Belanger and O’Connor switch teams in Major Series Lacrosse Trade


A pair of young stars will be switching uniforms this summer after a significant pre-draft trade in Major Series Lacrosse. The Oakville Rock have shipped goalie Tye Belanger to the Brampton Excelsiors for transition player and 2013 MSL Rookie of the Year Ethan O’Connor.

The deal brings yet another member of the National Lacrosse League’s Toronto Rock to the Oakville team that shares their name and their General Manager; Terry Sanderson fills that role for both clubs. With this trade, Sanderson has acquired the player he selected with Toronto’s first pick in the NLL draft last fall. The Rock last year also acquired goalie Nick Rose for after he completed last season in the Western Lacrosse Association.

“It’s just something where we had two number 1 goalies on our roster,” Sanderson says. “Brampton had shown some real strong interest in Tye. I know Tyler wants lots of minutes. I know Rosey wants lots of minutes. I was just a real good fit. We drafted Ethan for the Toronto Rock and really like all the potential and upside, so it just seemed like an easy fit. And he’s as close to Oakville as you’re going to get, so I think it’s a win win for everybody.”

Belanger is in his third year with the Colorado Mammoth in the NLL and was acquired by Oakville from the Peterborough Lakers in a trade that sent Andrew Suitor the other way. Brampton GM Zenny Lipinski says they had wanted to get Belanger back in Brampton since he was traded away for his last couple of years of junior. “We’re happy to get Tye. I drafted him out of midget. He’s a number 1 goalie or he will be at one time or another, and he’s a great person,” Lipinski says. “It was hard to give up a quality player like Ethan, but to get quality you’ve got to pay quality.”

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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