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Hamilton Nationals Not Operating in 2014

November 21, 2013 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Hamilton Nationals News Release

Major League Lacrosse announced today that the Hamilton Nationals will not participate in the 2014 season.

"The Nationals organization and Owner Curt Styres thank our loyal fans, the community and our partners for supporting us for the past five seasons," said Hamilton General Manager Stu Brown. "It is because of you that our team and players were a strong and vital part of Major League Lacrosse."

The Nationals began play in Toronto in 2009 as the first ever Canadian team in the MLL. In its five-year history, the club won a Steinfeld trophy in 2009 and qualified for Championship Weekend in 2011 and 2013. In 2011, the Nats fell one goal of short in the Championship Game, falling to the Boston Cannons. Last year, Hamilton finished tied for second place, but lost to the eventual champion Chesapeake Bayhawks in the semifinals.

Major League Lacrosse will remain at eight teams after announcing today that it will place a team in South Florida for the 2014 season. The team will be named the Florida Launch and will play in Palm Beach County. The Nationals' 23-man roster will make up the foundation of the Florida Launch.

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