Mann Cup: A tale of two teams

Thunder, Excelsiors set to battle for Mann Cup

While the Brampton Excelsiors celebrate their centennial season in 2012, the Langley Thunder have only been existence since 1994.

The Thunder, who play in the seven-team Western Lacrosse Association, came into the league as the North Shore Indians.

The team moved to the Okanagan for 2000 and 2001 as the Thunder, before going back to the North Shore in 2002 but keeping the Thunder name.

They moved to Langley in 2004.

The Excelsiors were formed in 1912 and in their 99-year history — although they did not compete for 13 years spread out in that span — they have captured 23 league titles and 10 Mann Cups.

They most recently won back-to-back Mann Cup championships in 2008 and 2009.

Brampton plays in the six-team Major Series Lacrosse in Ontario.

The series alternates between B.C. and Ontario.

The 2011 Mann Cup will be played at the Langley Events Centre.

Games one and two are Wednesday (Sept. 7) and Thursday (Sept.8) with games three and four on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 10 and 11).

If necessary, games five, six and seven would be Sept. 12, 14 and 15.

All of the games start at 7:45 p.m.

For daily recaps, visit www.langleytimes.com.

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