Williams Retires

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Photo Courtesy of: Linton Photography

Brooklin Redmen legend and fan favourite Shawn Williams has decided to end his career in Major Series Lacrosse (MSL). He played 20 seasons in the MSL, with all but three for the Redmen (2003 in Coquitlam and 2009 and 2010 in Brampton). He won a Mann Cup in 2000 with the Redmen and repeated that feat in 2009 with the Excelsiors also taking the Mike Kelley Award as Mann Cup MVP that year.

Williams holds a number of records as a member of the Redmen; first overall with 757 goals, 1118 assists and 1875 points. He won an incredible six Bucko McDonald Memorial Trophies as top scorer in MSL as well as numerous team awards given out to Redmen players at the annual awards banquet.

Shawn reached another milestone on July 21, 2016 in a 6-4 win over Peterborough. He entered the game with 2,114 all-time points one behind Johnny Davis in second place, by the time the Redmen tied the game at 3-3 at 19:36 of the middle frame Williams had contributed two assists to reach 2,116 all-time points and now stands alone in second behind John Tavares.

Shawn was a proud member of the Redmen, the same team that his father Greg played for in the late 1970s and the two actually played a game together with his father coming out of retirement for the occasion. The Redmen had the game sheet from that contest framed and presented to Williams.

The Brooklin Redmen will miss Shawn’s drive, passion and leadership both on the floor as well as in the dressing room as he was able to share his wisdom with many of the young Redmen players who came along over the years. We wish Shawn and his family all the best in the coming years. The Redmen and their fans look forward to when Dyson Williams is draft eligible for the MSL and perhaps he will don the Redmen jersey with the same pride as his father and grandfather.

What I remember most when he first started playing with us was his tremendous skill set, unselfishness and willingness to do whatever it took to win. Add to that his tremendous leadership and passion for the game it’s easy to see why he has had such a long and outstanding career. – John Fusco, former teammate

Shawn will undoubtedly be recognized as one of the top players in Redmen history. I’ve played with and against Shawn since we were young, it was so much better having him on our team than playing against because he was so dangerous. It’s a testament of his will to play that he’s one of the few players our age to play and last as long as he did, and do so at a level most players only dream of. Brad MacArthur, Former teammate/ Coach

COLLEY STEPS DOWN, MACARTHUR NAMED INTERIM GM

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The Brooklin Redmen announce that Wayne Colley has tendered his resignation effective Wednesday October 26, 2016.

Prior to the start of the 2008 season, he was named General Manager of the Brooklin Redmen with the team on a rebuilding mission. From the start, Wayne had a vision to draft wisely and to build a team that added more local talent to the roster.

Wayne has had a long and successful history with the Redmen. He was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2006 in the Player’s category as a member of the 1985-1991 Redmen dynasty teams. Wayne was also honoured as a life member of the Redmen family.

Over his many years at the helm, Wayne has provided a solid foundation for the team moving forward.

Team president, Dean Link announced that Brad MacArthur has been named interim General Manager and will represent the team at the upcoming Ontario Lacrosse Association annual general meeting as well as the Major Series Lacrosse junior entry draft Draft in January 2017.

The Brooklin Redmen thank Wayne for his hard work and efforts in bringing pride to the organization; we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

Redmen AGM Scheduled

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The Brooklin Redmen will be hosting our AGM on October 26th at 7:30pm in Whitney hall at Iroquois Park. We currently have a couple of positions to fill on our board of directors, so if you ever dreamed about join a world class sports organization then come on out to AGM.

Redmen Season Draws to a Close with 9-6 Loss on the Road

The Brooklin Redmen handed the Six Nations Chiefs a loss on their home floor last Wednesday to knot the semi-final series at 2-2, the first team to accomplish that this season. Two nights later the teams battled at Iroquois Park and the Redmen looked to build on the game 4 win but to no avail as the Chiefs took the 10-8 win (and 3-2 series lead) in a game that saw a couple of momentum swings.

The teams were at it again 24 hours later and the Redmen bus rolled into the ILA parking lot for the 7 pm start for game six.
The Redmen jumped out to a 2-0 lead and the teams were tied at 3-3 after the opening frame. The Chiefs rattled off four straight to start the second period en route to a 7-3 lead. Austin Shanks and Kevin Brownell stopped the bleeding with a pair of goals late to make it 7-5 after two periods for the Chiefs. The teams traded goals to start the third and it was 8-6 for the Chiefs with four minutes to go in the third, that was as close as the Redmen would get as an empty net goal for the Chiefs sealed the win with a 9-6 final and the series four games to two.
Brooklin was 2 for 4 on the powerplay and the Chiefs were 1 for 4 with the extra man. Shots on net were 47-46 for the Redmen.
The Redmen fell just short of a playoff berth last year and this year finished second overall with a record of 12-5-1. They sported a home record of 8-1-0 and a road record of 4-4-1. Shayne Jackson with 52 points was tied at 7th overall in league scoring, Austin Shanks with 46 came in at 13th overall and Dan Lintner with 43 came in at 16th overall.
For 2017, the Redmen will look to their young guns to remain as a core and take that next step. The curtain draws on this 50th anniversary season with some disappointment but also optimism for what lies ahead for this storied franchise.