Peterborough Lakers (MSL)

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Peterborough Lakers
Peters Lakers logo.png
Founded 1968
League Major Series Lacrosse
Based in Peterborough, Ontario
Arena Peterborough Memorial Centre
Colours Blue, White & Red
Owner John Wedlock
President Ted Higgins
Head coach Mike Hasen
General manager Paul Day

The Peterborough Lakers are Senior "A" box lacrosse team from Peterborough, Ontario. They play in the Major Series Lacrosse league where under the current format, they compete in 20 regular season games (10 at home) from May through July and playoffs beginning in August and ending with the Mann Cup in September. The Lakers play their home games at the 4,329-seat multipurpose Peterborough Memorial Centre.


Peterborough has won the Mann Cup 15 times in total, of which only 9 were while the team was using the name Lakers.[1] As the Lakers, they won the Mann Cup in: 2017, 2012, 2010, 2007, 2004, 1984, 1982, 1973 and 1966.


Players struggle for position during a Lakers vs Excelsiors game.

The Lakers biggest rival are the Brampton Excelsiors. They have met in the MSL Finals every year Between the 2002 and 2011 seasons,[2] often finishing 1st and 2nd overall in the regular season. Meeting each other so often in the playoffs, compounded by many of the players playing on rival teams in the National Lacrosse League, have created many intensely contested matches between the two teams. Despite players coming and going between the two franchises, the rivalry has lived on, if not on the floor, then most certainly in the stands.

A rivalry also exists with the Six Nations Chiefs, particularly after the 2011 emotional MSL semi-finals where tempers flared amongst fans and players alike.

Community Support[edit]

Lakers fans fill the Memorial Centre during game 7 of the 2011 MSL semi-finals against the Six Nations Chiefs.


After going through a period of low attendance during the 90's, the Lakers have enjoyed a renewed level of support from fans and the community at large. In recent years, the Lakers have become affectionately known as "The Lake Show'".[3] Throughout the playoffs, local businesses and city busses display signs supporting the Peterborough Lakers.

During games, including away games, Lakers fans will chant in unison "Let's go Lakers" followed by 5 claps or individual fans may yell "Let's go you Lakers". In addition, fans have been known to heckle opposing players, particularly Brampton Excelsiors goaltender Anthony Cosmo and Brampton forward Josh Sanderson. Peterborough has gained notoriety from outside the local area, as Bob Chavez of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle referred to Lakers home games as "full and loud and wild...a great setting for lacrosse."[4]


Attendance for Lakers games has increased significantly over the last decade. In 2011, total attendance for the Lakers home games was 29,910 averaging 2,991 per regular season game [5] and 27,651 averaging 3,456 per playoff game (the Lakers hosted 8 playoff games in 2011).[6] Every summer, Camp Moshava in Selwyn, Ontario sends a group of over 300 campers and staff to a Lakers home game, and in recent years, the MH choir has performed the Canadian national anthem prior to the game.[7] The Lakers are the most attended team in the MSL.


Lakers home games and some away games are broadcast locally on TVCogeco with play-by-play man Pete Dalliday and analyst/host Scott Arnold [8] In years where the Lakers play in the Mann Cup, the games are broadcast online on a PPV basis. Local radio stations will also provide updates during games and local TV station CHEX-TV will air highlights during their Newswatch broadcast.


Centre Floor of the PMC during a Lakers home game

In 2008, the Peterborough City Council agreed to a 10-year $120,000 interest-free loan to finance the purchase and installation of a carpet for use by the Lakers in the Memorial Centre .[9] The carpet was initially met with some resistance from some on council, however the plan was approved. Councillors argued it would increase usage of the Peterborough Memorial Centre during the Summer, increase player safety and would allow co-existence of the Lakers and the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League .[10][11] To finance the carpet, sponsors are able to purchase advertising on the carpet during Lakers home games.[12]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Canadian Lacrosse Association | Past Champions", Canadian Lacrosse Association, 02-NOV-2011
  2. ^ "Lakers to Face Familiar Foe", Peterborough Examiner, Accessed 20-NOV-11
  3. ^ "Lakers say 'thanks!'", My Kawartha, 01-OCT-10
  4. ^ "Hasen, Brampton tie MSL finals, but ‘going to their barn’s a totally different story’", Inside Lacrosse, 23-AUG-11
  5. ^ "Summer 2011 Attendance", MSL 2011 Summer Attendance, 07-NOV-11
  6. ^ "Summer 2011 Playoff Attendance", MSL 2011 Summer Playoff Attendance, 07-NOV-11
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  8. ^ "Peterborough Lakers Lacrosse - Peterborough - TVCogeco", TVCogeco Broadcast Schedule, accessed 07-NOV-11
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2011-11-21.  "Lakers Venue", Venue - Peterborough Memorial Centre, Accessed 20-NOV-11
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2011-11-21.  "Lakers Venue", Venue - Peterborough Memorial Centre, Accessed 20-NOV-11
  11. ^ " Lacrosse carpet loan $120,000 - Peterborough Examiner", Peterborough Examiner, Accessed 20-NOV-11
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-11-21.  "Corporate Sponsorship Brochure", Peterborough Lakers Corporate Sponsorship Brochure, Accessed 20-NOV-11

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