Lakers gather one more time to celebrate Mann Cup with parade, banquet

Coach Bobby Keast (right), Andrew Suitor (centre) and Tyler Carlson display the Mann Cup atop a sponsor vehicle at the end of the Lakers parade. (Photo: Stephen Stamp)
Coach Bobby Keast (right), Andrew Suitor (centre) and Tyler Carlson display the Mann Cup atop a sponsor vehicle at the end of the Lakers parade. (Photo: Stephen Stamp)

The love affair between the city of Peterborough and its Lakers continues to reach new heights. The team, which captured its fifth Mann Cup title in nine years this summer by downing the Langley Thunder four games to two, was feted with a parade through town Friday night. Festivities began with a gathering in front of City Hall. Mayor Daryl Bennett addressed the group of fans, saying the vintage cars in which the players would ride through the streets were appropriate for many of the team’s vintage players. The cars included a 1933 Buick; Tyler Carlson stood on the sideboard and exchanged high-fives with fans for much of the route.

Players, coaches and management then made their way to the team banquet. About 300 were in attendance as the team presented its player awards, thanked fans and sponsors for their dedication and enjoyed a highlight video of the Mann Cup. The presentations included one newly created award for top transition player. The award winners included:

MVP: John Grant, Jr.
Top defensive player: Mac Allen
Leading scorer: Shawn Evans
Top transition player: Brad Self
Most sportsmanlike player: Brad Self
Fan favourite: Mark Steenhuis
Rookie of the Year: Jimmy Purves
Most dedicated: Andrew Suitor and Mark Steenhuis
Most improved: Mark Farthing

More coverage of the parade is available in the Peterborough Examiner.

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 stamplax@hotmail.com.

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