Season-long competition between all five Canadian teams set to launch during Face Off Weekend

PHILADELPHIA and OTTAWA (November 23, 2021): The National Lacrosse League (NLL) and Alterna Savings (Alterna), are pleased to announce the return of the Alterna Cup for the 2021-22 Season. The Cup was introduced during the 2019-20 season, which was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership brings together one of Canada’s most innovative financial institutions and the largest and most successful men’s professional lacrosse league.

 “We could not be more excited to have Alterna Savings return for the 2021-22 season as the Exclusive and Official Banking Partner of the NLL in Canada,” said NLL Commissioner, Nick Sakiewicz. “The Alterna Cup will add an exciting twist on every matchup between our five Canadian teams and their loyal fans. Only one team will be able to claim the Cup and five competitive teams will be itching to win the title.”

Alterna Savings is the official financial institution for the NLL in Canada. Founded in 1908, Alterna Savings is a credit union known for its high-touch service and community roots across Ontario. Alterna, delivers The Good in Banking™, and care for hundreds of thousands of Canadians’ financial well-being every day. 

“Lacrosse is Canada’s national sport, and we’re so pleased to be able to come together to enjoy it again,” says Rob Paterson, President & CEO, Alterna. “We look forward to honoring the inaugural winning team and its dedicated players with the prestigious Alterna Cup trophy!”

The Alterna Cup is a season-long competition among the five Canadian franchises, based on head-to-head competition between the Calgary Roughnecks, Halifax Thunderbirds, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors. The team with the best winning percentage in those games will be crowned the inaugural Canadian champion and receive the Alterna Cup trophy.

Below is the full schedule for the Alterna Cup matchups. Nine games will be featured as the Game of the Week on TSN and are denoted in bold on the schedule below. This season, all NLL games are available on and the TSN app in Canada as well as ESPN and ESPN+ within the United States (all games Eastern time; dates and times subject to change):

  • Saturday, December 4, Saskatchewan at Halifax, 6pm
  • Friday, December 10, Toronto at Halifax, 6pm
  • Saturday, December 11, Calgary at Saskatchewan, 8:30pm
  • Friday, December 17, Saskatchewan at Vancouver, 10:30pm
  • Thursday, December 30, Halifax at Calgary, 9:30pm
  • Saturday, January 15, Halifax at Toronto, 7pm
  • Saturday, January 22, Vancouver at Calgary, 9:30pm
  • Saturday, February 12, Saskatchewan at Vancouver, 10pm
  • Saturday, March 5, Vancouver at Halifax, 6pm
  • Saturday, March 12, Toronto at Vancouver, 10pm
  • Thursday, March 17, Saskatchewan at Calgary, 9pm
  • Saturday, March 26, Calgary at Saskatchewan, 9:30pm
  • Friday, April 1, Vancouver at Calgary, 9pm
  • Saturday, April 9, Vancouver at Saskatchewan, 9:30pm
  • Saturday, April 16, Halifax at Toronto, 7pm
  • Saturday, April 16, Calgary at Vancouver, 10pm

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About the National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 15 franchises across the United States and Canada: Albany FireWolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, Las Vegas NLL, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (TX), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors.

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About Alterna

Alterna Savings and Credit Union Limited (Alterna) has been the good in banking™ for 113 years and, based on assets under management, is one of Canada’s Top 10 credit unions (CCUA, 2021). Alterna is made up of Alterna Savings and Credit Union Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Alterna Bank. Together, we have $10 billion in assets under management.

As the first full-service, member-owned co-operative financial institution outside Quebec, Alterna Savings shares its expertise with more than 185,000 members through a network of 35 branches across Ontario, that includes partner Peterborough Community Savings; as well as call centre and digital channels. Members and customers also benefit from an industry-leading online brokerage, investment management services, and have access to over 43,000 surcharge-free ATMs in North America with THE EXCHANGE Network in Canada and the Allpoint Network in the US.

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