Monday, February 28, 2011

Eckensviller spends time with the Mann Cup

There are unsung heroes on every championship team.
On a team of mostly sung heroes, such as the Peterborough Lakers, who won the 2010 Mann Cup national lacrosse championship with a star-studded cast of players, Pickering's Derek Eckensviller was proud to play a small part.
He was recently rewarded for his efforts as the Major Series Lacrosse team's head athletic trainer by getting his turn with the Mann Cup, lacrosse's holy grail that dates back to the start of the 20th century and is valued at $25,000.
It's not the first time Eckensviller has experienced the thrill of winning it all, but it's been quite awhile now. Eckensviller, 40, was also with the Brooklin Redmen when they captured the big prize back in 2000.
"When we won in Brooklin in 2000 it was special, winning at home," Eckensviller recalled. "It was special to be a part of, especially with a lot of local players, and at that time we were really underdogs. We had young talent.
"This one was special because we were expected to win from the start," he said of a Lakers team that featured the likes of John Grant Jr., John Tavares and brothers Shawn and Scott Evans. "I was overwhelmed and proud that they selected me."
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