Yep the Whitby Warriors captured this year's Minto Cup but take a look through the years from the beginning when Ontario and B.C. would alternate playing Manitoba before playing for the Canadian Minto Cup Championship. Manitoba was good enough to beat Ontario in 1954 before losing in the Minto Cup final to BC and again in 1955 when Manitoba beat B.C. before Ontario was able to stop them for the Minto Cup. I was happy today to find the final missing Minto Cup semi-final game played in 1957 between Manitoba and Victoria Shamrocks so I have complete statistics of all semi-final series. http://wampsbibleoflacrosse.com/newstats/oldminto2.html" . It's going to be real tough to complete all Minto Cup finals as the newspapers quit carrying summaries in the 70's and 80's and the teams seem to have not kept rcords from those years. What a shame!
I find it interesting how the game seemed to peak in Manitoba at a time that wasn't really one of the peaks in the traditional powers of BC and Ontario. It would be great if Manitoba ever got back to that point. Why not? The Jets are back there, the Bombers support is tremendous, and TNSE (Jets and arena ownership group) might just be interested in an NLL team. There's thousands on the Jets' wait list, that might just carry over to an NLL team. And if lacrosse becomes higher profile, more kids play, and the level of play increases.
Has there been any discussion of reviving the format you mention, with Alberta taking the place of Manitoba? It would give Ontario and BC fans the traditional Minto format so many desire, and perhaps it even makes it more interesting for Alberta teams. At this stage in Alberta's lacrosse development, winning a semi-final series to advance to the Minto might do more to increase the game's profile than always being the underdog at a round-robin format.