In his heyday, Bobby Allan was in a class by himself, the finest lacrosse player in Canada. His consummate skill, agility and adroitness in faking a move made him one-of-a-kind. His backhand shot was a prototype move.
Allan won three scoring titles, three league MVP awards, and the Mike Kelly Award. His record of 89 goals in 29 games in 1956, in British Columbia, still stands. He played on four Mann Cup championship teams and another four Mann Cup finalists. The Mann Cup championship teams were Peterborough in 1954, Nanaimo, BC, in 1956, New Westminster, BC, in 1962 and in Peterborough again in 1966.
Later Bob moved into coaching, first with box lacrosse teams in Peterborough and Philadelphia, PA, and then as head coach of the Canadian National Field Lacrosse Team. His Peterborough teams won a Canadian Semi-Pro Title in 1969, a Mann Cup in 1973, and were Mann Cup finalists in 1970. His Canadian National Field team won the world championship in 1970 in Manchester, England. Bob was elected to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1974.
For one Huntsville, ON native, mastering two sports that go “stick in hand” made him a dual sports star.
Jack Bionda was the first true superstar of Lacrosse in Canada and many observers consider him to be the finest player that sport has ever produced. Bionda's accomplishments, which have included several Mann Cup victories and multiple Most Valuable Player awards are made all the more impressive when you consider that he did all this while simultaneously pursing a professional hockey career.
On the ice, Bionda was a tough defenseman who led the AHL in penalty minutes the same year he made his NHL debut, in 1955-56. Bionda's big league career began with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but his time with them spanned just 13 games and the following season he was claimed by the Boston Bruins in the Intra-League draft.
Bionda spent parts of the next three seasons filling in on the Bruins blue line, suiting up for 80 games and providing three goals and eight assists.
His impressive lacrosse career spanned over two decades between 1945-1968. He spent most of those years on the west coast playing for senior lacrosse teams in Victoria, Nanaimo and Portland, Oregon. Bionda helped his teams win the Mann Cup symbolic of Canadian lacrosse superiority 5 times in 14 years
In total the multi-talented Bionda was able to accumulate twelve seasons of professional hockey, while at the same time re-writing lacrosse record books en route to his Hall of Fame career in the sport.
Bionda has been inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame (1974), Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (1982) and the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame (1998.)