Bob ‘Bobby’ Allan, famed lacrosse player and coach, was named one of six new members of the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, a richly deserved honour for a man who’s outstanding achievements in sport are well documented.
In his heyday, Allan was in a class by himself as one of the flashiest stickhandlers and 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 played two years of Junior A lacrosse in Peterborough, leading the league in scoring during the 1953 season with 67 points (38 g, 29 a) in 20 games. He moved on to Peterborough senior squad the following season, winning his first Mann Cup. It marked the start of a stellar 13-year senior amateur career in which he captured three more Mann Cup championships (Nanaimo, 1956; New Westminster, 1962; and Peterborough, 1966) and played in another four Mann Cup finals.
During his career, he won three league scoring titles, three league MVP awards, and the Mike Kelly Award as Mann Cup MVP. He scored an astonishing 89 goals in 29 games in 1956 with Nanaimo, a record that still stands today.
Allan later moved into coaching, which included stints in the senior amateur ranks in Peterborough, where he won a Mann Cup in 1973, and in the professional ranks in Philadelphia, where he guided the first incarnation of the Wings franchise. He also coached field lacrosse, helping the Canadian national team capture a gold medal at the 1978 world championship in England.
He’s already a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame, and was also one of 55 members of the Canadian lacrosse community honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal back in 2012.
Allan will be inducted into the Hall alongside Paul Coffey (Hockey), John Campbell (Harness Racing), Marnie McBean (Rower), Bob Gainey (Hockey) and John Hiller (Baseball).
The Class of 2017 will be honoured at the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony & Awards Gala in Toronto at The Westin Harbour Castle (Metropolitan Ballroom) on October 2, 2017.