If you aren’t neck-deep in the lacrosse game, you might not have been aware that the biggest soap opera in all of sports was going on in Canada over the last three days. Indeed, these last 72 or so hours have been pretty wild in our friendly federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy neighbor to the north. Nevertheless, it appears as the craziness has subsided as Game 2 of the Minto Cup will be played tonight.
UPDATE— Minto Cup 2018 (@MintoCup2018) August 24, 2018
Agreement has been reached.
Minto Cup 2018 Game 2 will start at 8:00 tonight,
Max Bell Arena #yyc
A joint statement from the Convenor and Referee in Chief will be issued with full details
-no referees will be disciplined
-referees will be indemnified
-Jeff Teat will play pic.twitter.com/nWdFbe6SH1
Now I know many of you are not up to speed on this story, as the Minto Cup isn’t that big here in America and there are a lot of moving parts in this saga. Indeed, it has been quite difficult even for us to keep up with everything, as official statements regarding what was going on weren’t plentiful. But I am going to do my best piecing this whole thing together for you.
What is the Minto Cup?
Me pretending like I have any idea what y’all have been tweeting about lately pic.twitter.com/hJblVa5k3p— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) August 23, 2018
Created in 1901, the Minto Cup is a coveted Canadian trophy awarded annually to the champion junior men’s box lacrosse team of Canada. Box lacrosse is a big deal in the Great White North, and the Minto Cup is one of the biggest and most hotly contested tournaments in the entire country. This year has been no different as teams have competed spiritedly during the tournament. You can find the official website here.
Ok, So What happened?
This week is the Minto Cup final featuring the Coquitlam Adanacs and the Brampton Excelsiorsm. Coquitlam beat Brampton 11-9 in Game 1 on Tuesday. While the game was close and entertaining, the real fireworks and the proximate cause of this entire drama occurred at the end of Tuesday’s game. Allegedly, and I use that word very carefully, Brampton’s head coach and star player got into it with one or more refs after the game, words were exchanged, and both were assessed penalties for abuse of an official. The Brampton player in the middle of this whole saga is Jeff Teat of Cornell.
Details about what happened are difficult to come by. Additionally, it is hard to even figure out when the penalties actually occurred. Lax Philly put up a post on Wednesday that stated the incident that led to the penalties occurred after the game. However, this morning the Calgary Sun posted that the incident occurred with 3 seconds left in the game on Tuesday night.
Excelsiors head coach Dan Teat and captain Jeff Teat — the team’s leading scorer with 40 goals and 72 assists heading into the Minto Cup — were both assessed match penalties with less than three seconds left in Tuesday’s first game of the best-of-five championship series for alleged abuse of an official.
The Calgary Sun article is very interesting as it is the only publication I’ve found that actually has a timestamp as to when the incident occurred. It is also very interesting because there is no mention of any end of game or post-game penalties in the box score.
Shortly after the game ended on Tuesday, NLL play-by-play announcer Jake Elliot Tweeted out that Jeff and Dan Teat were suspended for the next three games of the series, including Game 2, which was supposed to be played on Wednesday night
BREAKING : I have yet to confirm 100% but I’m hearing both Dan and Jeff Teat were assessed Match Penalties for abuse of officials at the end of Game1 @MintoCup2018 I believe match penalties carry an automatic 3 game suspension. Keep you posted ... #Lacrosse— Jake Elliott (@PxP4Sports) August 22, 2018
So this is where the story really gets going. Match penalties suspensions are supposed to be automatic with no appeals .... except for “factual error.”
From the Calgary Sun's post from a few hours ago.— Eri_Barrister (@Eri_Barrister) August 23, 2018
"Match penalties come with an automatic three-game suspension and can only be appealed based on factual error." https://t.co/PrUvFK4eoL
On Wednesday evening Jeff and Dan Teat appealed their suspensions. The appeal was heard mere hours before the game was supposed to begin. With everyone waiting for a resolution, the game ended up being delayed as the parties were still trying to find an agreement well after the official start time. Unfortunately, the Minto Cup official Twitter account didn’t really provide much clarity.
