Ross Powless • Chiefs and Champions

Ross Powless • Chiefs and Champions

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Part of the Chiefs and Champions series

Born in 1926, Ross Powless became a "warrior" of lacrosse by bringing excitement and interest back to the sport at a time when it was declining. Able to trace the birth of lacrosse back to his ancestors from Six Nations, Ross was encouraged to play fair and enjoy the game. He built his great talent on hard work and determination and became known as the player you wanted on your team. During his illustrious career, he received just about every honour available to a lacrosse player. Ross played on four Mann Cup teams in the 1950s and won the Mike Kelly Award as MVP in 1953. He twice received the Tom Longboat Award as outstanding Canadian Aboriginal athlete and was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame along with his son Gaylord. They are the only father/son combination in the Hall. For years, he continued to coach and inspire young players and teams, alongside his many years as band councillor and band administrator.

Titles included in this series:

Chief Roger Adolph
Alwyn Morris
Waneek Horn-Miller
Fred Sasakamoose
Tom Longboat
Darren Zack
Billy Two Rivers
Angela Chalmers
Richard Peter
Sharon and Shirley Firth
Gino Odjick

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