Lake League West

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Lake League West Division
Teams
No. of teams 4
Championships
Most recent LL West champion Chicago Pit Bulls (6th title)
Most LL West titles Ohio Oxen (11)
Bull Cup Championships 12 (3 as wild card)

The Lake League West is one of four divisions within the Bull League (the Metropolitan League and the Lake League each have an East and a West division). The division was formally established in 1991 with the establishment of the Lake League, along with the LL East division. Before that time, the Lake League was known as the Central League and was also divided into an east and west division.

The LL West consists of five teams, three of which are located in U.S. states surrounding the Great Lakes, and two which are in the Canadian province of Ontario, bordering Lake Ontario.

At the end of the regular Bull League season, the LL West team with the best win-loss record is named the division title winner, and earns one of the four playoff spots in the LL Elimination Round.

Division membership

Current members

Former members

Central League

The Lake League was formally established in 1991. From 19891990 the predecessor to the Lake League was the Central League. The original Central League West division consisted of:

Division member timeline

Years
LL West Division
91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Chicago Pit Bulls
Detroit Motorheads
Grand Rapids Hops
Minneapolis Ravens
Hamilton Industrials Hamilton Crusaders 1
New York Minutemen
Ohio Oxen
Toronto Ducks
     Division won Bull Cup Championship Series      Division won Lake League Championship Series      No season played

Division Champions by Year

Year Winner Record Pct. Playoff result
1991 Ohio Oxen 21-9 .700 Lost LLCS to Boston Brawlers, 3-2
1992 Ohio Oxen* 10-6 .625 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Seattle Salts
1993 Toronto Ducks 21-9 .700 Lost LLCS to Chicoutimi Cinquantes, 3-1
1994 No season played
1995 Ohio Oxen 41-40 .506 Lost LLCS to Montreal Metros, 3-1
1996 New York Minutemen 48-43 .600 Lost LLCS to Kingston Battlements, 3-1
1997 New York Minutemen 51-29 .637 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Calgary Chinooks, 3-2
1998 New York Minutemen 51-29 .637 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Nevada Speeders, 3-0
1999 New York Minutemen 52-28 .650 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Calgary Chinooks, 3-2
2000 Hamilton Industrials 48-32 .600 Lost LLCS to Kingston Battlements, 3-1
2001 New York Minutemen 50-30 .625 Lost LLCS to Chicoutimi Cinquantes, 3-2
2002 Hamilton Industrials 49-31 .613 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over San Diego Seagulls, 3-0
2003 New York Minutemen 51-29 .637 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Nevada Speeders, 3-1
2004 Ohio Oxen 50-30 .625 Lost LLCS to Chicoutimi Cinquantes, 3-1
2005 Ohio Oxen 52-38 .650 Lost LLCS to Chicoutimi Cinquantes, 3-1
2006 Ohio Oxen 54-36 .675 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Nevada Speeders, 3-1
2007 Toronto Ducks 51-29 .637 Lost LLCS to Montreal Metros, 3-0
2008 Ohio Oxen 48-32 .600 Lost LL Elimination Round to New York Minutemen (wild card), 3-2 (Won Bull Cup as Wild Card)
2009 New York Minutemen 45-36 .556 Lost LL Elimination Round to Ohio Oxen (wild card), 3-1 (Won Bull Cup as Wild Card)
2010 Ohio Oxen 48-32 .600 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Calgary Inferno, 3-0
2011 New York Minutemen 40-40 .500 Lost LL Elimination Round to Boston Brawlers (wild card), 3-1
2012 Ohio Oxen 50-32 .610 Lost LL Elimination Round to Chicago Pit Bulls (wild card), 3-2
2013 Chicago Pit Bulls 49-33 .598 Lost LLCS to Montreal Metros, 3-1
2014 Hamilton Crusaders 50-32 .610 Lost LL Elimination Round to Chicago Pit Bulls (wild card), 3-2
2015 Hamilton Crusaders 47-36 .566 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to Calgary Inferno, 3-2
2016 Ohio Oxen 46-36 .561 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Calgary Inferno, 3-2
2017 Ohio Oxen 60-40 .600 Lost LL Elimination Round to Rimouski Fighting Moose, 3-1
2018 Minneapolis Ravens 63-37 .630 Lost LLCS to Montreal Metros, 3-2
2019 Minneapolis Ravens 100-62 .617 Lost Bull Cup Championship Series to St. Petersburg Admirals, 4-1
2020 Minneapolis Ravens 95-67 .586 Lost LL Elimination Round to Toronto Nomads (wild card), 3-0
2021 Chicago Pit Bulls 105-57 .648 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Calgary Inferno, 4-0
2022 Chicago Pit Bulls 106-56 .654 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over California Tidals, 4-3
2023 Chicago Pit Bulls 105-57 .648 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Miami Storm, 4-1
2024 Chicago Pit Bulls 102-60 .630 Won Bull Cup Championship Series over Washington Freedom, 4-1
2025 Chicago Pit Bulls 106-56 .654 Lost LL Elimination Round to New York Dragons (wild card), 3-1

* - No LLCS series was played in the 1992 season, which was shortened. The Oxen were acclaimed the LLCS champions based on win-loss record, before losing in the Bull Cup Championships to Seattle. League records do not record the 1992 BCCS series scores, only the result.

Division Titles by Team

Italics indicates team has moved from this division.

Titles Team Years
11 Ohio Oxen 1991—1992, 1995, 2004—2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016—2017
8 New York Dragons
(New York Fastballs, New York Minutemen)
1996—1999, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2011
6 Chicago Pit Bulls 2013, 2021—2025
4 Hamilton Crusaders
(Hamilton Industrials)
2000, 2002, 2014—2015
3 Minneapolis Ravens 2018—2020
2 Toronto Nomads
(Toronto Ducks)
1993, 2007
0 Milwaukee Hops
(Battle Creek Attack, Louisville Sluggers)
0 Detroit Motorheads

References