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Ross and Gaylord Powless

Statistics:

  • Sport: Lacrosse
  • Born: Ross – September 29, 1926, Ohsweken, Six Nations of the Grand
    River Territory; Gaylord – December 1, 1946, Ohsweken, Six Nations of
    the Grand River Territory

Achievements:

  • 1951-54 – Ross won the Canadian Senior Men’s Lacrosse Mann Cup
  • 1953 – Ross awarded the Mike Kelly Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player
  • 1964-67 – Gaylord won the Canadian Junior A Minto Cup
  • 1964, 1967 – Gaylord awarded the Jim McConaghy Memorial Cup as Most Valuable Player
  • 1965, 1966 – Gaylord awarded the Ken Ross Trophy for ability and sportsmanship
  • 1969 – Ross inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame
  • 1990 – Gaylord inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Alexander Ross Powless (1926-2003) and Gaylord Powless (1946-2001) are the only father-and-son team to be inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Lacrosse had always been an integral sport in the Powless family, who have lived on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory for over 200 years. Ross started playing lacrosse at the age of 12 and, in 1949, was recruited by the Huntsville Senior Men’s Lacrosse team. In 1951, Ross started playing for the Peterborough Timbermen, who went on to capture four consecutive Mann Cups. Ross subsequently played for the Hamilton Lincoln Burners and Hagersville Warriors. Ross and Margaret Powless’s son Gaylord also made his mark on lacrosse. At the age of 17, he was awarded the Tom Longboat Award. In 1964, Gaylord was recruited by the Oshawa Green Gaels and won four consecutive Canadian Junior A Minto Cups. He turned professional in 1968 and, in the following year, played on the Rochester Chiefs, which was coached by his father. That same year, the Chiefs won the Can-Am Lacrosse League title. Gaylord also played for the Brantford Warriors, the Montreal Quebecois, the Six Nations and the Brampton Excelsiors. Ross and Gaylord both coached lacrosse following their playing careers and remained committed to the promotion of sport in the Six Nations community.