Nicknamed the Marvellous Mohawk, Gaylord Powless is remembered as one of the finest players to ever set foot on a lacrosse floor. Born December 1st 1946 Powless had a lacrosse stick in his hands since the day he could walk. By the time he was seventeen he was honoured with the Tom Longboat award as top Native athlete in Canada. That year, he also caught the eye of legendary coach Jim Bishop who would eventually put Powless in a game after an injury to another player. Powless scored three goals and five assists in his first game for the Oshawa Green Gaels. He went on to lead the Gaels to four Minto cup championships in as many years, from 1964 to 1967.
Powless was awarded the Jim McConaghy Memorial Cup as the most valuable player in 1964 and 1967, he also took home the Ken Ross trophy for ability and sportsmanship in 1965 and 1966. Powless went on to play for professional teams in Detroit, Syracuse and Montreal and senior or major teams in Brantford, Coquitlam, Six Nations and Brampton.
Gaylord and his father, Ross Powless, made lacrosse history in 1990 when Gaylord was selected to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Ross had been selected in 1969, they were the only father /son duo to share that honour. After retiring from playing the game, Powless coached minor lacrosse and hockey teams back at his home on the Six Nations Reserve, ironically most games took place at the Gaylord Powless Arena.
Gaylord passed away in the summer of 2001 after a long bout with cancer, he was 54 years old.
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