The Brampton Excelsiors have posted a message on their Facebook page that they have completed a huge deal with the Six Nations Chiefs in Major Series Lacrosse. The trade sees the rights to defender Rory Smith and goalie Brandon Miller head to the Chiefs in exchange for goalie Matt Vinc, forward Mike Accursi, fighter Tim O’Brien and a first-round pick in the 2013 Junior draft.
The trade is curious because both teams already have top-flight goalies. Brampton’s starter has been Anthony Cosmo and Vinc split time in Six Nations with Calgary Roughnecks tender Mike Poulin.
Smith was known primarily as a fighter early in his career but has been developing as a shutdown defender to the point where he played for Team Canada at the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships and was voted a starter for the 2012 NLL All-Star Game. He has spent his entire senior career with the New Westminster Salmonbellies of the WLA, but he is originally from Mimico and played two full Jr A seasons with Brampton.
Miller is the starter for the Philadelphia Wings and is considered a candidate for the NLL Goalie of the Year award. He hasn’t played in MSL since 2008. He won two Mann Cups with Brampton, in 2002 and his final season there.
Vinc is the prize coming back to the Excelsiors. He’s the back-to-back defending top goaltender in the NLL and was the MVP of the World Championships gold medal game for Canada. His backup for that game, Cosmo, will now be his teammate in Brampton unless there is further movement.
Accursi’s last MSL season was 2009 with the St. Regis Indians. He has won a pair of Mann Cups, with Brampt0n in 2002 and the Peterborough Lakers in 2004. He is having a career resurgence in Rochester this year, sitting second in team scoring with 17 goals and 31 assists for 48 points.
O’Brien has been with Six Nations for the past three years. In 148 career senior games he has 16 goals, 35 assists and 533 penalty minutes. He played with the Excelsiors for five years and was part of the 2002 Mann Cup champs.
IL Indoor has not yet been able to reach any of the principles to confirm or discuss the trade. Most are preparing for NLL games tonight.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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