Gaylord Powless

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Gaylord (Ross) Powless (1946–2001) was a Mohawk lacrosse player from the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation Indian reserve near Brantford, Ontario.[1] His father Ross was also a highly regarded player. In 2017 Powless was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.[2]

Gaylord Powless was the husband of Patti Broker Powless. He was the child of Ross and Wilma Powless, father of Michelle, Dave, Christopher, and Gaylene Anderson. He was the grandfather of Taylor and David Ross. Gaylord has several siblings; brother Gail (Mark Ayres) of Brantford, brother Gary of Six Nations, brother Audrey (Jim Bomberry) of Six Nations, Greg (Susan) of Brantford, Harry of Vancouver, Arlene (Daniel Martin) of Six Nations, Richard (Effie) of Ottawa, the late Victor, Darryl (Nansii) of Vancouver, Karren (Jerry Martin) of Six Nations, Anthony and Jeffrey, both of Brantford and Jacqueline (Ron Lynes) of Mount Pleasant. He was the son-in-law of Elva Broker and the late Jack Broker of Port Dover; brother-in-law of Leslie and Lena Broker of Oklahoma City, Phil and Dawn Poitras of Simcoe, Gerald and Dianne Broker of Delhi, Joe and Linda Misener of Port Dover; close friend of Jotham Dumesnil.[3]

Gaylord completed high school at the R.S McLaughlin Collegiate and Vocational Institute.[4] He won the Tom Longboat Award as best First Nations athlete in Canada when he was 17. He was then recruited by the Oshawa Green Gaels junior lacrosse team as a centre and forward position, jersey number 15.[4] In his first game with the Oshawa Green Gaels, he scored 3 goals and 5 assists in the first game.[5] Then the Oshawa Green Gaels team won the Minto Cups from 1964 to 1967[2]; he was chosen as most valuable player in the series in 1964 and 1967. Gaylord won the Ken Ross trophy for ability and sportsmanship in 1965 and 1966.[5] Gaylord was selected for the first All-Star Team Centre in O.L.A Junior A Series in 1967.[4] He went on to a long, successful career in professional and senior amateur lacrosse with teams in Detroit, Syracuse, New York, Montreal, Brantford, Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Brampton, Ontario as well as with the Six Nations team. Gaylord played on Canada's national winning team in Indian International Field Lacrosse Tournament at Expo 67 against the United States, coached by Ross Powless.[4]

Powless was also a standout player for the Detroit Olympics[2] of the National Lacrosse Association. He scored 63 goals in the 1968 season; the next highest on Detroit's roster was Elmer Tran with only 30 goals.[6]

He and his father are the only father and son both elected to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Ross Powless was inducted in 1969 and Gaylord was in 1990.[2][5] The Ohsweken, Ontario Arena is named for him. It was later renovated in 2005 to include separate gyms for elementary school children, teens, and adults.[7]

A cousin, Delby Powless, (b. 1980), played attack at Herkimer CC and Rutgers,where he was an honourable mention All-American, and now plays the box game professionally.

After Gaylord retired, he coached minor lacrosse and hockey teams on the Six Nations Reserve where he lived.[5]


  1. ^ "CM Magazine: Lacrosse Warrior: The Life of Lacrosse Champion Gaylord Powless. (Recordbooks).". Retrieved 2017-03-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d Giddens, David (19 April 2017). "The legend of Gaylord Powless — lacrosse savant: Six Nations prodigy was an icon to the sport and his community". CBC Sports. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Message Boards". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  4. ^ a b c d "{Turtle Island Native Network} • View topic - Hall of Fame recognition for "The Magnificent Mohawk"". Retrieved 2017-03-16. 
  5. ^ a b c d Network, Canadian Heritage Information. "Gaylord Powless". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 2015-06-10.  External link in |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Groundbreaking on Six Nations elders/youth centre". Brantford Expositor. Retrieved 2017-03-16.