Archive for August, 2005

The Glory of the Mann Cup

When it comes to men’s lacrosse, of any kind, nothing compares to the history and drama surrounding the pursuit of the Mann Cup, the solid gold trophy annually awarded to Canada’a best men’s box lacrosse team.

Moments after the Toronto Rock won their first National Lacrosse League championship in 1999, in front of more than 15,000 fans (at the time, the largest audience in Canadian lacrosse history), all-star defender Pat Coyle said to me, “This is great, but it’s still not the Mann Cup.”

The purpose of this anecdote is not to diminish the importance of winning the NLL’s Champion’s Cup. Coyle was simply stating the fact that for him, and for most Canadian lacrosse players, the ultimate goal is to win the Mann Cup.