Neil Stewart McGillis
Year Inducted: 1982
Lancaster’s (upper and lower) village native son, “Buster” McGillis, inherited his athletic ability from his family heritage in sport. His father James and uncle Bill were among the top lacrosse players. His uncle Stewart and namesake was one of Canada’s distinguished football players.
“Buster” McGillis began his hockey career with Williamstown High School. He played a major role with Lancaster before joining the Lake Placid Club. While there he became a member of the U.S. Olympic Bob-sled team. He had to resign when the oversight was noted that he was a Canadian citizen.
Montreal Maroons of the NHL were impressed with his defensive hockey ability to the point of negotiations. The best interest of his family business, civic politics and village sport projects was uppermost in his mind so he retired from play.