Gaylord Powless was a lacrosse player who transcended the game and was an icon in his sport and community. His accomplishments in lacrosse are extraordinary. As a signature player for the Oshawa Green Gaels, he led the team to four straight National Junior Championships from 1964 to 1967, while individually winning the national skills competition, the sportsmanship trophy, and the Most Valuable Player award each of these years.
At age 17, Gaylord won the Tom Longboat Award in 1968, which recognizes the top Indigenous athletes in Canada. In 1971, he led his team to win the Canadian National Senior Lacrosse Championship. He would be a marquee player in three different professional leagues setting records for scoring and assists and basically winning every honour in the game.
Gaylord and his father have the rare distinction of being the only father and son duo to be members of both the Ontario and Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Both are members of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Through lacrosse, Gaylord was instrumental in creating bridges, friendships, and goodwill between Indigenous and non-Indigenous players and cultures in Canada.