I’m Justin Skaggs of Wood Lacrosse Sticks. Let’s talk about one of the most valuable trophies in the world, The Mann Cup.
Many in the USA see the NLL as the top of the game, or an NCAA D1 Championship as the pinnacle of the sport, but Canadian Lacrosse has four major cups that predate all “major” lacrosse leagues by a long shot. For many players and fans, particularly in Canada, these cups are the most prestigious awards you could win. For more information or to get a general understanding, be sure to check back on our older video.
The Mann Cup is the trophy awarded to the senior men’s box lacrosse champions of Canada. The championship is a best-of-seven, East-vs-West series played between the league champions of Major Series Lacrosse, in the East, and the Western Lacrosse Association, in the West. The cup was first played for in 1910. It was donated by Sir Donald Daniel Mann, and it is one of the most valuable trophies currently being used. The value of the gold used to make the award is over $170,000 US dollars.
Before Donald donated the Mann cup, the Senior division used the Minto Cup, which is now the Juniors award. Over the years, there have actually been three Mann Cups. The original has been put in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as of 1985. The first replica (the second Mann Cup) was apparently burnt to a crisp during a “Bonfire Mishap” in Peterborough, Ontario. This brings us to our third Mann Cup, which was smelted in 2004 and still lives on today.
I’ll leave you guys with one more interesting fact. The original Mann Cup was actually stolen in the 1980s. They did find it a couple years later, but a piece was cut off of the top of the rim. For the most part, though, it was still intact, and again, this trophy is still available for viewing at the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. I really hope that everyone learned some new information about Canadian Lacrosse. If you have any questions, comments or additions, please leave then in the comment section below. Until next time, take care and keep LAXin’.