Legends of the Game

The eighty-second 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…Bruce Wanless

Here is the article in it’s entirety:

Bruce Wanless won the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s most valuable player award in both Junior “A” and Senior “A” series during a 16-year career with the Brampton Excelsiors. Wanless, a defenceman, had been playing competitive lacrosse only five years when he received the MVP award while playing with the Canadian champion 1959 Minto Cup winning Junior Excelsiors. For Wanless and his Excelsiors, it was their third consecutive Canadian junior title. His senior career began in 1960.

After Brampton’s elimination in the Ontario playoffs, he joined the Mann Cup Canadian senior champion Port Credit Sailors. Wanless starred with the Eastern Canadian senior champion Excelsiors in 1961 and 1962.

He was named the senior division MVP in 1967. He also played in Canadian senior finals with St. Catharines Athletics and Brooklin Redmen, as a pick-up, for the Canadian finals following Brampton’s elimination from Ontario playoffs.

Wanless played for pro lacrosse Detroit Olympics in 1968, winning the league’s Eastern crown, before losing to Western champion New Westminster. Bruce was named the Major league’s most valuable defenceman in 1970. Before his retirement in 1971, Wanless won best defenseman honours with the Excelsiors in 1970 and 1971.



Bruce Wanless won the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s most valuable player award in both Junior “A” and Senior “A” series during a 16-year career with the Brampton Excelsiors. Wanless, a defenceman, had been playing competitive lacrosse only five years when he received the MVP award while playing with the Canadian champion 1959 Minto Cup winning Junior Excelsiors. For Wanless and his Excelsiors, it was their third consecutive Canadian junior title. His senior career began in 1960.

After Brampton’s elimination in the Ontario playoffs, he joined the Mann Cup Canadian senior champion Port Credit Sailors. Wanless starred with the Eastern Canadian senior champion Excelsiors in 1961 and 1962.

He was named the senior division MVP in 1967. He also played in Canadian senior finals with St. Catharines Athletics and Brooklin Redmen, as a pick-up, for the Canadian finals following Brampton’s elimination from Ontario playoffs.

Wanless played for pro lacrosse Detroit Olympics in 1968, winning the league’s Eastern crown, before losing to Western champion New Westminster. Bruce was named the Major league’s most valuable defenceman in 1970. Before his retirement in 1971, Wanless won best defenseman honours with the Excelsiors in 1970 and 1971.


Inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997.

Inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game 10 years ago. Through the podcasts, he made an association with Kevin Neibauer of Lax Philly, who convinced him to come on board and write for them. The rest they say is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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