boston University and Denver University.[8] Medo often was chosen to ref international games between NCAA and IHL teams and the likes of Russia and Czechoslovakia and also helped to create the 2-referee system in the NCAA in the 1970s, since followed by most major leagues.

As a coach, Martinello led the Windsor Warlocks Jr. C Lacrosse team to OLA and Eastern Canadian titles in 1972 and 1973. He led the 1975 Quebec Caribous of the National Lacrosse League to a professional championship. From 1989 until 1992,[9] Medo coached the Detroit Turbos of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League winning the 1991 league championship.[10]

In 1992, Martinello was honoured by the Canadian Government with the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal "for outstanding Achievements on behalf of Canada". On November 13, 2001, Medo was inducted into the Windsor and Essex County Sports Hall of Fame as a Founder.[11] He was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005.[12]

Player Statistics[edit]

Regular Season Playoffs
Season League Team GP G A P PIM GP G A P PIM
1962 OLA Sr. A Brampton Ramblers 4 4 0 4 10 DNP
1963 OLA Int. A Wallaceburg Red Devils 3 6 1 7 4 DNP
1964 OLA Sr. B DNP
1965 OLA Sr. B Windsor Clippers 2 4 0 4 4 3 3 1 4 13
1966 OLA Sr. B Windsor Clippers 17 40 10 50 63 6 12 6 18 30
1967 OLA Sr. B Windsor Clippers 16 33 9 42 49 5 4 5 9 13
1968 OLA Sr. B Windsor Clippers xx 12 4 16 xx xx 4 0 4 xx
1968 NLL Detroit Olympics 8 4 4 8 20 DNP
1969 OLA Sr. B DNP
1970 OLA Sr. B Windsor Clippers 14 21 33 54 59 9 13 13 26 24
1971 OLA Sr. B Windsor Warlocks 7 6 13 19 24 15 9 20 29 53

Coaching Record[edit]

Year League Team Record Win% Playoffs
1972 OLA Jr. C Windsor Warlocks 16-4 .800 Lost Final
1973 OLA Jr. C Windsor Warlocks 18-2 .900 OLA & Eastern Canada Champions
1975 NLL Quebec Caribous 22-24-2 .479 NLL Champions
1989 MILL Detroit Turbos 6-2 .750 Lost Semi-final
1990 MILL Detroit Turbos 1-7 .125 DNQ
1991 MILL Detroit Turbos 8-2 .800 MILL Champions
1992 MILL Detroit Turbos 8-2 .800 Lost Division Final

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