On Tuesday night, Jr. A Excelsiors head coach Pat O’Toole was inducted into the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame. With a very impressive resume we could not be more happy for Paddy, few people are as deserving of this honour.
During his career, Paddy has won championships at nearly every level. Early on he captured two Founders Cup titles, being named the MVP of the series in 1992. In Senior lacrosse he hoisted the Mann Cup a total of four times, twice with the Excelsiors (as both a player and a coach). Outside of the CLA O’Toole also won two NLL championships as a player and then helped coach the Rochester Knighthawks to a three-peat championship from 2012-2014. On the world stage, Paddy had the honour of being part of the first World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, capturing the title as part of Team Canada in 2003.
In addition to his multiple championship Pat has also won numerous awards and set a number of records including most Mann Cup saves, most Mann Cup goals by a goalie, most career saves in the NLL, most goals, assists and points by an NLL goalie and many others.
Perhaps the most influential notes of Pat O’Toole’s career however come in his work with minor lacrosse. Not only is he a former President of the BMLA, but he has spent countless hours volunteering, coaching and giving back in every way he can not just to Brampton lacrosse, but to communities across North America. Through the BMLA Paddy oversaw the donation of equipment to indigenous communities to help keep the spirit of the game alive. The influence he has had, and difference he has made in minor lacrosse has been incredible.
Thank you Paddy O’Toole for everything you have done for lacrosse. We couldn’t be more proud to call you a Brampton Excelsior!