Bruce Wanless is known as one of the game’s greatest defensive players. He was inducted into the Brampton Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1987, the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002.
Bruce did not begin playing until 1955 as a 17-year-old. He played mainly with the Brampton Excelsiors, but also with the professional Detroit team in 1968 and Kitchener in 1969. He ended his playing career in 1972. He won three Minto Cups for Brampton and played in four Mann Cups, winning one of them for Port Credit as a pick-up player.
Wanless won the McIntosh Award as OLA Jr. A MVP in 1959, and the OLA Senior A Merv McKenzie Awrd as Best Defensive Player on four occasions. He played against and earned the respect of some of the game’s legends including: Johnny Davis, Bobby Allan and Jack Bionda.