Considered one of the best lacrosse players in the west, Wayne Goss excelled at all aspects of the game from goal scoring and play making to penalty killing and face-offs. Goss retired in 1981 after fourteen seasons with the Salmonbellies. In 1983, his sweater was retired on “Wayne Goss Night” at Queen’s Park Arena. Goss was later also inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1986.
During his career from 1968-81), Goss scored 812 goals, added 1040 assists, and amassed 1852 points in just 465 games. At the time of his retirement this was an all-time high in the Western Lacrosse Association.
He held forty-one Western Lacrosse Association scoring and face-off records and shared four others.
Goss was named “Rookie of the Year” in 1968, “Most Valuable Player” (League) on four occasions (1969-71, 1975) and playoff “MVP” three times (1968-69, 1976). He was named to eleven all-star teams and won five Mann Cup championships (1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1981) with the Salmonbellies.
Goss set a WLA and Canadian record in the 1981 Mann Cup series with an assist during the final seconds to amass a 98-point total and, as a result, was awarded the “Mike Kelly Medal” as the series’ MVP.
He played in the 1968 and 1969 National Lacrosse League championships, winning in 1968 over Detroit. Goss also played for Canada in the 1974 world field lacrosse championships in Australia.