UPDATE: There is NO update. Yes there were suspensions given by the referees after Game 1. The suspensions are automatic and not appealable. There was a hearing or an appeal and the player has come to the floor. We are not aware of the resolution. As soon as we know, you will.— Minto Cup 2018 (@MintoCup2018) August 23, 2018
There was a lot of innuendo and speculation on Twitter, but it wasn’t until the Brampton official Twitter account Tweeted that Jeff Teat was playing that it seemed like things were settling down and a resolution had been found.
Breaking news : Jeff Teat is playing— Brampton Jr A (@BramptonJrA) August 23, 2018
Jeff Teats suspension has been dropped. Dan Teats suspension has not been dropped. #Believe— Brampton Jr A (@BramptonJrA) August 23, 2018
He’s warming up. # 51 pic.twitter.com/3aHNSAmzNk— Brampton Jr A (@BramptonJrA) August 23, 2018
So Jeff Played And All Was Well?
Well, not exactly. Actually, the exact opposite of that happened. Upon hearing that Jeff Teat was going to be allowed to play the refs assigned to the game refused to come out of the locker room. Again, from the Calgary Sun:
With match penalties come automatic three-game suspensions. Those bans to each of the Teats were subsequently upheld Wednesday by the discipline committee at the Minto Cup. But the Excelsiors then appealed the suspensions later Wednesday. “The discipline committee heard their comments, and the discipline committee put it in hold mode,” Gibson said. “Subsequent to that, the referees got wind of it and they decided they weren’t going to go out on the floor until things were resolved. It wasn’t going to get resolved (Wednesday night).
Them: Jeff Teat better not walk out that locker room.— Eri_Barrister (@Eri_Barrister) August 23, 2018
Jeff Teat: pic.twitter.com/zb35qpgaNI
So with the refs refusing to come out of the locker room and with everyone waiting for an official comment, the Minto Cup Twitter account dropped the news late last night that Game 2 was canceled and there was no update as to when it would be rescheduled.
Game 2 scheduled for tonight WEDNESDAY August 22nd has been CANCELLED. Awaiting word from the Convenor on the schedule going forward. Will update as soon as we have the plan. #yyc #CanadasNationalSport #Lacrosse pic.twitter.com/Jk1gn5O7pG— Minto Cup 2018 (@MintoCup2018) August 23, 2018
They Canceled The Game?!
So What’s Happening Now?
The parties were trying to figure out a solution all day today. Complicating the matter were reports that the refs were unwilling to budge and that other tournaments were in danger of cancelation as well.
The plot thickens ... now hearing that the Officials who are scheduled to attend both @presidentscup18 and @MannCup2018 will not attend depending on how things play out @MintoCup2018 A line in the preverbal sand has been drawn.— Jake Elliott (@PxP4Sports) August 23, 2018
A little over an an hour ago Tweets popped up on Twitter that the game was going to be played tonight and that Jeff Teat would be in the line-up.
And Coquitlam has arrived, we’re being told game 2 of the Minto cup will be played at 8:00 pm at Max Bell Centre pic.twitter.com/bue3ztMCuU— Glenn Campbell (@CTVGCampbell) August 23, 2018
WHO NEEDS THE MINTO CUP TWITTER FEED HAVING DELAYED ANNOUNCEMENTS WHEN YOU HAVE JAKE "TWO T'S" ELLIOTT! https://t.co/hEycwRkbRg— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) August 23, 2018
Those Tweets were right on the money as the Minto Cup Twitter account finally Tweeted out about an hour ago that the game would be played tonight, Jeff Teat will be in the lineup, and that a joint statement would be released with full details. So it looks like everyone finally came to their senses and figured out a solution. It will be interesting to read the official statement once it is online. I’ll update this post after it is released.