Sport Successes

Ross Powless is considered one of the best lacrosse athletes and is known as the father of modern lacrosse. As a player for the Peterborough Timberman, Ross led the team to three consecutive Mann Cup victories awarded to the senior men’s box lacrosse national champions between 1951 to 1953. In the 1953 Series, Ross was awarded the Mike Kelley Memorial Trophy, recognizing him as the Most Valuable Player in the playoff series.

Ross Powless won four consecutive Mann Cups with the Peterborough Timbermen between 1951 and 1954.
Courtesy of the Powless family

For two consecutive years, 1951-1952, Ross Powless won the Tom Longboat Award, recognizing him as Canada’s outstanding Indigenous athlete. From 1956 to 1958, as both a player and coach for the Hamilton Sr. A Lacrosse Team, Ross won every Ontario Lacrosse Association trophy he qualified for including the Most Valuable Player, Best Defensive Player, Top Scorer and Coach of the Year.

Ross Powless was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1969. Currently on loan from the Gaylord Powless family to the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition

Following his playing career, Ross Powless coached various All-Indigenous teams to three national championships, including coaching six of his sons to a North American Indigenous Lacrosse Championship in 1974. He is also an Honoured Member of the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition, The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1969, and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2020/21.

Trophy gifted to Ross Powless upon his induction into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Courtesy of the Powless family

His lifetime of involvement and contribution to the game has honoured his family, his community, his culture, and left the legacy of the sport stronger for future generations.

Ross Powless (centre) shows his teammates the medal he won for outstanding individual play in the Mann Cup games in the 1950s.
Courtesy of the Powless family