Mann Cup 2012: What they’re saying

Mike Thompson begins the celebration as Peterborough claims the Mann Cup on Saturday night. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Mike Thompson begins the celebration as Peterborough claims the Mann Cup on Saturday night. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

There’s plenty to say about the Mann Cup 2012. You can talk about the goals scored by John Grant Jr. and Athan Iannucci and Cory Vitarelli and Garrett Billings. Or the defense and the play of Peterborough goalie Mike Thompson. You can even talk about the drug testing issues that came up and how that was handled, although the boos directed at the CLA reps after Saturday’s clinching Game 6 for the Lakers kinda gives an indication of where those officials rank in public opinion. But we’re not the only ones talking. Players from both sides, Peterborough and Langley, unloaded thoughts on the series to various media outlets, and ILIndoor has gathered and compiled some of the best.

“I finally got to touch that Cup and it is an incredible feeling. I am blessed to be a part of it.”

– Peterborough Lakers transition player Andrew Suitor, to MyKawartha.com

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“We let one slip away last year against Brampton. I think a lot of us were pretty bitter over the winter. We made a real effort to come back stronger. We used the old Petes’ adage ‘We don’t rebuild, we reload.’ The organization put together a phenomenal squad and it was up to us to make sure we brought it home.”

– Peterborough forward John Grant Jr., to The Peterborough Examiner

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“I was just happy to be able to step in when they needed me. I got on a bit of a roll and we really battled for each other.”

– Peterborough goalie Mike Thompson, the Mann Cup MVP after winning 4 straight games, to ILIndoor.com

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“Just watching the complete joy on everyone’s face especially Mikey Thompson, the things he’s gone through the last couple of years battling through injuries. He took a back-up role through the majority of the year and when he got his chance he stood on his head.”

– Peteroborough forward Scott Evans, to The Peterborough Examiner

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“That’s the first time I think I have heard them cheer my name that much. That was an awesome experience.”

– Peterborough goalie Mike Thompson, to The Peterborough Examiner

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“You can’t stop enjoying the feeling of winning a Mann Cup, especially after the disappointing season we had last year.”

– Peterborough forward John Tavares, to MyKawartha.com

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“(Langley) really put us in a place where we had never been before (down 2-0 in a Mann Cup). For our guys to come back and win four straight was a huge thing for us with a couple of convincing wins. We’re really proud and happy it’s in Peterborough when there are 4,000 fans here. It’s a great feeling.”

– Peterborough coach Jamie Batley, to The Peterborough Examiner

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“You could just see the experience and savvy Peterborough carried themselves with. That’s why they’re strong every year. We’re going to have to keep upgrading to beat an eastern team but we have no choice.”

– Langley coach Rod Jensen, to The Peterborough Examiner

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“This is as much for them as it is for all of us. I feel honoured to be part of the Laker family. And at the other end, that’s a great Langley team. They’re going to be back here. They pushed us hard and we give them a ton of credit for their effort. They never gave up.”

– Peterborough transition player Andrew Suitor, to The Canadian Press

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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