In the one hundred and third edition of “Legends of the Game” we look at the career of Angus J. “Bones” Allen
Angus J. “Bones” Allen (September 12, 1881 – June 28, 1941) was a Canadian ice hockey and lacrosse player in the early 1900s. He was a member of the Ottawa Silver Seven team which won the Stanley Cup from 1904 until 1906. Allen played in the Stanley Cup series versus Dawson City in 1905.
Born in Cornwall, Ontario, Angus became a member of the Cornwall Hockey Club in 1901. He played for the club for three seasons, in the Southern Ontario Hockey Association and in the first year of the Federal Amateur Hockey League (FAHL) in 1903–04. In 1904–05, he joined the Ottawa Hockey Club during its reign as Stanley Cup champions. He played for Ottawa only that one season. At the time, professional lacrosse paid better than ice hockey, so he concentrated on his lacrosse career. He did play one more season of ice hockey for the Cornwall Hockey Club in 1908-09 in the FAHL.
Allen began playing senior lacrosse in Ontario, ca. 1898-99 for the Ottawa Capitals. In 1908 he went west on tour with the Ottawa team and then stayed afterwards in Vancouver. He played professional lacrosse with the Vancouver Lacrosse Club between 1909 and 1915. He went overseas after the 1913 season but returned in 1915 for one final season with Vancouver. In six seasons (1909–1913; 1915) with Vancouver, he played in 56 games and scored a total of 38 goals. He was primarily a ‘home’ (midfield) player but halfway through his final season he moved up to the ‘outside home’ position on the attack.
Allen was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a field player in 1966.
From the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame:
Angus “Bones” Allen split his playing career between the East and the West.
Born in Ontario he played for the Ottawa Capitals and the Cornwall Indians before being lured west by Con Jones (Charter). In Vancouver, British Columbia, he was a member of the World Championship Minto Cup winners in 1911.
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 in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as 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. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
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).
Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.