In the Fifty-fifth edition of “Legends of the Game” we look at the career of Paul Evans.
Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame:
Paul Evans was a gifted athlete who starred in both lacrosse and hockey from an early age.
Born in Peterborough, Paul’s team achievements include an incredible nine provincial championships in five age divisions in minor lacrosse and two Ontario Minor Hockey Association midget titles. He was also on four city minor softball championship teams with St. Alphonsus Church. He would later give back to the local sports community by coaching minor lacrosse for 17 years, picking up more provincial championships.
Paul was on four Minto Cup Championship Teams in junior lacrosse from 1972 to 1975 and would later coach a Minto Cup winning team. As a player, he was the MVP in the 1973 final against Burnaby. An explosive scorer, he once rifled in a record 13 goals in one league game.
Paul also played on four senior lacrosse Mann Cup Championship Teams in 1978, 80, 82 and 84.
He also made his mark in hockey graduating from the Junior B Lions to the Junior A Petes; and playing in the Memorial Cup finals in 1971. He played with the Petes from 1971 to 1975 including the 1973 Petes’ trip to Russia.
Known as a tough, hard-working and crafty hockey player, Paul played 27 games over two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. He also played professional hockey in Oklahoma, Dallas and Michigan.
Paul was named Peterborough’s Senior Athlete of the Year in 1974.
Paul was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2007.
From the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame:
NAME: PAUL EVANS
– MEMBER OF FOUR TIME MINTO CUP CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM PETERBOROUGH PCO’S (1972-75).
– MINTO CUP M.V.P. (1973), LEADING SCORER JR. A (1974).
– MEMBER MANN CUP CHAMPION PETERBOROUGH RED OAKS (1978), PETERBOROUGH LAKERS ( 1982).
– LEADING SCORER IN O.L.A. MAJOR IN (1978 & 1982)
– SPENT MOST WINTERS AFTER 1975 AS PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY PLAYER THE N.H.L. AND THE I.H.L.
Paul Evans played for the Peterborough Petes from 1971 to 1975. In 1971, he played in the Memorial Cup finals. In 1973, he joined his team in a trip to the Soviet Union.
Paul Evans was drafted into both the National Hockey League and the World Hockey Association in 1975. The Toronto Maple Leafs took him in round 9, 149th overall in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft, while the Indianapolis Racers took him in round 13, 162nd overall in the 1975 WHA Amateur Draft.
Despite being drafted into both major leagues, he never played in the WHA, only in the NHL. He played a total of 11 games over two seasons, 1976–77 and 1977–78, in the NHL, all for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He scored one goal and had two points.
During the hockey off-season of his major junior years, he played professional lacrosse. From 1972 to 1975, he joined four teams that were vying for the Minto Cup. He also played in four lacrosse teams vying for the Mann Cup in 1978, 1980, 1982 and 1984.
After his retirement from professional sports, Evans became a lacrosse coach in his hometown of Peterborough for 17 years. As a coach, his team won one Minto Cup.