Gales storm past Leafs at Olympia

[Ed. note: Morely Kells, an advertising executive with some hockey accounts, started the Toronto Maple Leafs Senior Amateur box lacrosse team in 1966. In short order, he had dreams of a professional box lacrosse circuit. To that end, he scheduled a game against the Oshawa Green Gaels, and invited some NHL executives to the match. Bruce Norris, owner of the Detroit Red Wings, attended the game and liked what he saw. The National Lacrosse Association started the next year. This is a press account of the exhibition.]

Oshawa Green Gales lived up to their billing at Detroit Olympia Wednesday night when they thumped Toronto Maple Leafs, 15-8 in an exhibition lacrosse game before 2,182 customers.

The Gaels, disguised for this contest as the Detroit Hornets, have won 35 of their last 36 games as they marched to a fifth straight Ontario Lacrosse Association junior title this week.  They go after a fifth straight Canadian junior title next week.

The lineup sheet from the exhibition (from the Jim Bishop collection)

Ross Jones, league scoring champion with 82 goals, tallied five in this one to pace the Oshawa-Detroit club.  Highly-touted Gaylord Powless had two goals and three assists before leaving the game in the second period with a slight injury.

Ross Othen and Graeme Gair each scored twice for the Leafs of the OLA senior A circuit.

(Windsor Star, August 31, 1967)

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