Powless was drafted in the 2018 Entry Draft in the sixth round, 73rd overall by Styres in Rochester. He spent the season on the practice roster as a defenseman, strengthening his game on both ends of the floor.
“I am just happy to be back with my band of brothers,” said Powless. “I can’t wait to help make an impact and win a cup.”
He was signed by the Riptide following his rookie season, and spent the 2019-2020 season playing out the front door as a forward. With the signing, the Thunderbirds look to add to their already impressive defensive unit, by adding Powless who will come in to camp ready to compete.
Shortly after being drafted, Powless went on to say "Growing up, I wanted to be a professional lacrosse player. I still have to put in the hard work; I am going to do that until training camp starts."
In 2018 in Jr. A with the Six Nations Arrows he played in 17 games, scoring 17 goals and adding 28 helpers.
“Leland is a young player with good size,” said Assistant Coach Jason Johnson. “He is willing to play anywhere you want him to and we are looking forward to seeing what he can bring come training camp.”