Gavin Prout Induction Video

Gavin Prout has an extensive list of championship team wins and individual awards throughout his lacrosse career.

With Whitby Warriors (1995-1999) Jr A, Gavin won Minto Cups 1997 and 1999, 1998 – Dennis MacIntosh Memorial Trophy (Junior “A” MVP), 1999 – Bobby Allan Trophy (Top Scorer in Junior “A”), 1999 the E.W. Billy Evans Trophy (Top Graduating Player in Jr A) and also the Dean McLeod Trophy (MVP in Jr A playoffs).

 

With the Brooklin Redmen Major trophies won included the 2000 – Mann Cup and Gene Dopp Trophy (Top Rookie).

In professional lacrosse he played with the Colorado Mammoth, the NLL Championship in 2006 (as team captain, was selected as an NLL All-Star on seven occasions, and his Colorado Mammoth sweater (Number 9) was officially retired.  In the MLL, Professional Field Lacrosse, he was a member of four champion teams in the period 2002 through 2009.

Gavin also represented Canada in several field and indoor championships from 1996 to 2007. His Team Canada participation included a win of the gold medal in 2007 in box lacrosse and a field lacrosse bronze in 1996, silver in 2002, and gold in 2006.   Highly respected by both teammates and opposition players as a good person, and a positive role model for players at all levels. In summary, during his career as consistently a top scorer and team leader, Gavin Prout was a truly a world class player and for these accomplishments in lacrosse, Gavin Prout was inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame

What did you first think about and feel when hearing the news of your induction into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame?

I was humbled and grateful when I first heard about my induction to the 2023 Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. I have been fortunate to be inducted to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2007 as a part of the 2006 Canadian Field Lacrosse men’s team, so to have an individual achievement like this coming full circle is truly amazing.

What are one or two special or memorable moments or achievements that you feel were special highlights in your lacrosse career?

I think the championships for the Whitby Warriors Jr A 1997 and 1999 teams were special teams to me. I grew up alongside the majority of those players and winning in front of our hometown crowd with family and friends present was tremendous.

Obviously the 2006 Team Canada Gold was another special achievement for all of us as it was the first time in 28 years that Canada finally beat the USA, once again on home soil. The 2006 NLL Championships with Colorado holds a special place in my heart as that was my first and only NLL Championship. Lastly, having my number retired in Denver Colorado was extraordinary, my parents were there and to have them witness an achievement like that is once in a lifetime.

Were there any critical decisions that changed your path?

I think like most Canadians, I played both hockey and lacrosse each year. Hockey in the winter and lacrosse in the summer. At some point you hit a crossroad where you have to choose which sport to fully invest your time and effort in. I had my father alongside me in lacrosse as well as a special coach named Jim Bishop, those two special men helped shape my decision to stick with lacrosse full time. Without them I may still be chasing the hockey dream, who knows.

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