The twelfth installment of Legends of the Game is from the “Legends of our Game” magazine from 1993, put together by the Committee of OLA Jr. “A” governors.
This article is on Brian Bellows.
Brian had a short but impressive lacrosse career. Don Baker, a respected lacrosse player and minor coach, was quoted in 1976 as saying, “Brian Bellows is the best minor lacrosse player I have ever seen.”
Brian was captain and leading scorer of two Canadian Championship teams. In 1976 he was on the Peewee team which won the Nationals in St. Catharines and in 1978 the Bantam team which won the Nationals in Thompson, Manitoba. The Peewee team lost only one game, while the bantams played 50 games and went undefeated in a perfect season. Brian was a tremendous leader, dedicated to improving himself and the team.
Like so many of our games great players, Brian also was a two sport star and this caused his lacrosse career to be cut short. To this day he still says that if he could have made a living playing lacrosse he would still be playing.
Brian has a trophy in St. Catharines named after him for minor lacrosse and has done promotional work to benefit lacrosse. He was also the first NHL player to lend his name to the World Field Lacrosse Championships in Toronto.
Brian’s hockey career has been no less spectacular. He has used many of his earlier athletic skills to have a long and productive National Hockey League career. Truly a Legend of the Game.
Brian was drafted 2nd overall in the 1982 NHL draft. His career lasted from 1982-1999 playing for five NHL teams, amassing 485 Goals, and 537 assists in 1188 games.